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February Beer News

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in featured, our beer, our events | Comments Off on February Beer News

February Beer News

February started off with a bang thanks to our distribution expansion announcement! Please check out all of the details of the story here. Our hope is to make many New Englanders elated with the news of adding Stowe to our Vermont territory, distributing in the Massachusetts area and increasing quantity in Connecticut! Beginning February 9th, you’ll find bottles and draft of Hopcelot IPA. Inspired by a dreamy combination of music, hops and beer. Celebrate with us as we revel in the glory of 8 varieties of hops from around the world, brewed to create intricate layers of flavor and to delight your senses! Beginning February 16, Triple Play IPA will be available in bottles and draft. A trifecta of hop varieties deliver a symphony of juicy tropical hop flavors and a wonderful bouquet of aromas. Brewed and dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Centennial. Triple Play IPA was the 2011 Brewing News National IPA Champion! Hopcelot IPA and Triple Play IPA can be found in bottles in Vermont at The Warren Store, Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, Hunger Mountain Co-op and Beverage Warehouse. During the month, you’ll find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 around the states of Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Isn’t that grand?! Friday February 10, 2017 – Lawson’s Finest Beer Lover’s Dinner and Full Moon Snowshoe Join brewer and naturalist Sean Lawson for a 1-hour full moon snowshoe followed by a buffet local-vore dinner paired with a cash bar of Lawson’s Finest brew. $50 includes snowshoe, dinner and one beer. Advanced registration required –Buy Tickets Now! On February 23rd at 6pm join Sean at Sugarbush’s Lawson’s Finest Beer Dinner. Tickets will sell out so get yours today! This is one epic adventure via Cabin Cat or skin to the lodge and enjoy a fresh meal coupled with Lawson’s Finest...

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Our Ship is about to Blast Off!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in featured, mad river valley, our beer, press | Comments Off on Our Ship is about to Blast Off!

Our Ship is about to Blast Off!

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is pleased to announce that we are growing our presence in the Northeast with new territory in Vermont, additional brewing capacity for Connecticut, and by adding the state of Massachusetts to our delivery footprint! Massachusetts Lawson’s Finest is extremely excited to announce that we have chosen Atlantic Beverage Distributors as the proud and capable handlers of our brands. Fans of the highly recognizable bright yellow 16oz Sip of Sunshine cans will be able to get their hands on Lawson’s Finest lupulin-laden liquids every month, with regular deliveries of cans and draft beer beginning January 31st. In future months, Bay State hop lovers will also find Lawson’s Finest Super Session #2, winner of the 2016 National Session IPA Challenge held by Brewing News. This quaffable brew is designed to be light and refreshing with low alcohol, yet the full hop character of an IPA. Sean Lawson, brewer and co-owner of Lawson’s Finest says, “Atlantic has shown us their commitment to keeping our beers cold and getting them to our fans as fresh as possible with their new distribution facility in Holliston and a talented staff.” Vermont Within Vermont, Lawson’s Finest will grow our footprint in the northern part of the state as well as the Upper Valley. “We are stoked to add the legendary ski town of Stowe, and excited by the reception we’ve received from restaurants and retailers” Sean Lawson remarked. Lawson’s Finest will also begin regular deliveries to the White River Junction area soon. Fans of hop forward beers will find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 regularly, as well as special releases of our small batch specialty creations at select locations. Lawson’s Finest Operations Director TJ Greenwood says, “Look for Lawson’s Finest in new locations thanks to the addition of a third truck at the Mad River Food Hub, home to our wholesale distribution company The Beer Guy, LLC.” While the small fleet can’t currently cover the entire state, we are really excited to reach additional towns around Vermont. Furthermore, Lawson’s Finest is poised to break ground this spring on a new Waitsfield, VT location where we will open a 30bbl brewery along with a taproom, retail store, and offices providing a new destination for Lawson’s lovers. Connecticut Starting in February 2017, an expanded supply of cans and kegs of Sip of Sunshine IPA & Super Session #2 will begin rolling out to our wonderful fans in Connecticut. Thanks to our relationship with Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT, we brew Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 locally and deliver it cold and fresh throughout the state with Hartford Distributors Inc. and Star Distributing. Company Story Lawson’s Finest was founded in 2008 and is an award winning, small batch artisanal brewery located in Warren, Vermont. In 2014, we added an alternating proprietorship at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT where our flagship canned IPA’s are brewed by Lawson’s Finest. Our goal is to provide beers of the highest quality and outstanding freshness, featuring world-class IPA’s and unique maple brews, while emulating the best of widely appreciated styles. Our small batch specialty beers are custom crafted in a 7bbl brewery tucked in the woods, on the east flank of Lincoln Mountain in Vermont. Lawson’s Finest beer can be found on...

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January Beer News

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in our beer | Comments Off on January Beer News

January Beer News

Lawson’s Finest is very excited to see what 2017 brings! We’re so grateful that you’re with us on our adventure! Most exciting is the potential purchase of land and buildings that will become our new public brewery and taproom! We still have a ways to go before our anticipated grand opening in 2018, but we’re happy to report that progress is being made. Check out the full original news story here! Due to a break in brewing over the holidays, there will be no specialty bottle releases the week of Jan. 2nd. Beginning Jan 12th, we will have our first special beer of the new year, The Space In Between. From our label, “An ale without definition, blurry and green, with a depth and form unclear, this beer resides in the space in between”. Let your imagination do the rest. Expect this beer to return throughout 2017, each time with a different interpretation. On Jan 13th, join Sean at Mad River Glen ski area for a Naturalist Full Moon snowshoe & brew! Advanced tickets are required and can be purchased here. It’s your opportunity to experience Sean revel about his love of both nature and beer! Starting Jan 26th, fan favorite (and award winner!) Triple Play IPA returns in bottles and draft. UPDATE JAN 19: DUE TO UNFORESEEN DELAYS IN THE BREWERY SCHEDULE, TRIPLE PLAY IPA WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY. Specialty bottles of The Space In Between can be found at The Warren Store, Beverage Warehouse, and Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. Get your hands on fresh batches of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 in Vermont and Connecticut all month long! January brings another exciting chapter in collaboration projects with our friends at Mad River Distillers! Sean will be brewing up another double batch of wash (or wort in the brew house) for the next round of Hopscotch. A Vermont single malt whiskey, it is aged for over a year in charred American oak barrels before seeing the light of day. Our first Hopscotch release in November 2016 was wildly successful and didn’t last long, so our patient fans will have to wait until 2018 for the next batch. Sean was recently interviewed by Welcome to Connecticut (W2CT). W2CT states, “Sean Lawson is one of the most well respected brewers in the industry. Some of his creations, such as Sip of Sunshine, are so highly sought after that people will go to great lengths to get their hands on them. Sean sits down with Ken to discuss his history in the beer community, his transition to contract brewing and making his beers available in other states. He also very candidly talks about the issues of price gouging that have run rampant with some of his beers.” Check out the audio recording here! The actual interview begins at minute 11 in the recording. We’re honored that Double Sunshine IPA was named one of the top 22 beers making the final round of judging in this past fall’s Alpha King challenge at the GABF, representing the best of lupin laden ales in the country. In February, fans can look ahead for upcoming batches of Coffee Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and Hopcelot...

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December Beer News

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in collaborations, our beer, Retail | Comments Off on December Beer News

December Beer News

Happy holidays! Lawson’s Finest has a plethora of gifts to put a smile on your recipients face! Our newest addition is the Sunshine Tin Tacker, perfect for your home beer cave! Please place your orders early to ensure timely holiday delivery. Beginning December 1st Vermont will enjoy the release of Equinox IPA (bottles and draft). Brewed with copious additions of Equinox, this single-hop American IPA features pronounced floral aromas and fruit-laden flavors with notes of lemon, lime, papaya, and apple. On December 6th join Sean Lawson at Mikro in Hamden CT for a beer dinner including Maple Nipple Ale, Big Hoppy Black Ale, Equinox IPA, Peril IPA, Super Session #2 and Sip of Sunshine IPA. Destined to be a great night! The week of December 12th, we will be releasing a new collaboration beer. Stay tuned for the detailed announcement! UPDATED 12/13/16 – We are proud to announce the release of Pow Pow IPA, a collaboration with our friends at Trillium Brewing. This phenomenal double IPA is brewed with Lupulin powder which is a super concentrated hop product made by flash freezing and then shattering intact hop flowers. Trillium Brewing will distribute Pow Pow in their home region of Boston, MA. Beginning Thursday 12/15 Lawson’s Finest will have limited quantities for sale in Vermont on draft at Mad River Barn (Thurs 12/15), Three Penny Taproom (Thurs 12/15),  Mad Taco (Waitsfield) (Tues 12/20), Prohibition Pig (Weds 12/21), Farmhouse Taproom & Grill (Fri 12/23) and at the following retailers – Warren Store (Thurs 12/15), East Warren Community Market (Thurs 12/15), Hunger Mountain Co-op (Thurs 12/15), Beverage Warehouse (Fri 12/16), Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury (Tues 12/20), Village Grocery (Tues 12/20), Healthy Living (Weds 12/21), City Market (Weds 12/21), Woodstock Hops N Barley (Weds 12/21). PLEASE NOTE – Pow Pow is limited in quantity and is expected to sell out quickly! It is up to individual retailers to decide when to make Pow Pow IPA available to customers, but is anticipated on their delivery days.  The first delivery day of Pow Pow is Thursday 12/15, therefore some accounts may not receive Pow Pow IPA until the following week. On December 21st from 6-10pm the Worthy Kitchen is hosting their annual fundraiser for the Vermont Food Bank. Lawson’s Finest is proud to be a partner in this worthwhile endeavor! Back by popular demand beginning December 22, Vermont locations will cheer for Triple Sunshine IPA (bottles and draft). This lupulin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical character, bright floral aromas and exceptional layers of flavor. On Monday December 26th, join Sean Lawson at Two Roads Brewing in CT for a Meet the Brewers event. He and TRB Master Brewer Phil Markowski will be debuting their very limited collaboration Farmhouse IPA, a dry-hopped Farmhouse ale using ingredients from both Vermont and Connecticut such as VT and CT grown hops plus Vermont grown white cedar and Connecticut grown balsam fir. There will also be Sip of Sunshine IPA on draft. Both of these beers are in the tasting room for one day only! Beginning December 27th, we will release Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (bottles and draft). This seasonal specialty is brewed with organic pale malt and almost two gallons of VT maple syrup per barrel. Designed to keep you warm on sub-zero nights and for sipping with a fine meal or dessert. Equinox IPA, Triple Sunshine IPA and Fayston...

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November Beer News

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in collaborations, mad river valley, our beer | Comments Off on November Beer News

November Beer News

The first week of November highlights Mosaic IPA (bottles and draft). Brewed with copious additions of Mosaic, this single-hop American IPA features juicy tropical flavors of mango and grapefruit combined with herbal and earthy pine character. The week of 11/21 will feature a unique batch of Apple Brandy barrel aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (375ml bottles only). Make sure to try this rare and rich creation! Due to the Thursday holiday, all deliveries will occur one day earlier with the exception of Monday & Friday (which will occur those same days). This allows for our drivers to have Thanksgiving day off to enjoy time with family and friends, and still get the beer to your hands! The above special Vermont bottle releases will be available at the Warren Store, Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury and Beverage Warehouse. Friday November 4th, Lawson’s Finest is presenting at the Brew Your Own Boot Camp. Sean will explore techniques and timing of dry hopping, pre-boil hopping such as mash and first-wort, whirlpool/knockout hop stand additions, hop varietal choice strategies, evaluating hops, using hop extracts, and water adjustments for hop-forward beers. Saturday November 5th from 12-3pm, the Warren Store will spotlight various Lawson’s Finest Liquids at a beer tasting. Wednesday November 9th, Lawson’s Finest is honored to be a sponsor at the High Fives Foundation Boston Ski Show party. This event is bound to get you pumped for the upcoming ski and ride season while raising funds for a worthy organization! We are proud to announce the release of HopScotch Whiskey on Tuesday November 15th! Made from malted barley and brewed by Sean Lawson, the wash for this Vermont single malt whiskey is a collaboration between Mad River Distillers and Lawson’s Finest Liquids. The HopScotch release party will be from 6-9pm at the Mad River Distillery Burlington location and RSVP’s are necessary (retail@madriverdistillers.com or 802-489-5501) as space is limited. In addition to HopScotch tastings, we will be pouring a special cask of Apple Brandy barrel aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, Mosaic IPA, Sip of Sunshine IPA, and Super Session #2. VT and CT will receive their usual fresh deliveries of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 in cans and draft....

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