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May Beer News

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in collaborations, featured, mad river valley, our beer | Comments Off on May Beer News

May Beer News

First, a thank you. Our 9th anniversary benefit event on 4/8/17 was such a great celebration, and full of gratitude as well. Karen and Sean Lawson were pleased to donate $8,000 to Lily Stilwell to help retrofit her home for accessibility, and $3,000 to the Mad River Path Association to enhance pedestrian connectivity through Irasville and to extend the boardwalk located off Carroll Road towards the Mad River Green. Lawson’s Finest appreciates all of your continued support over the years, and looks ahead to our bright future! BEER DELIVERIES The week of May 1st we are thrilled to distribute a very special Western beer to Vermont! Lawson’s Finest has a refrigerated shipment coming from Yakima WA with a fresh load of hops, and we decided to make a detour and pick up cases of Melvin…a tasty IPA from our friends at Melvin Brewing in Jackson Hole Wyoming. They are two time Alpha King Champions and also have World Beer Cup & GABF bling to prove it, so grab some while you can as it won’t last long. You will find limited quantities on 5/2 at Village Grocery, Mehuron’s, Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, 5/4 Warren Store, Hunger Mountain Co-op, 5/5 Beverage Warehouse and 5/8 Woodstock Hops and Barley. Check out our Find Our Beer page for location information.  Starting May 5th, we bring back an all-time fan favorite beer – Double Sunshine IPA (bottles and draft). It’ll be available in bottles 5/5 at Beverage Warehouse, 5/9 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, and 5/11 at Warren Store, Hunger Mountain Co-op. The week of May 22nd will feature a new collaboration beer with our friends at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro VT. Rico Poivre Rye & Peppercorn Saison (bottles and draft) will debut at the special beer dinner hosted by Whetstone Station on May 17th. It’ll be available in bottles 5/25 at Warren Store, Hunger Mountain Co-op, 5/26 at Beverage Warehouse, and 5/30 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. This month Sean will be brewing a batch of Maple Tripple, our award winning beer brewed only once per year in the spring with 100% concentrated maple sap. Sean will then blend this batch with last years batch (which aged for a full year) before bottling which lends a rich, complex and distinctly Vermont character to the beer. Possible bottle release this summer – follow the monthly beer news for updates! During this month, you’ll find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (cans and draft) around the states of Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Sip of Sunshine IPA – The first packaging run in May features the same quality hops we always use to brew our Sip of Sunshine IPA, however, this batch incorporates a new lot from a different hop farmer. Different lots can have distinct differences in flavor and aroma profile. We are working with our entire hops supply from the 2016 fall harvest to perfect just the right blend of different lots of hops to deliver the most tropical fruit-forward and lupulin-laden experience you expect in every can of Sip! SPECIAL EVENTS May 10 & 11 Lawson’s Finest will make appearances in Massachusetts as a way to thank you for your support! On  5/10 from 9-11pm we’ll be at City Tap House in Boston for a “Fireside Chat with Sean Lawson”. On Thursday 5/11 you can “Meet the Brewer” at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge from 4:30-6:30. From 8-10pm...

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April Beer News

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in mad river valley, our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on April Beer News

April Beer News

We are thrilled to inform you that the Waitsfield Development Review Board has granted our local permits for the new brewery and taproom on Carroll Road. The picture associated with this post is our vision for the new Lawson’s Finest Taproom! Lawson’s Finest honors nine years of brewing by hosting an anniversary celebration on April 8th! All of the details can be found here, and we look forward to sharing amazing beers and having a great time with you while raising money for two great causes! There will be special beer tappenings around the area, including unique casks of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout with tart cherry at The Mad Taco Waitsfield and Sugarbush Castlerock Pub (expected tappings 4/8 11am). The week of April 10th is frothy at the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington DC. Special events featuring Lawson’s Finest include the 4/10 Brewers Association Hill climb where guild reps from all 50 states visit elected officials to discuss policy; 4/12 at Jackpot with a Vermont Tap Takeover; and 4/13 at Churchkey with other notable VT & WY breweries. The week of April 17th debuts Super Session #8 (draft only) in Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. This is a special batch of Super Session using copious amounts of Mosaic hops. Cans are expected this summer! Between now and the summer, Super Session #2 (which features Amarillo hops) will be brewed and packaged in cans and draft. Beginning April 27th, we will release bottles and draft of Kiwi IPA. Brewed with a massive charge of New Zealand grown Nelson Sauvin & Pacific Jade hops, Kiwi Double IPA brings you the terroir of our hop loving friends in the southern hemisphere. Bottles can be found at The Warren Store, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Beverage Warehouse, and Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. During this month, you’ll find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 cans and draft around the states of Vermont and Connecticut, and Sip of Sunshine IPA cans and draft in Massachusetts. New crop of hops are in! You may have noticed a slight difference recently in the flavor profile of our flagship beer Sip of Sunshine IPA. In early February, we began using our 2016 crop of hops in this beer.  Every year both the quality and character of hops and malts that go into our beers vary, as they are seasonal crops. This variation is one of the biggest challenges in the brew house to create a beer that is consistent batch to batch and year to year. In addition, each year’s crop includes numerous lots of the same variety of hops, each originating from a different farmer or different location. Even individual lots can vary widely in characteristics. We love the fact that we create a living product! However, it makes it hard to present exactly the same beer with every batch. In our sensory analysis, the hop lots that we are currently brewing with present a more earthy and dank character than the last several year’s crops. As a result, the tropical fruitiness in the aroma and flavor are a bit more subdued. With our first brew in April, we are bringing in a new lot of hops and Sean is working to optimize just the right blend of different lots to create the most tropical fruit-forward and lupulin-laden experience that we can deliver! We were...

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9th Anniversary Celebration details

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in mad river valley, our beer, our events | Comments Off on 9th Anniversary Celebration details

9th Anniversary Celebration details

Lawson’s Finest 9th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, VT on April 8th, 2017.  Click here for a Google map of Valley Players Theater. We are thrilled to celebrate nine years of brewing with tasty beer, Lawson’s merchandise, food and a great time as we raise funds for several worthy causes:  Lily Stilwell (to help retrofit her home for accessibility) and the Mad River Path Association. Advanced tickets are required for entry to the Beer Lover’s Market from 2-5pm (2 sessions). Separate tickets are required for the Beer Lover’s Ball from 7-11pm.   Buy your tickets on Eventbrite here beginning March 9th at 12 noon EST! Beer Lover’s Market – 2 Sessions (2-3:30pm; 3:30-5pm) – $20/ticket plus Eventbrite fees. LIMIT 2 TICKETS AND 1 MARKET SESSION PER PERSON. Each ticket includes entry to one session of the bottle & can sale plus one draft pour in a Lawson’s Finest tulip glass to keep.  You may only attend one market session and will have the opportunity to purchase up to the limits of all bottles/cans listed below. At the end of each session all attendees must depart the venue. The Beer Lovers Market will feature Lawson’s Finest merchandise, draft beer, bottled/canned beer, and local goods for purchase including a selection of prepared foods from Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen. NOTE: Tickets for the Beer Lover’s Market do not include admission to the evening Ball. Tickets require ID at the door that matches the name on the ticket. All attendees must be 21 years or older. Cash sales only! Beer Lovers Ball – Separate tickets required – 7-11pm – $50/ticket plus Eventbrite fees. LIMIT 2 TICKETS PER PERSON. Admission includes live music from members of Soule Monde & Grippo Funk Band, BBQ dinner buffet provided by Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen, raffle prizes, one draft pour in a Lawson’s Finest tulip glass to keep, and a cash bar (draft list below) with a wide variety of Lawson’s Finest on tap. There will be no bottle/can sales or merchandise sales.  NOTE: Tickets for the Beer Lover’s Ball do not include admission to the daytime Market. Tickets require ID at the door that matches the name on the ticket. All attendees must be 21 years or older. Cash sales only! PLEASE NOTE: ONLY CASH ACCEPTED AT BOTH THE DAYTIME MARKET AND EVENING BALL! (No credit or debit cards or out of state checks will be accepted!) Parking – Limited on-street parking is available on Route 100 near the Valley Players Theater. Additional parking is available behind the Village Grocery, the Bridge Street Marketplace, and at the Waitsfield Elementary School. Look for the parking signs with the Lawson’s logo. Lodging – With a special thanks to our friends, you can get a $35/night rate at Hostel Tevere and 10% off at Mad River Barn – make sure to mention at either location that you are booking for the Lawson’s Finest Anniversary party to get this reduced rate! Transportation – Pay per use options are availabe thru Alpine Limousine, Vermont Tour & Charter and Stowe Taxi. Be safe and have a designated driver! Alpine Limousine is offering a special shuttle for folks staying at Hostel Tevere or Mad River Barn – check out shuttle tickets here. 9th Anniversary Bottle/Can List Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml – LIMIT 2 Triple Sunshine IPA (10.5%) – $12/22oz – LIMIT 2 Idaho 7 IPA (6.9%) – $9/22oz – LIMIT 2 The Space in Between (5%) – $8/22oz – LIMIT 2 Sip of Sunshine IPA (8.0%)...

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9th Anniversary Celebration!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in mad river valley, our events, special events | Comments Off on 9th Anniversary Celebration!

9th Anniversary Celebration!

Save the Date for our 9th Anniversary Celebration!  April 8th Tickets go on sale Thursday March 9th at 12 noon EST. Detailed information can be found here!

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March Beer News

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in our beer, our events | Comments Off on March Beer News

March Beer News

On Saturday March 4th, Mad River Glen ski area will celebrate their annual Telemark Festival with special tappings of Lawson’s Finest brews and beer specials! Beginning March 9th, there will be bottles and draft of Coffee Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. This seasonal specialty is brewed with loads of roasted and black patent malts, and over two gallons of VT maple syrup per barrel. It is then infused with freshly roasted coffee for a rich, creamy, and decadent experience. Beginning March 16th, there will be bottles and draft of Equinox IPA. 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. Bottles of Coffee Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and Equinox IPA can be found in Vermont at The Warren Store, Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, Hunger Mountain Co-op and Beverage Warehouse. We are excited to announce the release of our first ever Sip of Sunshine skis! Parlor Skis has created a beautiful visual of bright yellow sunshine while you careen down the mountain! Buy your pair today! 10% of all proceeds benefit the Stark Mountain Foundation. And for the month of March, when you visit Mad River Glen’s Stark’s Pub, make sure to purchase a raffle ticket to win the pair of Sip of Sunshine skis that adorn the pub wall! During this month, you’ll find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 cans and draft around the states of Vermont and Connecticut, and Sip of Sunshine IPA cans and draft in Massachusetts. You can now purchase Lawson’s Finest at select locations in the White River Junction area as well as Brattleboro Vermont! Check out the Find Our Beer link for more information and updated statewide listings! Lawson’s Finest is thrilled to celebrate our 9th year of business in April! Stay tuned over the first few weeks of March for more information on how to score tickets to our much anticipated annual celebration! NEWSFLASH from Brewing News – As of March 1st, Super Session #2 is in the FINAL ROUND hoping to clinch the award of Session IPA Champion (we are the 2016 Champion!). Hopcelot IPA is amongst the Sweet 16 in the National IPA Championship, and Triple Sunshine IPA is in the Sweet 16 in the National Imperial IPA Championship! Here’s to going all the way to the Championship with each...

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