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July Beer News

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in beer fests, featured, our beer, our events | Comments Off on July Beer News

July Beer News

BEER DELIVERIES Starting July 1, a batch of Rhubarb Basil Saison will be released in bottles and draft in Vermont. This springtime brew uses Pilsner, Munich, and Wheat malts, with 40 pounds of fresh local rhubarb and a hearty dose of fresh local basil then fermented with a French Saison yeast for a dry finish. Bottles will be available 7/1 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, 7/6 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 7/7 at Beverage Warehouse. Beginning July 11, Maple Nipple will be released in bottles and draft. It’s a big and rich maple ale loaded with Vermont’s finest maple syrup from start to finish. Our hearty Vermont Maple ale is a unique and tasty brew that is smooth and strong so watch out! Bottles will be available 7/11 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, 7/13 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 7/14 at Beverage Warehouse. Hopzilla Double IPA quenches your thirst beginning July 20 (bottles and draft). This monster of an India Pale Ale will make you pucker up! Loaded with high-alpha US grown Summit, Amarillo, Centennial and Cascadian hops. This brawny, dry hopped ale is wicked strong and will terrorize your taste buds, but has enough malt backbone to balance the intense bitterness. Bottles will be available 7/20 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 7/21 at Beverage Warehouse, and 7/25 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. Idaho 7 IPA makes an appearance starting July 27 (bottles and draft). Brewed with copious additions of Idaho 7, this single-hop American IPA features a new experimental variety. Hop growers describe the character as apricot and orange combined with black tea and a subtle herbal note. Bottles will be available 7/27 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 7/28 at Beverage Warehouse, and 8/1 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. During this month, you’ll find fresh batches of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (cans and draft) around the states of Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Expected in early August are our new cans and draft of Super Session #8! Super Session #2 is brewed with Amarillo hops, while Super Session #8 is brewed with Mosaic hops. We are thrilled to add Metro New York City to our distribution areas! We’ve chosen Sarene Craft Beer Distributors to deliver limited amounts regularly of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (draft & cans). Look for it at your favorite Metro NYC craft beer account! SPECIAL EVENTS July 21 & 22 is the Vermont Brewers Festival on beautiful Lake Champlain in Burlington. Tickets remain for the Friday daytime session so buy yours now! Lawson’s Finest will be pouring all of the fan favorites (Hopzilla IPA, Space in Between, Idaho 7 IPA, Maple Nipple Ale, Bit o’ Balsam IPA, Rhubarb Basil Saison, Super Session #2 and Sip of Sunshine IPA). Plus there will be two special beers only available at the Festival! On Friday at Session 1, we will be tapping a special keg of 2015 Maple Tripple Ale, our three-time Specialty Ale winner at the World Beer Cup (2010, 2012, 2016)! On Friday at Session 2, Sean will be tapping a special cask of Super Session #8, double dry hopped with Mosaic and infused with blood orange! Lawson’s Finest was honored to be invited as a guest brewer to the Maine Brewers Guild Beer Festival on July 29 in Portland.  The Maine...

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Join Our Team

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in mad river valley, press | Comments Off on Join Our Team

Join Our Team

Lawson’s Finest started in 2008 (with a one barrel brewery!) by owners Sean & Karen Lawson. In 2011 they increased the brewery capacity to a seven barrel system. It was truly a “Mom & Pop” operation until 2016 when TJ Greenwood was hired as the first employee. Find more background information here! It is now time for Lawson’s Finest to welcome two more staff to our team! Job openings include an Office Administrator and a Brand Ambassador. Please click the link below for application information. http://lawsonsfinestliquidsllc.appone.com...

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June Beer News

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in beer fests, our beer, our events | Comments Off on June Beer News

June Beer News

BEER DELIVERIES Starting June 15, you will find draft and bottles of Bit o’ Balsam American IPA (6.5% abv), a brand new beer featuring wild crafted Balsam Fir tips harvested at high elevations in the Green Mountains, with citrus & piney hops including Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe. Lawson’s Finest will donate a portion of all proceeds from Bit o’ Balsam IPA to Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) to benefit research and conservation efforts of the endangered Bicknell’s Thrush, one of the region’s highest conservation priority migratory songbirds. Bottles will be available 6/15 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 6/16 at Beverage Warehouse and 6/20 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. Starting June 22, the latest batch of Space in Between will be released in bottles and draft in Vermont. Bottles will be available 6/22 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 6/23 at Beverage Warehouse and 6/27 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. During this month, you’ll find fresh batches of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (cans and draft) around the states of Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. SPECIAL EVENTS June 10th is the Sugarbush Brew Grass festival where we will pour Super Session #2, Kiwi Double IPA, Double Sunshine IPA, and Rico Poivre Rye Peppercorn Saison. Look for us at a swanky new tent set up courtesy of our friends at Umbrella Bars USA! On June 17th join Brewer and Naturalist Sean Lawson as well as Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) biologists from 10:30am – 2:30pm at Mad River Glen (MRG) for a hike to the summit of Stark Mountain in search of the elusive Bicknell’s Thrush and to learn about songbirds that inhabit both the northern hardwood and high elevation spruce-fir forests of Stark Mountain. Wear waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear, and bring protection against the possibility of black flies. The hike will be cancelled in the case of steady rain. Also on June 17th from 3-6pm MRG will host a fundraiser for VCE with a full pub menu (including prime rib starting at 4:30!), quenching drinks and rocking music by Peace in the Valley. Suggested donation of $10 goes directly to the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Lawson’s Finest will debut a new draft beer, Bit o’ Balmsam IPA, and a portion of all the beer proceeds will be donated to VCE to benefit research and conservation efforts of the endangered Bicknell’s Thrush (one of the region’s highest conservation priority migratory songbirds). Sean Lawson has been a steadfast volunteer for the Mountain Birdwatch program where he conducts an annual bird survey at dawn high in the peaks of the Green Mountains. Sean has been fortunate enough to witness the Bicknell Thrush’s unique & beautiful song for nearly 15 years! It’s race day June 29th! At 7pm Thunder Road in Barre will host the “Brewers Cup” featuring many local Vermont brewers including Sean Lawson! Come cheer on the brewers as they race around the track to the finish line! The recent batch of our award winning Maple Tripple will be bottled the end of this month. Stay tuned for details on our anticipated late summer release! Celebrate Father’s Day with the special man in your life by purchasing some of our swag to show off his Lawson’s Finest pride! It’s sure to be a hit, so order early to receive your goods before Father’s Day June...

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Shop Our Store

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in clothing, featured, glassware, our beer, Retail | Comments Off on Shop Our Store

Shop Our Store

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere with Lawson’s Finest Merchandise! Hats, shirts, glassware and more – we have great gifts for the beer geek in your life, or maybe a little something for yourself! Please visit our Shop page to find everything your looking for!

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May Beer News

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in collaborations, 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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