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September Beer News

September Beer News

LITTLE SIP IPA PHYSICALLY DISTANT SUMMER SOCIAL

We are keeping the fun rolling through the last weeks of summer with our Little Sip IPA Physically Distant Summer Social! Very soon we’ll be announcing another special Little Sip IPA initiative with a sweet grand prize, so stay tuned to our social media and website for more details. And don’t forget, our #LittleSip IPA Instagram Challenge is running every week, so be sure to keep posting your pics enjoying Little Sip IPA out and about and you could win one of our weekly prizes!

Little Sip IPA

Our Little Sip IPA Scavenger Hunt kicked off last month and continues through September, with a weekly chance to win a Little Sip IPA swag bag filled with all sorts of Little Sip IPA goodies! Keep your eyes peeled for clues posted on our social media accounts once a week throughout the month.

Little Sip Scavenger Hunt

Have you entered to win our custom Little Sip IPA cooler yet? Just enter your email address and subscribe to our newsletter on the contest page and you’ll be entered to win this Little Sip IPA Coleman 54 Quart Steel Belted Cooler. We will pick a random winner at the end of September!


BEER GARDEN & RETAIL STORE UPDATES

Our Beer Garden and Retail Store are open from 12-7pm Monday through Friday and 11am-7pm on the weekend (credit cards only please and masks required). Please note we ARE open on Monday, September 7th (Labor Day).

We are truly enjoying welcoming guests to our Beer Garden as they enjoy some liquid sunshine amidst the fresh air and mountain views. If you are planning on coming by for a visit, please reserve a table on our website prior to your arrival and don’t forget your mask! For a full outline of the guidelines we’ve put in place in order to ensure the safety of our employees and guests, please visit the taproom page on our website.

Taproom

Our drive-thru retail store is also open and our staff is here to bring the sunshine right to your car! We’ll take your order at your window, or bring out your phone or online order that was placed ahead of time. You can order your to-go beer online or over the phone at 802-496-4677 ext. 0‬. Please be sure to bring your photo ID with you!

We continue to serve as the designated Mad River Valley pick-up location for free meals distributed weekly courtesy of Shift Meals, a local food response to COVID-19. ShiftMeals provides nourishing meals for those in need during these challenging times, including laid-off restaurant workers, musicians, artists, gig workers, farmers, and anyone else affected by this crisis. Meals can be ordered online via the ShiftMeals site by noon on Tuesdays for pickup on Thursdays between 12–6 PM at our retail drive-thru.


BEER RELEASES

We are thrilled to usher in the new month with the return of an old favorite, Kiwi Double IPA, available for the first time in 16oz cans on Friday, September 4th. 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.

Kiwi Double IPA

The middle of September marks the transition from Super Session #4 to Super Session #2, which will be available in both 16oz 4-packs and 12oz 12-packs throughout our nine-state distribution territory. Our session IPA is so tasty and quaffable that it will leave you craving more! Super Session #2 features full malt flavor and assertive hop character with copious additions of Amarillo hops late in the kettle and in dry hopping. It has a distinct citrus character with notes of lemon lime and orange.

Super Session #2

On September 12th, our version of the Black is Beautiful stout will be released. Brewed by Sean Lawson and Mark Leopold at our original 7-bbl brewery in Warren, VT on August 19th, this robust American Stout with a dry finish was made with English, American and German malts. The Black is Beautiful initiative is a collaborative effort among the brewing community and its customers launched by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that people of color face daily. We stand with over 1,000 breweries in 20 countries working to affect change in our industry and beyond through the collaborative creation of a special beer. All proceeds from this release will be donated to The Peace and Justice Center, a Vermont non-profit working through education, advocacy, training, nonviolent activism and community organizing on interconnected social justice issues.

Brewing Black is Beautiful

Later in the month, we’ll be doing a special re-release of one of our annual favorites, Kingdom Trails IPA! A fundraising beer brewed in collaboration with the crew at The Kingdom Trails Association, it will be available on Thursday, September 17th at our Waitsfield location and at select retail accounts throughout Vermont. The latest release in our Good Brews for a Cause initiative, proceeds from the sale of this year’s Kingdom Trails IPA will support the conservation of land on the Darling Ridge in the Northeast Kingdom in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust. Kingdom Trails IPA is pale yellow in color, soft and refreshing on the palate with a mild bitterness and an intensely fruit forward and floral nose.


SOCIAL IMPACT PROGRAM (SIP)

We would like to extend a big thank you to our beer garden and drive-thru retail guests for their continued generosity via donations during these difficult times. Lawson’s Finest service model is “hospitality included” as we pay our staff living wages and generous benefits, and there is no tip obligation when guests come to the taproom. Rather, our guests have the opportunity to donate to the Sunshine Fund. Our donation of $13,890 to the Peace and Justice Center of Vermont Racial Justice Program, our Sunshine Fund recipient during the month of July, was made possible thanks to guests.

Sunshine Fund

For the month of September, the Lawson’s Finest Sunshine Fund is thrilled to support Knoll Farm’s Better Selves Fellowship. More than an organic farm, Knoll Farm in Waitsfield, VT has a nearly 20-year history of a social mission to be a refuge and gathering place for different people and groups to come together. Knoll Farm is open to community leaders to give them what they need most: encouragement to do their best work, time to renew and re-commit. Better Selves Fellows are working on immigration issues, police reform, and land justice efforts. Knoll Farm has been operating their retreat center all summer for free to essential workers and anti-racism groups: Black Lives Matter, The Bail Fund, The ACLU, The Food Bank, and Migrant Justice. This fellowship is about restoring and building people power in a time when people power is essential for liberation and health. Donations to the Sunshine Fund will support these ongoing fellowship efforts.

Be a Refuge


EVENTS

The Friday Night It’s Lit Disc Golf Series with Disc Golf Vermont continues through September and October! One Friday a month, we’ll be sampling some of our fine liquids at Vista Beast in Bolton Valley while forayers will play a round of 9, take a break and then play 9 more holes, for a total of 18 holes under the lights. The ski lights aren’t usually turned on for disc golf, so make sure you catch one of these unforgettable events!

Vermont Disc Golf

If you’re local, you’ll have three opportunities to taste some of our finest liquids with our Brand Ambassador at Big Fatty’s BBQ on Thursday, September 3rd, The Richmond Village Market on Thursday, September 17th and at Village Market in Waterbury on Thursday, September 24th. Stop by and say hello!

Sip of Sunshine & Little Sip IPA

We at Lawson’s Finest are thrilled to be taking part in the annual Beers With(out) Beards Festival, the country’s largest celebration of women in the beer industry, hosted virtually this year by our friends over at Hop Culture. Lawson’s Finest will be participating in the Women in Social Media panel, and there is a full line-up of amazing virtual events scheduled.

Beers With(out) Beers


BEER DELIVERIES

Hopzilla will be joining our list of offerings in our nine-state distribution territory during the month of September. Loaded with high-alpha U.S. grown hops, this brawny dry hopped ale will terrorize your taste buds, yet has enough malt backbone to balance a fierce bitterness. Keep an eye out for this monster of an IPA at your favorite local accounts in VT, MA, NH, CT, RI, NY, NJ, ME and PA!

Hopzilla

As always, fresh deliveries of Sip of Sunshine will continue, and September signals the end of this run for Super Session #4 and the arrival of Super Session #2. Both beers are available in 16oz 4-packs and 12oz 12-packs!


RETAIL STORE

Another few weeks of summer means another chance to grab some sweet Little Sip IPA gear from our retail store to enjoy in the great outdoors! From our Little Sip IPA golf set to our Little Sip IPA bandana and Little Sip IPA mountain bike shirt, we’ve got all the goods for your physically-distant activities.

Lawson's Finest Retail

Though our retail store remains closed for in-store shopping, you can view all of our offerings in our online store. Our most popular items are also available for curbside pick-up at our drive-thru retail store via our online ordering page. You can also purchase gift cards for use at our drive-thru retail store in Waitsfield, VT.


JOIN OUR TEAM

We’re hiring! Are you or someone you know passionate about the craft beer industry? We currently have four job openings!

Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY

Regional Brand Representative – NJ/PA

Logistics and Procurement Manager

Sip of Sunshine & Little Sip IPA

August Beer News

August Beer News

WITH GRATITUDE

We are so grateful for our team at Lawson’s Finest Liquids who helped make it possible to be named Vermont’s Small Business Persons of the Year by the Small Business Administration!


LITTLE SIP IPA PHYSICALLY DISTANT SUMMER SOCIAL

Our Little Sip IPA Physically Distant Summer Social continues this month with the number one goal of having fun! The challenges we’ve planned offer multiple chances to win some sweet Lawson’s Finest Liquids gear, epic grand prizes and connect with Sean Lawson and the Lawson’s Finest Liquids Team.

We’ve loved seeing all of the photos of our fans enjoying Little Sip IPA during their outdoor adventures submitted as part of our #LittleSip IPA Instagram Challenge! We invite you to take part throughout the summer as we select and announce a winner of the Little Sip IPA gear each week.

In August we’ll be kicking off our Little Sip IPA Scavenger Hunt, which will take place throughout the state of Vermont – stay tuned to our website and social media for more details!

Little Sip IPA


OPERATIONAL UPDATES

Our Beer Garden and Retail Store are open from 12-7pm Monday through Friday and 11am-7pm on the weekend (credit cards only please).

It’s been such a pleasure to welcome everyone back to our beer garden. If you are planning on coming by for a visit, please reserve a table on our website prior to your arrival and don’t forget your mask! For a full outline of the guidelines we’ve put in place in order to ensure the safety of our employees and guests, please visit the taproom page on our website. We’re looking forward to many more sunny days serving up liquid sunshine and tasty treats!

Lawson's Finest Beer Garden

Our drive-thru retail store is also open and our staff is here to bring the sunshine right to your car! We’ll take your order at your window, or bring out your phone or online order that was placed ahead of time. You can order your to-go beer online or over the phone at 802-496-4677 ext. 0‬. Please be sure to bring your photo ID with you!


BEER RELEASES

Our crisp, clear golden ale, Above the Clouds, is back in the lineup! This approachable and light bodied brew features notes of straw and fresh grain along with a subtle citrusy hop aroma.

Above the Clouds

While we were sad to bid farewell to The Space in Between with Passionfruit last month, we are thrilled to welcome The Space in Between back into our lineup. This hazy ale with a hint of tartness is perfectly refreshing for summertime!

Thursday, August 13th marks the return of Hopcelot, available in 16-oz. cans for the first time ever! Inspired by a dreamy combination of music, hops, and beer, this IPA boasting 8 varieties of hops from around the world was brewed to create intricate flavor and delight your senses!

Hopcelot IPA

Later on in the month, we’ll welcome back Hopzilla, a monster of an IPA that will make you pucker up! Loaded with high-alpha U.S. grown hops, this brawny dry hopped ale will terrorize your taste buds, yet has enough malt backbone to balance a fierce bitterness.

Hopzilla Special Cask

The end of August marks the next transition in our Super Session Series, from Super Session #4 to Super Session #2. Super Session #2 is designed to be a light and refreshing beer with low alcohol, yet the full hop character of a Session IPA. Each beer in our Super Session series is brewed with the same malt base and specialty malts but features a different single-hop variety. Super Session #2 is brewed with copious amounts of Amarillo hops. It has a distinct citrus character with notes of lemon, lime and orange.

Super Session #2

We are excited to announce that we will be brewing our version of the Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout at our original 7-bbl brewery in Warren, VT on August 19th, with a planned release in early September. The Black is Beautiful initiative is a collaborative effort among the brewing community and its customers launched by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that people of color face daily. We stand with over 1,000 breweries in 20 countries working to affect change in our industry and beyond through the collaborative creation of a special beer. All proceeds from this release will be donated to The Peace and Justice Center, a Vermont non-profit working through education, advocacy, training, nonviolent activism and community organizing on interconnected social justice issues.

Black is Beautiful Beer


SOCIAL IMPACT PROGRAM (SIP)

For the month of August, the Lawson’s Finest Sunshine Fund is proud to support The Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, VT. Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ donation will be added to a special fund they are creating for Vermont businesses who want to support The Storytelling Room – an arts and culture online program that weaves African-American and African diaspora art, history and storytelling into 90-minute interactive events that are offered free to the public.  The goal of this program is to build understanding and positive connections among community members across differences of race, culture and ethnicity. They will continue their programs by recording them live from the Barn House to our community through Zoom and then share the recorded program later with the public.

 

Also in August, Lawson’s Finest will be taking part in the 2020 Virtual Hops for Hope 5K, a fundraising event for The American Cancer Society of Vermont. While the event usually takes place in person at Mount Snow during labor day weekend ahead of their Brewers Festival,  it has been impacted by the pandemic and ACS decided to take things virtual for the safety of their staff, volunteers and supporters. We encourage our fans and followers to take part in this event and donate if possible, as it supports the ACS’s mission of to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.


EVENTS

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is thrilled to be sponsoring the Sunshine Cup at Sugarbush, a tournament open to all 2020 Sugarbush Resort Golf Club members. Running through mid-September, participants can play and submit one 9 hole score per week to the Pro Shop via email. You may also download the Sugarbush app and report scores by sharing the results via the share button to [email protected].

Sip of Sunshine

One Friday a month through October we’ll be hanging out and offering some fine liquids at Vista Beast in Bolton Valley for Friday Night It’s Lit Disc Golf Series with Disc Golf Vermont! Players will play a round of 9, take a break and then play 9 more holes, for a total of 18 holes under the lights. This is one of the first times anyone in the Northeast has turned on the ski lights for disc golf, so join us for this fun and unique experience!

Disc Golf Vermont

We are also excited to announce our sponsorship of Retro Spec, a socially distanced outdoor spectacle that collectively explores our visions of the future. The brainchild of local artists and musicians Trish Denton, Stephanie Wilson, and Kat Wright, this event will be the first of its kind during this unprecedented time. Two shows will be held on August 21st and 22nd at Water Works park in Burlington, and more information on the event and ticket sales will be announced shortly.

And we are delighted to share that our brand ambassador Chuck will be out spreading the sunshine with some beer tastings at select accounts in Vermont throughout the months of August and September! You can find a full listing of the scheduled tastings on our Events page.


BEER DELIVERIES

Everyone’s new favorite everyday beer, Little Sip IPA has hit the shelves at accounts throughout Vermont! Our brewing team and delivery drivers have been hard at work to ensure that fresh Little Sip can be found across the state every week.

Fresh deliveries of Sip of Sunshine, Super Session #4 and Scrag Mountain Pils will also continue throughout August in our nine-state territory. Super Session #2 will replace Super Session #4 in late August and early September.

Little Sip IPA


RETAIL STORE

Though our retail store remains closed for in-store shopping, you can view all of our offerings in our online store. We’re seeing blue lately with the recent addition of lots of Little Sip IPA merchandise! From our Little Sip IPA insulated tote bag to our Little Sip IPA towel and Little Sip Golf Set, we’ve got everything you need to pair with some Little Sip IPA for your outdoor adventures! We’ve also got a Little Sip IPA bandana and Little Sip IPA can cooler! And who could forget our Little Sip IPA bike bell?

Lawson's Finest Merchandise


JOIN OUR TEAM

We’re hiring! Are you or someone you know passionate about the craft beer industry? We currently have six job openings!

Executive Assistant

Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY

Regional Brand Representative – NJ/PA

Packaging Line Operator

Part-Time Beertender

Logistics and Procurement Manager

Sunshine Family

July Beer News

July Beer News

LITTLE SIP IPA IS HERE!

The newest addition to our Sunshine family of beers, Little Sip IPA, has officially landed in Vermont! Little Sip IPA quenches your thirst as you reach the summit of your favorite hike. It’s the beer you grab for the victorious celebration after that birdie during a golf game, and it keeps you company while you mow the lawn. It pairs best with outdoor adventures and fun, and it never disappoints! Our little cousin to Sip of Sunshine IPA has a juicy, fruit-forward character layered with tropical hop flavors and bright floral aromas. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple complement this delectably balanced beer. Coming in at 6.2% ABV, it is delightfully crushable and is now available at our outdoor beer garden, drive-thru retail store and at select accounts throughout Vermont!

Little Sip IPA

Along with the introduction of Little Sip IPA into the Vermont market, we’re kicking off our Little Sip IPA Physically Distant Summer SocialWe’re launching a brand-new beer in a very unique time due to the COVID19 pandemic. We would typically gather in bars and restaurants or at concerts and festivals across Vermont to celebrate the release of a new beerbut given the guidelines on physical distancing and the inability to gather in large groups, we‘ve come up with something new. We wanted to create unique, fun and physically-distant activities all while continuing to be social and bring more sunshine to our lives. 

The challenges we’ve outlined offer multiple chances to win some sweet Lawson’s Finest Liquids gear, epic grand prizes and connect with Sean Lawson and the Lawson’s Finest Liquids Team! The first activity is our #LittleSip IPA Instagram Challenge. We are encouraging our fans to post photos taken while enjoying Little Sip IPA during their favorite physically distant activities on Instagram with the hashtag #LittleSip to be entered to win some Little Sip IPA gear from Lawson’s Finest Liquids! Each week we’ll pick and share our favorite photos for prizes and select the winners. We’ll be posting more information on our next challenge in the coming weeks – stay tuned to our website and social media for updates!


OPERATIONAL UPDATES

Our Beer Garden and Retail Store are open from 12-7pm Monday through Friday and 11am-7pm on the weekend (credit cards only please).

Please note that we will be closed on Saturday, July 4th in order to allow our staff to celebrate the holiday with their friends and family.

Lawson's Finest Liquids

Our Beer Garden is now open! We are thrilled to welcome you back to our beautiful space and provide you with our world-class beers and world-class service. In order to keep our staff and guests safe, we ask that you review the following information before visiting:

The State of Vermont requires that no one with a fever, respiratory illness, or symptoms of COVID-19 is allowed on premise. The State of Vermont requires travelers, including Vermonters, that have recently visited or are arriving from a “quarantine county” listed on this map are required to quarantine for a 14-day period or for 7 days followed by a negative COVID-19 test. 

We appreciate your adherence to the following items: 

  • RESERVATIONS – Required for table seating via TableIn
  • GUEST CONTACT INFO – We are required to collect by the  VT  Health Department for contact tracing if needed.  
  • SEATING – Members of only 2 households and  6  total people may be at the same table.
  • TABLES – Must be a minimum of 10 feet apart.  Gatherings between tables are not permitted.
  • CHILDREN – Must be accompanied by an adult at all  times.
  • FACIAL COVERINGS – Required for guests as they enter & exit the beer garden, go to the restroom, and while ordering  and receiving items  from a server.  Facial coverings will not be required when seated at your table without a server present.
  • RESTROOMS – Located inside, maximum of 2 people per bathroom at a time.
  • PAYMENT – Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred via the Arryved App available for free in the App Store or manual credit card entry.
  • SANITATION – Staff will sanitize tables and seating between guests. All glassware, plates, and flatware are sanitized in our high-temperature (180 F) dishwashers.

Lawson's Finest Taproom


BEER RELEASES

Kingdom Trails IPA, a fundraising beer brewed in collaboration with the crew at The Kingdom Trails Association, is now available at the taproom and at select retail accounts throughout Vermont. The latest release in our Good Brews for a Cause initiative, proceeds from the sale of this year’s Kingdom Trails IPA will support the conservation of land on the Darling Ridge in the Northeast Kingdom in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust. Kingdom Trails IPA is pale yellow in color, soft and refreshing on the palate with a mild bitterness and an intensely fruit forward and floral nose.

Kingdom Trails IPA

Ushering in the month of July is our Scrag Mountain Pils Salt & Lime! This special version of our traditional Czech Pilsner, known affectionately as “Scragarita”, is infused with lime juice and sea salt for a well-balanced dance of crisp and tart. Available at our taproom and retail store only for a limited time.

Scrag Mountain Pils Salt & Lime

Your favorite Pilsner is in new packaging! Scrag Mountain Pils is now available in 16oz 4-packs and 12oz 12-packs! It is available at our taproom and will be entering distribution this week, so keep an eye out at your favorite local accounts in VT, MA, NH, CT, RI, NY, NJ, ME and PA.

Scrag Mountain Pils

Finally, in mid-July we’ll welcome the next release in our barrel-aged series – Triple Sunshine aged in tequila barrels sourced directly from the Jalisco region of Mexico to bring notes of vanilla and coconut to this exquisite tropical delight!


SOCIAL IMPACT PROGRAM (SIP)

For the month of July, the Lawson’s Finest Sunshine Fund will accept donations on behalf of the Vermont Peace & Justice Center Racial Justice Program, which seeks to spread awareness about the inequity people of color face in Vermont and to build understanding and collaborations to undo racism. They offer a variety of educational programs, workshops, and support groups.

Lawson's Finest Taproom

We are proud to serve as the designated Mad River Valley pick-up location for free meals distributed weekly courtesy of Shift Meals, a local food response to COVID-19. ShiftMeals provides nourishing meals for those in need during these challenging times, including laid-off restaurant workers, musicians, artists, gig workers, farmers, and anyone else affected by this crisis. Meals can be ordered online via the ShiftMeals site by noon on Tuesdays for pickup on Thursdays between 12–6 PM at our retail drive-thru.


BEER DELIVERIES

Everyone’s favorite Pilsner is entering distribution in our nine-state territory during the month of July, just in time for all of your outdoor summer adventures. Now available in 16oz 4-packs and 12oz 12-packs, Scrag Mountain Pils was inspired by the traditional Czech Pilsner style. Our house lager is a tribute to the source of Waitsfield’s town water and the aquifer deep beneath Scrag Mountain.

Scrag Mountain Pils

We want to give a special shout-out to our whole crew, especially our drivers, for all of their hard work getting our beer out into the market and keeping our fan favorites, including Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #4, stocked at stores across the region throughout the summer.


RETAIL STORE

Though our retail store remains closed for in-store shopping, you can view all of our offerings in our online store. We are extending our free shipping on orders of $75 or more – no coupon code necessary! (Please note this excludes the Sip of Sunshine cornhole set).

Our most popular items are also available for curbside pick-up at our drive-thru retail store via our online ordering page. You can also purchase gift cards for use at our drive-thru retail store in Waitsfield, VT.

This month, we’ve added some fun new items for your summer adventures! You can bring the sunshine to the beach, lake or river with you with our Sip of Sunshine towel. And show your love for our newest beer, Little Sip IPA, with our new Little Sip IPA t-shirt!

And as always, our Sip of Sunshine tap handle will brighten up any in-home bar or kegerator!

Lawson's Finest Merch

June Beer News

June Beer News

LITTLE SIP IPA ARRIVES JUNE 26TH!

We’re elated to announce and introduce you to the newest addition to our Sunshine family, Little Sip IPA! Little Sip IPA quenches your thirst as you reach the summit of your favorite hike. It’s the beer you grab for the victorious celebration after that birdie during a golf game, and it keeps you company while you mow the lawn. It pairs best with outdoor adventures and fun, and it never disappoints! Our little cousin to Sip of Sunshine IPA has a juicy, fruit-forward character layered with tropical hop flavors and bright floral aromas. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple complement this delectably balanced beer. Coming in at 6.2% ABV, it is delightfully crushable and will make its debut in Vermont at the end of this month!

Available at our drive-thru retail store in Waitsfield, VT on Friday, June 26th and at select retail accounts in Vermont on Monday, June 29th, Little Sip IPA is our new favorite everyday beer and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Little Sip IPA Sip of Sunshine IPA

In celebration of the release, we’ll be rolling out a unique and inventive virtual launch that will include a plethora of activities, both online and outdoors. There will be opportunities for our fans to take part in (physically-distant!) physical challenges and scavenger hunts to win Little Sip prizes and also join virtual Little Sip IPA tastings with the Lawson’s Finest team. Stay tuned to our website and social media for more info!

Little Sip IPA


SOCIAL IMPACT PROGRAM (SIP)

For the month of June, the Lawson’s Finest Sunshine Fund will accept donations on behalf of the Vermont Community Fund‘s COVID-19 Response Fund which supports the most vulnerable people and communities in Vermont by addressing the basic needs of food, shelter, safety, and mental health.

Mad River Valley

We were honored to see our staff and fans alike take part in Green Up Day last month, a statewide initiative to keep Vermont beautiful coordinated by Green Up Vermont. This year marked the 50th anniversary of this wonderful Vermont tradition, and we were thrilled to participate as both sponsors and volunteers!

Green Up Vermont

Green Up Day

We are proud to serve as the designated Mad River Valley pick-up location for free meals distributed weekly courtesy of Shift Meals, a local food response to COVID-19. ShiftMeals provides nourishing meals for those in need during these challenging times, including laid-off restaurant workers, musicians, artists, gig workers, farmers, and anyone else affected by this crisis. Meals can be ordered online via the ShiftMeals site by noon on Tuesdays for pickup on Thursdays between 12–6 PM at our retail drive-thru.


OPERATIONAL UPDATES

Our retail store remains open with curbside drive-thru service and online ordering. We are adhering to all of the latest guidance from the Vermont Governor’s office and the CDC in order to ensure the safety of our staff and our guests, which is always our first priority. A full list of our packaged beer is available on our website, which is updated daily. We continue to offer a 40% discount for our dedicated healthcare workers (please bring your work ID). We want to thank all of our guests for continuing to support us in this new environment.

We are very much looking forward to resuming service and welcoming you all back to our taproom in the months ahead. We are currently working on our detailed re-opening plans to ensure the safety of our guests and employees while also delivering the world-class service that fans have come to expect from Lawson’s Finest Liquids. We are carefully following the guidance from the State of Vermont, and we do not yet have a firm re-opening date to announce. We will be re-opening in a phased approach, starting with outdoor service with reservations only. As soon as we have a date confirmed, we will post that information on our website and on social media. Cheers to days ahead in the beer garden!

Lawson's Finest Taproom


BEER RELEASES

June marks the arrival of many new and exciting beer releases at Lawson’s Finest Liquids! First up is The Space In Between with Passion Fruit, scheduled for release at our drive-thru retail store and at select retail accounts in Vermont on Wednesday, June 3rd. This special edition of our beloved Space in Between beer features Passion Fruit puree! With a depth and form unclear, this hazy ale resides in the space in between styles. Brewed with oats and wheat, a hint of tartness, and dry-hopped with Galaxy & Nelson Sauvin.

The Space In Between with Passion Fruit

App Gap Saison returns on Saturday, June 6th with a new Belgian-style saison blend yeast! An homage to our mountain gateway to the Valley, our Belgian style farmhouse ale has a slightly spicy character, fruity yeast-driven esters and an effervescent, dry finish.

On Wednesday June 24th, we’ll celebrate the second annual release of our Kingdom Trails IPA, a fundraising beer brewed in collaboration with the crew at The Kingdom Trails Association. Proceeds from the sale of this year’s Kingdom Trails IPA will support the conservation of land on the Darling Ridge in the Northeast Kingdom in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust. Kingdom Trails IPA is pale yellow in color, soft and refreshing on the palate with a mild bitterness and an intensely fruit forward and floral nose.

Kingdom Trails IPA


BEER DELIVERIES

June also brings very exciting news in the world of Lawson’s Finest beer deliveries across our nine-state distribution footprint! We are thrilled to have Super Session #4, brewed with Centennial hops, available for everyone’s enjoyment at home and outdoors (at a safe distance!) in both 12oz. 12-packs and in 4-packs of the new 16oz. cans! We’ll also be shipping out The Space In Between with Passion Fruit, which will be available to all of our fans in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey by the third week in June. And we are always working hard to keep the shelves stocked with fan favorite Sip of Sunshine!

Lawson's Finest Distribution


VIRTUAL MUSIC SERIES

Last month we kicked off our Virtual Music Series, launched to support musicians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with special videos from local favorites The Grift and taproom regular Matt Hagen, followed by live performances by Chad Hollister and Some Hollow Vermont. This month, we are thrilled to host G. Love on Monday, June 1st at 7pm. Be sure to tune into our Facebook, crack open a fresh beer and kick off your week with some funky, fun-loving vibes, and stay tuned for more additions to our Virtual Music Series throughout the month of June!

G.Love


RETAIL STORE

While our retail store is currently closed for in-store shopping, you can peruse our offerings on our online store. With Father’s Day just around the corner on June 21st, we’ve got lots of items that the Dads in your life will love, including our Sip of Sunshine Anorak,  Lawson’s Finest Five Panel UV Runner Cap and Beer Guy Balloon Glass.

And for the month of June, any orders over $75 will ship for free – no coupon code necessary! (Please note this excludes the Sip of Sunshine cornhole set).

Our most popular items are also available for curbside pick-up at our drive-thru retail via our online ordering page. You can also purchase gift cards for use at our drive-thru retail store in Waitsfield, VT.

Please note: there may be a delay in mail order processing due to COVID-19 implications. We appreciate your patience and your business!

 

May Beer News

May Beer News

SIPS OF SUNSHINE

While we are missing being close to our colleagues, community and loved ones lately, we are grateful for all of the ways we are able to stay virtually connected in this time of physical distancing.

One great example of this is the Mad River Valley Community Fund and MRV Emergency Management Volunteers bringing our community together through art. Two of our very own, Katie and Gabby, created this beautiful painting to add a little sunshine and send a message of hope. This piece, amongst many other amazing contributions will be hung around the Mad River Valley. It is a lovely reminder that we are all in this together!

 

Sunny Days Are Coming

 

We’re also excited to announce our continued support of Green Up Vermont‘s Green Up Day, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Usually held on the first Sunday in May, this year the event has been rescheduled to May 30th. Our staff will be participating in clean-up efforts on our grounds, and we encourage others to support this initiative to keep our state beautiful!

Mad River Valley

 


OPERATIONAL UPDATES

Our retail store remains open with curbside drive-thru service and online ordering. We are adhering to all of the latest guidance from the Vermont Governor’s office and the CDC in order to ensure the safety of our staff and our guests, which is always our first priority. A full list of our packaged beer is available on our website, which is updated daily. We continue to offer a 40% discount for our dedicated healthcare workers (please bring your work ID). We want to thank all of our guests for continuing to support us in this new environment, and we look forward to the day when we can all share a cheers over a beer in the taproom again!

Curbside Service

 

We recently partnered with Shift Meals to serve as a pick-up location for the free nourishing meals they are distributing to Vermonters in need. Meals can be ordered online in advance and picked up on Thursdays from 12-6 PM.


BEER RELEASES

Ushering in the month of May, Phirst Light IPA is a collaboration with Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Upper Pass Beer that features a quaffable “light” IPA with a mash-up of our brewing styles. Brewed with Vermont-grown barley from Peterson Quality Malt, Vermont-grown Centennial and Nugget hops from Champlain Valley Hops and Citra and Simcoe Cryo hops (lupulin powder) from Yakima Chief. Phirst Light IPA is available at our drive-thru retail store and select accounts throughout Vermont. 100% of profits from bottle sales will be donated to the Vermont Brewers Association.

Phirst Light IPA

 

On May 2nd, we’ll welcome the return of Knockout Blonde, our blonde ale that packs a zippy punch of hop aroma! This brew features a flavorful blend of North American malts and is fully loaded with Cascade and Centennial hops.

 

Knockout Blonde

 

Next up is our Peril Imperial IPA – our 12th Anniversary beer – releasing on May 22nd. This beer has a menacing hop character and dangerously smooth flavor, achieved by copious dry hopping and cold conditioning. This is the first time we’ve offered Peril in cans, and we’re excited to share it with our fans throughout Vermont!

 

Peril Imperial IPA

 

Another set of firsts follows with Super Session #4 with Centennial hops in our new 16-oz. packaging! This will be the first time we have our #4 packaged in cans, with a planned release in late May. The beer will also continue to be available in 12-oz. cans in the 12-pack format.

 

Super Session #4

 


BEER DELIVERIES

We want to give a big shout out to our incredible team of road warriers, delivering our finest liquids near and far. If you see them on the road, give them a little beep beep love!

We also want to thank our fans throughout our nine-state territory of Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey for continuing to support our company during these trying times. We are keeping the production lines rolling on Sip of Sunshine and Super Session,  and have a few special drops of some of our other beers planned for the month of May!


CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

The Social Impact Program (SIP) has been organizing many recent charitable donations in response to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sunshine Fund

Though the taproom is currently closed, we have been delighted to see our guests continuing to show their support for our Sunshine Fund via donations on purchases made at our retail store, which remains open. From March 16th – April 17th, Lawson’s Finest collected donations totaling $5,164 for the Mad River Valley Community Fund, which is providing emergency grants for sudden unemployment due to COVID-19 precautions. From April 17th – May 31st the Sunshine Fund will accept donations on behalf of the Vermont Community Fund‘s COVID-19 Response Fund which supports the most vulnerable people and communities in Vermont by addressing the basic needs of food, shelter, safety, and mental health.

VT Women's Fund

The Vermont Women’s Fund was astonished to receive their donation totaling $15,226 which was collected from March 1st – 15th. As a thank you, they will be sending our staff t-shirts. Since our taproom opening in October 2018, we’ve been able to donate half a million dollars to local non-profit organizations through the Sunshine Fund!

Good Brews for a Cause

Pink Boots Brew

The ladies of Lawson’s Finest brewed Summit Sour as a fundraiser for the Pink Boots Society. We donated $1 from every bottle and draft sold – totaling $668 – in addition to creating many fond memories during the brewing and packaging processes!

Big Spruce

Our collaboration beer with Big Spruce Brewing, 98 Degrees in the Shade, will provide 100% of profits to Frontline Foods Vermont in the anticipated donation amount of $4,026. Frontline Foods Vermont provides meals to frontline healthcare workers in Vermont by connecting local restaurants with hospitals.

Phirst Light, our collaboration beer with Upper Pass Beer Company, will provide 100% of profits to the Vermont Brewers Association in the anticipated donation amount of $4,000 to help ensure the continued health and vitality of Vermont breweries.

 

Super Sessions

 

We are leaving the application open, however, are holding off on funding any applications until it is safe to reconvene in communities again since the Super Sessions initiative’s goal is to foster social gatherings.


RETAIL STORE

While you can’t peruse our retail store offerings in person, you can see them all on our online store, including our new Sip of Sunshine Anorak, as well as blue and green corduroy Sunshine hats! You can also purchase gift cards for use at our drive-thru retail store in Waitsfield, VT. Please note: there may be a delay in order processing due to COVID-19 implications. We appreciate your patience and your business!


Check out this delicious Beer Cocktail that you can easily create at home with very few ingredients; the Sip 75! Crafted with Sip of Sunshine, Barr Hill Gin, fresh lemon, and simple syrup.

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