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Operational Updates

Operational Updates

Our retail store remains open for curbside beer sales from 12-7pm Monday through Friday and 11am-7pm on the weekend (credit cards only please). Click here for a list of packaged beer for sale.

✨We are offering these services at our retail store!

🍻Curbside service: Our staff will bring the sunshine right to your car! We’ll take your order at your window, or bring out your phone order that was placed ahead of time.

🍻Phone orders: You may place your order ahead of time over the phone by calling ‪802-496-4677 ext. 0‬. Please be sure to bring your photo ID with you.

🍻Keg sales: Due to the closure of bars and restaurants in Vermont, for a limited time, we are offering logs of beer for customers to enjoy at home! Please note, we do not have tapping equipment available.

🍻Discount for healthcare workers: We wish to celebrate all of our dedicated healthcare workers by offering a 40% discount at our drive-thru retail store (please bring your work ID).

🍻Special pricing: 20% off 4-packs of Maple Nipple and Sugarhouse IPA!

The taproom at Lawson’s Finest Liquids is closed until further notice.

Cheers,

Sean and Karen Lawson

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

April Beer News

April Beer News

SIPS OF SUNSHINE

Although we may be apart quite a bit, we at Lawson’s Finest are finding joy and humor in life’s smallest pleasures. We want to remind you that we are all in this together, and are looking forward to sunny days ahead with you.

Sip of Sunshine

Despite the strange times we find ourselves living in these days, we have had a lot to be thankful for lately. First off, we were delighted to receive the news that we were named as the 2020 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Lawson’s Finest Liquids was recognized for its employment growth, success in the marketplace, company expansion and community involvement. We would like to thank all of our loyal staff and fans who have helped us along the way!

Sean and Karen Lawson

Another bright spot came in the form of celebrating our twelfth anniversary on March 17th. While we’ve had to postpone the taproom anniversary celebration originally planned for May, we all raised a glass to honor tapping the very first keg of Sugarhouse IPA and to selling the first pint of Lawson’s Finest Liquids at Mad River Glen‘s General Stark’s Pub in 2008.

In other news, we’re finding ways to do things together while we’re apart at Lawson’s Finest Liquids! We’ve started a weekly staff virtual happy hour to reconnect and recharge our batteries while most of us are working remotely.

We want to virtually connect with all of you as well while you’re practicing safe social distancing and enjoying a cold beer! If you find yourself sipping on some of our fine liquids, take a photo and post with the hashtag #SippingSunshine so we can follow along!

And should you find yourself itching for a creative outlet while you’re staying home, please use one of our Lawson’s Finest taproom coloring sheets and share it with us!

 

 


OPERATIONAL UPDATES

 

Due to COVID-19, the taproom at Lawson’s Finest Liquids is closed until further notice.

Our retail store remains open for curbside beer sales from 12-7pm Monday – Friday and 11am-7pm Saturday – Sunday (credit cards only please). Click here for a list of packaged beer for sale.

We are offering these services at our drive-thru retail store:

Curbside service: Our staff will bring the sunshine right to your car!  We’ll take your order at your car window, or bring out your phone order that was placed ahead of time. 

Phone orders: You may place your order ahead of time over the phone by calling ‪802-496-HOPS ext. 0‬. Please be sure to bring your photo ID with you.

Online orders: You can now order your to-go beer onlinePlease note: We do NOT ship beer; this is for pick-up at our retail drive-thru only!

Keg sales: Due to the closure of bars and restaurants in Vermont, for a limited time we are offering logs of beer for customers to enjoy at home! Please note, we do not have tapping equipment available.

Discount for healthcare workers: We wish to celebrate all of our dedicated healthcare workers by offering a 40% discount at our drive-thru retail store (please bring your work ID).

Special pricing: 20% off 4-packs of Maple Nipple and Sugarhouse IPA!


BEER RELEASES

Our Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Aged in Mad River Distillers Rum Barrels is now available in bottles at our retail store. Brewed with loads of roasted and black malts with a hefty dose of Vermont Maple Syrup, then aged in Mad River Distillers “Maple Cask Rum” charred oak barrels from Warren, VT, this special beer is sure to please!

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Aged in Mad River Distillers Rum Barrels

An early end to the ski season meant a surprise bottle release of our Still Single IPA, brewed in collaboration with our friends at Mad River Glen. Brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Mosaic hops, Still Single IPA features notes of lemon, lime, and pine. Originally available exclusively at General Stark’s Pub, it is now available in 22oz. bottles at our retail store and select accounts throughout Vermont for your enjoyment at home.

Still Single IPA

 

 

Baseball season may be postponed, but the release of our beloved Triple Play IPA is not! Triple Play’s trifecta of hop varieties (Citra, Simcoe & Amarillo) delivers a symphony of juicy fruit-forward hop flavors and a delightful bouquet of aromas. Winner of Brewing News National IPA Championship (2011), there is simply ‘no batter beer’! Available starting Friday, April 3rd in cans at our retail store, Triple Play will also be sold at select retail accounts in Vermont.

Triple Play IPA


BEER DELIVERIES

Keep an eye out for our Sugarhouse IPA in the Northeast marketplace! This IPA was inspired by the first recipe crafted in 2008 at our home-based nanobrewery in Warren, VT. This hop-forward American IPA celebrates the “Sugarhouse Brewery” that is now our Wizard’s Workshop used for innovative test batches and taproom-only specials. This continually evolving recipe provides an opportunity to experiment with different combinations of hops and malts to create a delightful American IPA. You can expect a notable fruitiness, a delicate haze and soft bitterness in this latest release.

Sugarhouse IPA

We are keeping production rolling on our fan favorites, Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #6, for everyone enjoying our beer from the comfort of their homes in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey.


CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

At Lawson’s Finest, we strive to be great neighbors through our charitable giving programs, including the Sunshine Fund at our taproom. Though the taproom is currently closed, we have been delighted to see our guests continuing to show their support via donations on purchases made at our retail store, which remains open. We will be giving 100% of these donations to the Mad River Valley Community Fund, which is providing emergency grants for sudden unemployment due to COVID-19 precautions.

Mad River Valley


RETAIL STORE

Take a look at our online store and check out the newest additions to our merchandise, including our Sip of Sunshine Anorak, as well as blue and green corduroy Sunshine hats! You can also purchase gift cards for use at our 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!

March Beer News

March Beer News

SUPER SESSIONS MINI-GRANT PROGRAM

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is inviting individuals to apply to the Lawson’s Finest Super Sessions initiative to Show Up, Innovate & Play! This is the spirit we bring to everything we do – it’s how we brew our beer, do our work, relate to each other and try to make the world better. As part of our Social Impact Program, we aim to build impactful connections and strengthen communities while creating memorable experiences.

In that spirit, we are offering pint-sized grants for playful Super Sessions to bring people together in fun ways that build community anywhere Lawson’s Finest is distributed. For example, a group could organize a synchronized cannonball jump in the town pond to raise money for cancer research, or sponsor a bike parade and cook-out to honor local school teachers. Check here for more examples of events in the Super Sessions spirit.

Throughout the year, our employee-run Super Session Selection Squad will choose projects to each receive up to a $250 check that will launch a Super Session. Applications will be scored on several criteria including innovation, community-building, fun, and credibility.

Applications can be accessed at www.lawsonsfinest.com/supersessions.


BEER RELEASES

The ladies of Lawson’s Finest have been hard at work at our original brewery in Warren, VT. Together they’ve crafted Summit Sour, a dry-hopped sour beer infused with elderflower and chamomile for the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day. This special brew will be available in bottles to go and on draft at our taproom on March 8th, International Women’s Day! For every bottle and draft pour sold, Lawson’s Finest will be donating $1 to the Pink Boots Society, whose mission it is to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education.

Pink Boots Brew

Wednesday, March 4th our Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit will be available in cans at our retail store. This special edition of our American Double IPA is made with ruby red grapefruit, adding an extra layer of mouth-watering, juicy, lush fruit character along with dank tropical aromas.

Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit

We will be releasing Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Aged in Mad River Distillers Rum Barrels later this month. It will be available in bottles in our retail store. Brewed with loads of roasted and black malts with a hefty dose of Vermont Maple Syrup, then aged in Mad River Distillers “Maple Cask Rum” charred oak barrels from Warren, VT, this special beer is sure to please!

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Aged in Mad River Distillers Rum Barrels

March marks the return of our beloved Triple Play IPA! A trifecta of hop varieties (Citra, Simcoe & Amarillo) delivers a symphony of juicy fruit-forward hop flavors and a delightful bouquet of aromas. Winner of Brewing News National IPA Championship (2011), there is simply ‘no batter beer’!

Triple Play IPA


CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

Lawson’s Finest has chosen to pay our staff living wages and generous benefits. There is no tip obligation in the taproom. However, if guests choose to leave a donation, 100% will be given to local charitable endeavors through our Sunshine Fund.

Since we opened our Waitsfield brewery, taproom and retail store in October 2018, taproom guests have generously donated over $400,000 to more than 36 Vermont-based non-profit organizations!

March 1st-15th our taproom donations will be given to Vermont Women’s Fund. Their mission is to support the advancement, self-sufficiency, and economic and social equality of Vermont women and girls. The Women’s Fund makes grants to promote ideas and support programs which focus on the needs of women and girls in this state, and to increase public awareness of these needs.

 

Vermont Women's Fund

 


RETAIL STORE

Take a look at our online store and see the newest additions to our merchandise!


JOIN OUR TEAM!

Are you or someone you know passionate about the craft beer industry? We currently have three job openings!
Executive Assistant
Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY
Regional Brand Representative – NJ/PA


SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Super Sessions

 

Join us at Sugarbush for a week-long Super Sessions “session” ski event full of rad events and things to do for skiers and riders through March 7th!

We’re kicking it off with a branded Lawson’s Finest Terrain Park at Mt. Ellen that will be open for the week. Enjoy the opportunity to see pros from around the country and New England at Sugarbush Parks. The Lawson’s Finest park will remain open all week except for during two athlete filming sessions. The closing weekend Super Session Bash will be held on Saturday 3/7/20 at Green Mountain Lounge. Stop by for beer specials, gear giveaways, enter to win giveaways, live music, scavenger hunts, athlete meet and greets and on March 7th a trailer of some of the filming caught during the week will be shown. During the week the Lawson’s Finest crew will be having some fun with on-mountain, taproom and social media giveaways.

Keep up to date with social media to see where all the fun is happening!

Event Date: February 29 – March 7, 2020

Location: 626 Mt Ellen Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673


BEER DELIVERIES

You can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPASuper Session #6 and Maple Nipple (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Newest beer to enter distribution is Sugarhouse IPA!

Maple NippleThe Space In Between and Chinooker’d are now distributed year-round in Vermont!

 

Sugarhouse IPA

February Beer News

February Beer News

BEER RELEASES

We’re starting and ending the month of February with some tasty brews!

Saturday, February 1st our Fayston Maple Chocolate Tart Cherry Imperial Stout will be available in 22oz. bottles in our retail store and on draft at our taproom. This rich and decadent stout – brewed with loads of dark malts and a hefty dose of Vermont maple syrup, then fermented with Montmorency tart cherry juice and cacao – features notes of dark fruit and chocolate and is perfect for sipping and pairing.

Fayston Maple Chocolate Tart Cherry Imperial Stout

Saturday, February 29th Sugarhouse IPA is back! This IPA was inspired by the first recipe crafted in 2008 at our home-based nanobrewery in Warren, VT. This hop-forward American IPA celebrates the “Sugarhouse Brewery” that is now our Wizard’s Workshop used for experiments and taproom-only specials. This continually evolving recipe provides an opportunity to experiment with different combinations of hops and malts to create a delightful American IPA. You can expect a notable fruitiness, a delicate haze and soft bitterness in this latest release.

Sugarhouse IPA


Still Single IPA is a Mad River Glen exclusive beer and is now available for you to enjoy this winter season at General Stark’s Pub. Brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Mosaic hops, Still Single IPA features notes of lemon, lime, and pine. It is sure to quench your thirst after a day on the mountain!

Still Single IPA

Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale will be brewed at our original brewery in Warren, VT on February 5th! This ale was our first collaboration brewed in Warren, VT with local homebrewer Steve Robbins. With his talented use of specialty malts, a fine blend of hops and a generous dose of Green Mountain attitude, it’s truly a special beer. Keep an eye on our social media platforms for the official release date.

The ladies of Lawson’s Finest are brewing a dry-hopped sour beer for the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day. The Pink Boots Society supports women in the brewing industry via scholarships and education, and $1 from every bottle and draft pour sold of this beer will be donated to support their efforts. The beer is due to be released in March and we will be documenting the experience along the way. Check back to join us on this endeavor!

Ladies of Lawson's Finest


TAPROOM 

Special Taproom Hours


If you have an electric car and need a little extra juice stop by the brewery where you will find EV charging stations mounted on the side of the building. Our taproom is the perfect place to enjoy a beverage and light fare while you charge up!

EV Charging


TAPROOM EVENTS

Mark your calendars because it is time to celebrate 12 years of brewing on Saturday, May 16th!

Our headlining band is an All Star line-up featuring members of Soule Monde, Grippo Funk Band, and Belizbeha!

We’ll be partying the day away with special beer releases, brewery open house, delicious food, live music and much more. Stay tuned for additional details!

12th Anniversary Celebration

Check out the upcoming lineup of local musicians for our Monday Night Music Series:

02.03Barbacoa| Special Cask: Fayston Maple Chocolate Tart Cherry Imperial Stout infused with vanilla bean
02.10REDadmiral | Special Cask: Maple Nipple conditioned on toasted coconut and Mad River Distillers rum-soaked oak staves
02.17Some Hollow | Special Cask: TBD
02.24DJ Josh KermiTT | Special Cask: TBD

Monday Night Music Series
Grab friends and get your groove on with DJ Matt Hagen for our Boogie Bingo on Thursday, February 13th and 27th from 5-7pm. Take a shot at winning a $20 gift card, enjoy select draft specials and some good old school competition!

Boogie Bingo with DJ Matt Hagen

Oysters & Jams continues on Tuesday, February 18th from 4-8pm featuring Oysters from Wild Fleetian Oyster Co., of Wellfleet, MA, $5 draft specials and classic Bob Marley!

Oysters & Jams


CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

Lawson’s Finest has chosen to pay our staff living wages and generous benefits. There is no tip obligation in the taproom. However, if guests choose to leave a donation, 100% will be given to local charitable endeavors through our Sunshine Fund.

Since we opened our Waitsfield brewery, taproom and retail store in October 2018, taproom guests have generously donated over $400,000 to more than 36 Vermont-based non-profit organizations!

February 1st-15th our taproom donations will be given to Good Beginnings of Central Vermont. Their mission is to bring community to families and their babies. Anyone caring for a new baby in Washington County is eligible for their Postpartum Angel service, early parenting workshops, babywearing support and more.

good beginnings of central vermont

February 16th-29th our taproom donations will be given to Capstone Community Action’s “Fuel Your Neighbors” program which provides emergency food and heat to Central Vermont families in need this winter.


Lawson’s Finest Liquids invites individuals to apply to the Lawson’s Finest Super Sessions initiative to Show Up, Innovate & Play! This is the spirit we bring to everything we do – it’s how we brew our beer, do our work, relate to each other and try to make the world better. As part of our Social Impact Program, we aim to build impactful connections and strengthen communities while creating memorable experiences.

In that spirit, we are offering pint-sized grants for playful Super Sessions to bring people together in fun ways that build community anywhere Lawson’s Finest is distributed. For example, a group could organize a synchronized cannonball jump in the town pond to raise money for cancer research, or sponsor a bike parade and cook-out to honor local school teachers. Check here for more examples of events in the Super Sessions spirit.

Four times each year, our employee-run Super Session Selection Squad will choose projects to each receive up to a $250 check that will launch a Super Session.  There are four  application deadlines per year in February, May, August and November.  Applications will be scored on several criteria including innovation, community-building, fun, and credibility.

The first open application period begins this Saturday, February 1st and applications are due by 5PM on February 29, 2020. Applications can be accessed at www.lawsonsfinest.com/supersessions.

Super Sessions

 


RETAIL STORE

Take a look at our online store and see the newest additions to our merchandise!

Lawson’s Finest Sweatshirt
Sunshine Pin
Chinooker’d Pin
Gold Beer Guy Balloon Glass
Lawson’s Finest Gold Stout Glass
Lawson’s Finest Navy Blue Wool Hat
Lawson’s Finest Gray Wool Hat

Lawson’s Finest Sweatshirt


JOIN OUR TEAM!

Are you or someone you know passionate about the craft beer industry? We have two job openings within our Sales Team!

Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY
Regional Brand Representative – NJ/PA

Lawson's Finest Team


SPECIAL EVENTS

Thursday, February 6th: Tasting at the Middlebury Discount Beverage | VT
Saturday, February 8th: Beer Lover’s Dinner and Full Moon Snowshoe | VT
Sunday, February 9th: Tasting at the Cabot Farmer’s Store | VT
Friday, February 14th: Tasting at the Brattleboro Food Co-op | VT
Saturday, February 15th: Juicy Brews Valentine’s Day Craft Beer Festival | PA
Thursday, February 20th: Tasting at the Vermont National Country Club | VT
Saturday, February 22nd: Winterbike 2020 | VT
February 21st-23rd: WinterWonderGrass | CO

WinterWonderGrass

Tuesday, February 25th: Sugarbush Sip of Sunshine Day | VT
Saturday, February 29th: Into the Mystic, A Tribute to Van Morrison at Jay Peak Resort | VT
Saturday, March 21st: Vermont Brewers Festival at Bear Mountain Killington | VT

We have several collaborations lined up to debut at the Vermont Brewers Festival in Killington. A Kveik IPA with Big Spruce Brewing from Cape Bretton, Nova Scotia and a Vermont IPA with Upper Pass Beer Company called “Phirst Light IPA”. It will be another amazing year at Killington, don’t miss out!

Vermont Brewers Festival


BEER DELIVERIES

You can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA, Super Session #6 and Maple Nipple (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Next beer to enter distribution will be Sugarhouse IPA.

Maple Nipple, The Space In Between and Chinooker’d are now distributed year-round in Vermont!

Maple Nipple

January Beer News

January Beer News

BEER RELEASES

We released the beginning of our barrel aged series at the end of December and if you haven’t had the chance to try these special beers we have a limited supply at our taproom and retail store! We released two variations; Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Aged in Apple Brandy Barrels and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Brewed with Coffee & Cinnamon Aged in Apple Brandy Barrels.

Barrel Aged Series

Comet Session IPA will make its debut mid January, so stay tuned for the official release date. This single hop session IPA is brewed with Comet, a unique “wild American” hop that features notes of citrus zest, combined with a grassy herbal aroma. It will be available in bottles in retail and on draft at our taproom.

Comet Session IPA

POWdah Day IPA is now available throughout Sugarbush Resort! After a day on the mountain swing through and enjoy a light and fluffy IPA featuring four varieties of hops, yielding a juicy character and crisp finish – perfect for après ski!

POWdah Day IPA


TAPROOM 

Special Hours

 


TAPROOM EVENTS

January is packed with must-attend events at our taproom!

We’re kicking off 2020 with a bang! Come get your groove on and join us for Boogie Bingo with DJ Matt Hagen. $5 Space In Between drafts and bingo like you’ve never seen it!

Bingo Boogie

Our Monday Night music series continues with a great lineup of local musicians and special casks.

01.06Bloodroot Gap | Special Cask: Double Sunshine with grapefruit and dry hopped with Citra and Simcoe Cryo hops
01.13The Medicine Tribe Trio | Special Cask: TBD
01.20 Fiddle Witch | Special Cask: TBD
01.27Starline Rhythm Boys | Special Cask: TBD

Monday Night Music Series

For the month of January we are hosting Family Game Night on Wednesdays. Join us at the taproom for an evening of board games, puzzles and beer! We’ll have $5 draft pours of Super Session #6, $5 pretzels and free juice boxes for kids.

Family Game Night


CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

Lawson’s Finest has chosen to pay our staff living wages and generous benefits. There is no tip obligation in the taproom. However, if guests choose to leave a donation, 100% will be given to local charitable endeavors through our Sunshine Fund.

Since we opened our Waitsfield brewery, taproom and retail store in October 2018, taproom guests have donated over $380,000 to more than 35 Vermont-based non-profit organizations.

We’ve added an application process for the Sunshine Fund. Applications for calendar year 2020 are due by 5pm on January 31, 2020.

Sunshine Fund priority is given to the following areas in the Mad River Valley and Washington County VT:
Healthy Communities
Food and Economic Security
Natural Resource Protection and Sustainable Recreation in our beloved Green Mountains


January 1st-15th our taproom donations will be given to the Valley Players Theater which is a community organization whose mission is to promote cultural activities in the Mad River Valley as well as to produce dramatic, musical and other forms of the arts.

Valley Players Theatre

January 16th-31st our taproom donations will be given to Free Wheelin’ which provides rides to activities and medical appointments throughout Vermont for senior citizens and anyone else in the Mad River Valley unable to access transportation.

Free Wheelin'


RETAIL STORE

We’ve been adding new winter gear to our retail. Check out the latest items online or at our retail store in Waitsfield, VT!

Sip of Sunshine Skida Neck Warmer
Chinooker’d Skida Neck Warmer
Women’s Flannel Shirt
Men’s Flannel Shirt
Lawson’s Finest Cable Knit Winter Hat

Skida Neck Warmers


JOIN OUR TEAM!

Are you or someone you know passionate about the craft beer industry? We have a job opening within our Sales Team!

Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY

Lawson's Finest Team


SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, January 10th: Lawson’s Finest Après Ski at Loon Mountain
Friday, January 10th: Full Moon Snowshoe & Brew at Mad River Glen
Saturday, January 25th: CNY Brewfest
Saturday, January 25th: Beveridge Ice Fest 2020


BEER DELIVERIES

You can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA, Super Session #6 and Maple Nipple (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Maple Nipple will be showing up at package stores and bars by the third week of January.

Vermont, be on the lookout for additional Lawson’s Finest beers in distribution! Maple Nipple and The Space In Between will be showing up the second week of January and Chinooker’d the third week. We’re excited to be able to add these additional beers to our regular distribution of Sip of Sunshine and our Super Session Series.

Super Session #6

Our Beers

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