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September Beer News

September Beer News

BREWERY TOURS

We are now offering brewery tours! Get the inside scoop on Lawson’s Finest while touring our brewery and sampling some fine liquids. The tours are free and are held on Fridays at 5pm and Saturdays at 1pm and 5pm. We do not take reservations over the phone, please sign up for a tour in person at our retail shop. There is a 10 person limit per tour.

Lawson's Finest Brewery

Lawson's Finest Brewery


BEER RELEASES

Hopcelot IPA is inspired by a dreamy combination of music, hops, and beer. Celebrate with us as we revel in the glory of 8 varieties of hops from around the world, brewed to create intricate flavor and delight your senses! Brewed by Sean at our original brewery in Warren, VT; it’s available on draft in our taproom and 22oz. bottles available in our retail store. There are a handful of vintage labels on the bottles that feature the original artwork from The Grift’s 15th anniversary in 2014. If you happen to purchase one featured below you win a free Lawson’s Finest pint glass! Join us in celebrating The Grift’s 20th anniversary and enjoy a glass of Hopcelot IPA!

Hopcelot IPA

Friday, September 6th we will be releasing Sabro Session IPA and it will be available on draft in our taproom and 22oz. bottles available in our retail store. This single hop session IPA is brewed in collaboration with Yakima Chief hop farms at our original brewery in Warren, VT. It features Sabro, one of the newest named hop varieties.

Sabro Session IPA

The first week of October we will be releasing Starkbier! This richly flavored, full bodied lager beer is brewed in the tradition of German Doppelbock with a decoction mash. Aromas of sweet dark sugar and toasted caramel are balanced with earthy Noble Saaz hops.

Starkbier

Sean Lawson and Carton Brewing collaborated on a NJ IPA, When They Said Sit Down, We Stood Up. Stayed tuned for more details!

When They Said Sit Down, We Stood Up


TAPROOM EVENTS

Have you played in our cornhole tournament yet?! September we will be hosting our final tournaments held on 9/5, and 9/12. Sign ups are free and begin at 4:30pm, bags fly at 5pm. Bring your friends and show off your skills for the chance to win a $30 gift card!

Conrhole Tournaments

Taproom Music Series 

Labor Day, September 2nd, 5-7pm: Atlas Gray
Special Cask: Hopzilla with Simcoe, Citra and el Dorado hops.

Hopzilla Special Cask

September 9th, 5-7pm: Starline Rhythm Boys
Special Cask: Above the Clouds with lemon thyme, fresh lemon juice and peel.

Starline Rhythm Boys

September 16th, 5-7pm: The Brevity Thing
Special Cask: To be determined

The Brevity Thing

September 19th 5-5:45pm: Scrag Mountain Music

Scrag Mountain Music

September 23rd, 5-7pm: SoBe_Beats
Special Cask: To be determined

SoBe_Beats

Can you believe it’s almost been a year since we opened our taproom?! We will be celebrating in style for our birthday on Saturday, October 19th. Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for the official announcement with all the exciting details!

Taproom


CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

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

September 1st-15th our taproom donations will be given to the Vermont Troops and Families. They focus on helping Vermont military members, veterans and their families in need. 100% of this donation will go directly to the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation. Sugarbush is hosting a golf tournament on Sunday, September 15th to benefit this wonderful organization. If you’re interested in signing up check out their website. Our Brand Ambassador will be hosting a Lawson’s Finest tasting at the putting contest!

VT Troops and Families

September 16th-30th our taproom donations will be given to the Friends of the Mad River. They work with neighbors to steward the Mad River Valley’s healthy land and clean water for our community and future generations. A changing and increasingly variable climate presents a challenge, and also an opportunity to our Valley community. Friends – through its year-long 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2020 – will bring the community together to celebrate our natural assets, think globally and act locally, and dream big for a strong and resilient Mad River Valley community.

Friends of the Mad River

The Waterbury Record highlighted our charitable giving program in a recent blog, check it out!

Charitable Giving Program


RETAIL SHOP

Check out our retail shop for the latest Lawson’s Finest gear!

Retail Shop


JOIN OUR TEAM!

Are you passionate about the craft beer industry? We have two job openings!

Marketing Director
Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY

Lawson's Finest Employees


SPECIAL EVENTS

Calling all Vermonters! Join us in celebrating Sip of Sunshine and all things Lawson’s Finest! Sean Lawson will be attending the event at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill on September 12th and Big Fatty’s BBQ on September 19th!

Vermont Sip of Sunshine Days

Saturday, September 7th Morefest is a community-centric event that includes an afternoon of fun activities for all ages and a celebration of our entire valley coming together! Enjoy some Lawson’s Finest Liquids with great company and live music from the Mad Mountain Scramblers!
Morefest

Sunday, September 8th the Mad River Riders will depart from Lawson’s Finest taproom for their Un Epic Ride. This adventure is unofficial, unadvisedly unfettered, unbelievable, unusual and more than a little uneasy.

The expert loop is ~27 miles/5000′ of climbing and the advanced loop is ~17 miles and 3000′ of climbing through some of the best and most challenging trails in the Mad River Valley. The expert route has trails with significant risks and the advanced route has some true expert sections, although everything can be walked. To be clear, the mileage and vertical numbers do not tell the whole story here. The technical nature of many of these trails make them seem far longer.

Once the course has been completed enjoy an apres velo mello party at our taproom from 12pm-3pm.

Mad River Riders

Hopheads unite! IPA Fest is back and headed to Brooklyn on Saturday, September 14th! Join us for our tribute to India Pale Ales, ranging from bitter to hazy and juicy to sour. Hosted by BeerAdvocate, and held at the Brooklyn Expo Center, the one day festival will span two sessions and feature over 50 breweries pouring nearly 200 beers. Sean Lawson and Lawson’s Finest team will be pouring Hopzilla, Double Sunshine, Triple Sunshine, The Space in Between and Chinooker’d!

BeerAdvocate IPA Fest

 

September 18th – 22nd Norwich University will commemorate its 200th anniversary. The Mad River Valley community and Lawson’s Finest Liquids would like to congratulate the Norwich University family on this milestone! Stop by the taproom and celebrate with us.

Norwich University

Saturday, September 21st we are looking forward to another epic year at SIPtemberfest! 2019 marks the 12th anniversary! With only around 24 brewers and about 800 tickets, it’s the Best Little Beer Fest in Vermont. It offers people an unparalleled craft beer experience in the unique setting and familiar and cozy vibe of Mad River Glen. With limited tickets, lines are never too long so you can meet and talk to the brewers and their staff. The beers are amazing, the people are cool, the food and the music are local and awesome, and -rain or shine- it’s always a great time. We will be pouring Hopzilla, Double Sunshine, Maple Nipple and The Space in Between.

Siptemberfest

Join us at Worthy Burger Too on Sunday, September 22nd to dance the evening away with The Grift, enjoy delicious beer and tasty treats! We are looking forward to sponsoring an evening of wonderful music.

The Grift

Karen Lawson will be at The Big E on Thursday, September 26th. Stop by and say hi! You can find Karen in the Vermont building, at the VT Department of Tourism and Marketing booth representing both Lawson’s Finest and the great state of VT.

Each September, close to 1.5 million people travel to Eastern States Exposition’s grounds for New England’s grandest fair – The Big E. The 17-day event provides a one of a kind tactile experience in which visitors can celebrate the season and enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of the region.

The Big E

Saturday, September 28th join us at the Killington Brewfest! Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241′ of Vermont’s finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, a plethora of fabulous food offerings and over 80 of the finest craft beers in the region.

Brewfest is one of Killington’s most distinctive annual celebrations. This year will offer a new venue experience. The perfect art of feng shui will be demonstrated, as they will have the brewers located outside the Snowshed Base Area as well as inside the Snowshed Base Lodge for your Brewfest experience. As always, entertainment will be provided in each area to keep the vibe alive throughout the venue.

Killington Brewfest

Saturday, September 28th we will also be at the New England Craft Beer Open! This is a golf tournament for all craft beer lovers. Profits from the event go to support the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation. We will be pouring some fine liquids, so sign up and join us for a great day of golf and beer!

New England Craft Beer Open

We are thrilled to be part of the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado October 3rd-5th. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition in Denver, CO. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation.

Great American Beer Festival


BEER DELIVERIES

You can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA , and Super Session #7 (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Hopzilla has made it’s way back into our lineup AND has just begun distribution! Hopzilla is 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. Keep an eye out at your local favorite pubs and stores for the chance to try this epic Double IPA!


We look forward to seeing you at the taproom!

Taproom Light Fare

August Beer News

August Beer News

Be on the lookout for our new packaging of Sip of Sunshine and Super Session IPA Series! It is the same great beer you have come to love, with a refreshed, updated design to match the exceptional quality of the liquids in the can and to align with the beautiful labels and branding of our Waitsfield, VT beers.

Sip of Sunshine


IN THE MEDIA

During a blind tasting Craft Beer and Brewing named both Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit and Triple Sunshine as the highest rated in their perspective categories; IPA with Fruit and Imperial American IPA.

Craft Beer and Brewing

Craft Beer and Brewing Craft Beer and Brewing 


BEER RELEASES

We’ve got a great selection of beers coming out this month. Plan your trip to Waitsfield, VT so you don’t miss out!

Above the Clouds made its debut when we first opened our brewery, taproom and retail store in Waitsfield and we’re excited to announce its comeback! Our golden ale features notes of lemon citrus, is crisp and clean with a well balanced bitterness, and a light bodied mouth feel. It’s a refreshing, thirst quenching beverage we highly recommend that you give a try and take on your next adventure!

Above the Clouds

Bit O’ Balsam IPA – Sean Lawson and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies joined forces at our original brewery in Warren, VT to collaborate on the Bit O’ Balsam IPA. This American IPA features wild crafted Balsam Fir tips harvested high in the Green Mountains, home to the Bicknell’s Thrush. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Vermont Center for Ecostudies and their efforts to conserve this vulnerable species.

This special brew will be released on Monday, August 5th! We will have 22oz. bottles available for purchase at our retail store and fresh draft at our taproom. Enjoy a fresh pour while listening to music from Chad Hollister from 5-7pm.

Bit O' Balsam

Mark your calendars for the release of The Space In Between with Blood Orange on Friday, August 9th! This limited-time brew features blood orange puree and rind, bringing a tropical juiciness to our slightly tart and hazy undefined ale. Dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy.

The Space In Between with Blood Orange


TAPROOM EVENTS

Join us every Thursday for our Cornhole Tournaments! Sign ups are free and begin at 4:30pm, bags fly at 5pm. Bring your friends and show off your skills! August we will be hosting the tournaments on 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, and 8/29. If you are interested in purchasing one of our Sip of Sunshine cornhole boards contact us at our location in Waitsfield; 802-496-HOPS!

Cornhole Tournaments

Monday Night Music Series 5-7pm 

August 5th: Chad Hollister

August 12thBarbacoa
Specialty cask: Above the Clouds infused with tangerine

Barbacoa
Above the Clouds

August 19th: John Emil

August 26th: Mad Mountain Scramblers

Mad Mountain Scramblers


CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

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

August 1st – 15th our taproom donations will be given to the Vermont Farm Immersion Program based at Hartshorn Farm in Waitsfield, VT. Their mission is to inspire, guide and educate the next generation of farmers and food business entrepreneurs, as well as empower individuals to grow food sustainably. Each of the one-of-a-kind, hands on, residential and experiential programs intensively explores all aspects of growing certified organic vegetables, fruits, and medicinal herbs as well as year round, climate protected, sustainable hydroponic (grown in water) greens, farm animal care, beekeeping, operating a farm stand and maple sugar house, agritourism events, pick your own, wholesale produce accounts, CSA’s, creating farm camps for kids, food & farm tours, and an introduction to a large variety of local food businesses.   Funding would be used to help create a scholarship fund so that the cost of the program will not be a deterrent for those that really want to participate, as well as funds to finish a space that will be used as a dorm.

Vermont Farm Immersion Program

August 16th – 31st our taproom donations will be given to the Mad River Valley Libraries.

The Friends of the Joslin Memorial Library (Waitsfield) donation will support programs on a variety of issues for both adults and children that are free for everyone in the community to attend.

The Friends of the Warren Library support all of the children’s programming – from the very popular Friday afterschool program for elementary students to the summer learning activities. With the funds collected through the Lawson’s Finest charitable giving program, they will be purchasing laptops to use for kids coding classes. 

The Friends of the Moretown Library strives to be a hub for the community by providing robust programming, services and a diverse collection of materials. Currently, they are working to update the library’s technology capabilities with the addition of a projector to use for movies and upcoming programs.

Library

NEW MERCH ALERT!

Check out our online shop or retail store in Waitsfield, VT for new Lawson’s Finest merchandise! We’ve recently added some new items.

Sip of Sunshine Cooler
Sip of Sunshine Visor
Sip of Sunshine Can Cooler
Women’s Sunshine Tank Top
Sip of Sunshine Pin
Women’s Lawson’s Finest Tank Top
Sahm Pilsner Glass

New Merch
New Merch


JOIN OUR TEAM!

Are you passionate about the craft beer industry? We have two job openings!

Marketing Director
Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY

Lawson's Finest Employees


The Mad River Valley is a very special place to visit and if you’re looking to plan a trip, there is a unique place to stay! The three bedroom house at the original Lawson’s Finest brewery is listed on Airbnb!

Lawson's Finest Airbnb


SPECIAL EVENTS

August 2nd and 3rd Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be at the Bear North Festival! Spend the weekend on the slopes of Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush enjoying live music, delicious beer, art, and camping. You can find Scrag Mountain Pils, Super Session #8, Chinooker’d IPA, Above the Clouds, Sip of Sunshine, Double Sunshine, and Maple Nipple. Bear North Festival

Saturday during the festival, join Natasha Bogar for a Paint and Pint session! Create your own acrylic on canvas of artwork inspired by Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine. You will begin with the background, painting the warm summer sky, green mountains and rivers of color. Next add in the swirling sun bursting with droplets. The brilliant palette of yellows, oranges, reds and greens will brighten your day and your home. The best part of art is in the process of creation. While sipping on some sunshine, mixing and blending paint you may lose track of time, leading you back to the present!

Paint & Pint Session

NENSA App Gap Challenge on August 3rd is a fun and exciting dual technique Rollerski Race. Competitors ski a pursuit format, starting with skate, and transitioning to classic mid course at the parking lot of Mad River Glen, before making the push to the top. Come and try to break the course record for $100 cash or challenge yourself to a spectacular ski up the eastern slope of the Green Mountains. We are looking forward to quenching the thirst of these competitors with our App Gap Saison!

App Gap Challenge

Saturday, August 3rd is Long Trail Day! Join the Green Mountain Club‘s annual social fundraiser and hiking challenge! Individuals and groups will hike segments of the Long Trail to complete the entire 272-mile trail in one day, all while raising money for the Green Mountain Club to continue its work caring for the mountains and trails of Vermont. The fun continues by joining other hikers at Lawson’s Finest Liquids to celebrate the completion of the hike from 4-7pm.

The first 272 people to register will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks and all registrants will receive a free digital Long Trail Map.  Rewards for fundraising include Long Trail Day merchandise and Skida and Osprey products!

Can’t hike that day?  You can be a virtual hiker by registering and fundraising online, with the same access to rewards as those hiking.

Hike-The-LT-in-A-Day

An epic weekend of mountain biking and brews at the Rooted Vermont: Return to Gravel  August 3rd-4th will be a treat! In the spirit of “keep Vermont weird”, Rooted Vermont will follow a mullet protocol: business in the front, party in the back. Two course lengths are offered of roughly 45 or 85 miles. The event will begin in Richmond, VT traveling south through the heart of the rugged Green Mountains towards Ripton. Featuring both silky smooth gravel and other sections titled Class 4 or Vermontpavé, there is challenging terrain for any ability of cyclist. The competitors can look forward to finishing the race with fine beverages and good times!

Rooted Vermont: Return to Gravel

On Saturday August 10th, Dust off your dancing shoes and iron your poodle skirt for the Drive & Jive street dance and the antique & classic car parade! The parade kicks off at 3:30 pm and the party continues after with dancing in the street to music from WDEV. Keep the party going while you twist the night away with food from Mediterranean Mix and The Melted Cheesiere, ice cream from The Udder Guys, and a beer garden from The Blue Stone, sponsored by Lawson’s Finest Liquids.

Drive & Jive

Come enjoy the beautiful scenery at Homestead Hops in South Starksboro as part of the the 5th Annual Vermont Open Farm Week on Thursday, August 15th. Take a walk through the trellised two acre hop yard and take in the sights and smells of these majestic plants. Learn about how they were once Vermont’s largest agricultural crop. Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be serving beer truly crafted with local ingredients. Come enjoy the delicious end result of our hard work for a unique yard to glass experience. Take a seat by the fire or wander up by the pond. Food will be available– TBD, stay tuned!

Homestead Hops

Lawson’s Finest Brand Ambassador will be pouring liquid sunshine at the Brattleboro Food Co-op on August 15th from 3-5:3opm. Stop by for some samples and say hi!

Brattleboro Food Co-op

Saturday, August 17th we will be providing the racers of 100 on 100 with some fine liquids to help them with their long race!

A van full of your closest friends, 100 miles of scenic Vermont running, and an endless supply of memories – this is NOT your average running event! The 100 on 100 Relay is a challenging relay experience where friends converge from across the country to complete 100 demanding miles together along Vermont’s historic Route 100. Push beyond your limits, lean on your teammates, and complete something extraordinary.

Check it out and register for an exciting race!

100 on 100

Thursday, August 22nd our Brand Ambassador will be sharing liquid sunshine at Natural Provisions from 3-5:30pm.

Natural Provisions

Wednesday, August 28th we will be hosting a tasting at White River Co-op from 3:30-5:30pm.White River Co-op

Saturday, August 31st The Grift turns 20 and we are proud to be the sponsor of such an exciting celebration! Lawson’s Finest is brewing a batch of Hopcelot IPA for a special G20 birthday present (in addition to a handful of additional brewery offerings)! Come party like it’s 1999 at a huge outdoor celebration concert at Mad River Glen. This is an all ages show, so bring your family too. Kids under 12 get in free. 3pm Gates Open, 6pm Showtime. $20 General Admission, $60 VIP ticket. Rain or shine. Pick up will call tickets at the gate.

The Grift

Join us at this years 25th Annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival August 31st – September 1st. Stay tuned for our beer list!

Mount Snow Brewers Festival

Join Lawson’s Finest at our out-of-state events celebrating Sip of Sunshine!

Sip of Sunshine Days


BEER DELIVERIES

You can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPASuper Session #8 and Super Session #7 (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey.

We are thrilled to be distributing in the Garden State! Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #8 has made it’s way down there in draft and now you can find it in cans as well!

New Jersey Distribution


We look forward to seeing you at the taproom!

Taproom Light Fare

July Beer News

July Beer News

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW


This August we are unveiling new packaging for Sip of Sunshine and our Super Session IPA Series! It is the same great beer you have come to love, with a refreshed, updated design to match the exceptional quality of the liquids in the can and to align with the beautiful labels and branding of our Waitsfield, VT beers.

Sip of Sunshine Packaging

Super Session IPA Series

Kingdom Trails IPA (6.2% abv) is pale yellow in color, soft and refreshing on the palate with a mild bitterness and an intensely fruit forward and floral nose. The Kingdom Trail Association joined Sean Lawson in Warren, VT to collaborate in the brewing process as well as selecting the hops used. The proceeds benefit both NEMBA and the Kingdom Trail Association. We have limited draft available at our taproom, stop by and give it a try!

Kingdom Trails IPA

Sean has been busy at the original brewery in Warren, VT and one of the anticipated releases is the Bit O’ Balsam IPA. A collaboration with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies to benefit the Mountain Birdwatch; a citizen science program to enhance the conservation of the endangered, high-elevation nesting Bicknell’s Thrush. It’s brewed and “dry-tipped” with Balsam Fir and comes in at 6.5% abv. It will be available in 22oz bottles in our retail store and on draft at our taproom in late July. Stay tuned for the release date!

Bicknell Thrush

Vermont Center for Ecostudies

Mark your calendars for our special August beer release! We are running a limited Waitsfield, VT brewed batch of The Space In Between with blood orange! The Space In Between (5% abv) is a hazy ale with a hint of tartness, brewed with oats and wheat and dry-hopped with Nelson and Galaxy varieties. It will be available on draft in our taproom and packaged cans to go from our retail store.

The Space In Between with Blood Orange

Looking for great summer beers that are low in calories per serving? Check out our Scrag Mountain Pils that comes in at 138 calories, Super Session #8 140 calories, App Gap Saison 142 calories and The Space in Between 150 calories! Make sure you bring some on your next adventure!

In case you missed the exciting news we shared in June, we have expanded our distribution into New Jersey and Upstate, NY! Distribution will begin sometime in July, so keep an eye out for Lawson’s Finest Liquids at your favorite local accounts. For more details, read our press release.

New Jersey Distribution

Lawson’s Finest Cornhole Tournament Series!
Cornhole and some good ol’ fashioned competition go hand in hand. Beginning Thursday, July 18th from 4:30-7pm we will hold the first of our weekly cornhole tournaments. The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Lawson’s Finest Liquids! Stop by the taproom for delicious beverages, light fare and fun every Thursday evening!

Cornhole

During the build of our brewery, taproom and retail store in Waitsfield, VT we worked closely with Efficiency Vermont to ensure we were being as mindful as possible. We are proud to be included in the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Green Brewery Cohort. You can read more here!

Lawson's Finest Liquids


NEW MERCH ALERT!

Check out our online shop or retail store in Waitsfield, VT for new Lawson’s Finest merchandise! We’ve recently added some new items.

Lawson’s Finest Cooler
Lawson’s Finest Insulated Tote Bag
Lawson’s Finest Klean Kanteen Tumbler
Lawson’s Finest Ecovessel
Lawson’s Finest Space In Between Headband
Lawson’s Finest Space In Between Skirt

New Merch

New Merch Alert


CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

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

July 1st-15th the donations will be given to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice – Their personal care attendant and homemaking support long-term care program extends beyond the traditional medical sphere. They provide companionship and help with activities of daily living (light housekeeping, cooking, laundry, and bathing and dressing) to central Vermonters who, without the support, would very likely have needed to leave their homes and move to a facility or nursing home. Caring for people in their homes is cost effective, a fraction of an inpatient hospital stay and about half the cost to care for a person in a nursing home. Perhaps more important, by providing one-on-one support, education, and high-quality care in a setting where we know people want to be, they give central Vermonters the tools to manage their conditions and maintain their independence. 

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July 16th-31st the taproom donations will be given to Downstreet Housing & Community Development – Downstreet strengthens the communities of Central Vermont by engaging with people, providing affordable homes, and connecting people to the resources and services they need to thrive. Donated funds will support the Residences 4 Recovery Initiative which is a collective statewide effort, lead by Downstreet, to accelerate the development of supportive recovery housing in Vermont to assist the thousands of individuals and families, and the dozens of communities suffering from the Substance Use Disorder crisis. 

Downstreet Housing & Community Development


JOIN OUR TEAM!

Are you passionate about the craft beer industry? We have three job openings!

Marketing Director
Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY
Craft Beer Delivery Driver

Lawson's Finest Employees


SPECIAL EVENTS

We are looking forward to hosting an array of incredibly talented musicians and plenty of sunny days to enjoy it at outside at our beer garden!

Music Lineup

Join us at the taproom on July 1st from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music from Fiddle Witch. Our special cask will feature Scrag Mountain Pils infused with lime and sea salt.

Scrag Moutain Pils with lime and sea salt

The 71st year of the Warren 4th of July Parade will be filled with sunshine! Lawson’s Finest team will lead the parade with Sean and Karen Lawson as this years Grand Marshals. Join us in celebrating our independence! If you are in the Mad River Valley we hope to see you there. (Please note our taproom will be closed 7/4.)

Friday, July 5th join the Lawson’s Finest Concert on the Mad River Green in Waitsfield from 6-9pm with live music from The Grift! We are so honored to sponsor our favorite local band for the community to enjoy!

The Grift

Lawson’s Finest is proud to be the Official Beer Sponsor of the world’s most beautiful marathon; the Mad Marathon! This years marathon will be held on Sunday, July 7th in Waitsfield.

The Mad Marathon

Bring your dancing shoes and join us at the taproom on Monday, July 8th from 5-7pm to enjoy live music from Troy Millette!

Troy Millette

In addition to live music and great beer, Bear North Festival is having a pop up ticket sale at our taproom from 4-7pm on Monday, July 8th. Stop by to get discounted tickets for this years must-go-to festival at Sugarbush!

Bear North Festival

Peter Havens is hosting a beer dinner on Monday, July 8th. The talented staff has created a delicious dinner menu!

Course 1:
Scrag Mountain Pils
Couscous Salad with Corn, Mint, Lime

Course 2:
Super Session #8
Lobster “Canneloni” – Lobster wrapped in thinly sliced mango with goat cheese served in a butter lettuce cup

Course 3:
App Gap Saison
Fried Fish and Pommes Frites with Tropical Tamarind Ketchup and spicy tartar sauce

Course 4:
Sip of Sunshine
Pulled Pork Slider with Pineapple Coconut Coleslaw

Course 5:
Maple Nipple
Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Churro with Blueberry Compote and Sweet Cream Ice Cream

Peter Havens

Tuesday, July 9th our Brand Ambassador will be holding a tasting at the Stowe Country Club from 2-6pm. We will be serving Sip of Sunshine, Super Session #8, and Scrag Mountain Pils.

Stowe Country Club

Join us at the taproom on July 15th from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music from Phineas Gage. Our specialty cask will feature Knockout Blonde infused with strawberry and rhubarb.

You can find our Brand Ambassador at the Beverage Warehouse on Wednesday, July 17th for a tasting. Stop by to sample Lawson’s Finest Liquids!

Beverage Warehouse

We are looking forward to this years Vermont Brewers Festival July 19th-20th. Mascara Mountain Brut IPA is making its debut as a festival-only exclusive. Brett Seymour, of Collaborative Brewing Company, joined Sean Lawson at our Warren brewery to create this special beer. Mascara Mountain is a super dry, light and crisp IPA that features a fruity effervescence. Brewed with Sabro hops and comes in at 6.7% abv. In addition to Mascara Mountain we will have our Berliner Weiss Style Ale, Scrag Mountain Pils, MC Amalgamation Brett IPA (a collaboration with Big Spruce Brewing), Double Sunshine IPA with Ruby Red Grapefruit, Homestead Haze – Vermont Grown IPA, Peril Imperial IPA and Fayston Maple Chocolate Tart Cherry. Get your tickets now!

VBA Burlington Festival

Mascara Mountain Brut IPA

A celebration of Pilsner & Love. Join us on Saturday, July 20th for Pils & Love 2019 featuring 60+ of the world’s best pilsners and a whole lot of love.

Pils & Love 2019

Monday, July 22nd we welcome Jeremy Hill, Bruce and Nina Sklar for our Monday Night Music Series from 5-7pm. Come enjoy a relaxing Monday evening with local jazz music.

Sklarkestra featuring Nina Sklar

We’ll be pouring at the 6th annual Beveridge Summer Fest on Saturday, July 27th from 12-4pm. Sample amazing brews from some New England breweries while listening to the tunes from Copilot. There will be corn hole, beer pong and other fun games to play at the base of Wolfeboro’s Abenaki Ski Hill. Food vendors will fill your tummies with their tasty goods. Bring a lawn chair if you like and enjoy a day of amazing beer, cider, and music! Get tickets while they’re still available!

2019 Beveridge Festival

Monday, July 29th we are looking forward to hosting Erin Cassels-Brown for our Monday Night Music Series. He will be filling our taproom with tunes from 5-7pm!

Erin Cassels-Brown Music

August 2nd and 3rd, join us on the slopes of Sugarbush North (Mt. Ellen) in Fayston, Vermont for a weekend of art, music, beer, food, camping, community and more. Purchase your tickets now!

Bear North Festival

Saturday, August 3rd is Long Trail Day! Join the Green Mountain Club‘s annual social fundraiser and hiking challenge!  Individuals and groups will hike segments of the Long Trail to complete the entire 272-mile trail in one day, all while raising money for the Green Mountain Club to continue its work caring for the mountains and trails of Vermont. The fun continues by joining other hikers at Lawson’s Finest Liquids to celebrate the completion of the hike from 4-7pm.

The first 272 people to register will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks and all registrants will receive a free digital Long Trail Map.  Rewards for fundraising include Long Trail Day merchandise and Skida and Osprey products!

Can’t hike that day?  You can be a virtual hiker by registering and fundraising online, with the same access to rewards as those hiking.

Hike-The-LT-in-A-Day

NENSA App Gap Challenge on August 3rd is a fun and exciting dual technique Rollerski Race. Competitors ski a pursuit format, starting with skate, and transitioning to classic mid course at the parking lot of Mad River Glen, before making the push to the top.  Come and try and break the course record for $100 cash or challenge yourself to a spectacular ski up the eastern slope of the Green Mountains. Racers will get to enjoy our App Gap Saison at the finish line!

App Gap Saison


BEER DELIVERIES

Be on the lookout for our Scrag Mountain Pils! This summer’s must-try is our house lager that features a mild floral aroma, is dry, crisp and refreshing with a delicate amount of noble hop spice. It pairs well with adventures and will be available at some accounts throughout the Northeast U.S.! 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.

You can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Philadelphia.

Scrag Mountain Pils

New Jersey and Upstate NY Distribution News

New Jersey and Upstate NY Distribution News

LAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDS AND REMARKABLE LIQUIDS ANNOUNCE NEW DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP FOR NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK STATE

Distribution agreement brings Sip of Sunshine IPA to the Jersey Shore and Upstate N.Y.

WAITSFIELD, VT. and GUILDERLAND CENTER, N.Y. (June 18, 2019) – Lawson’s Finest Liquids, a signature Vermont brewery, and Remarkable Liquids, New York and New Jersey’s premier craft beverage distributor, have announced a new distribution agreement that will bring beers from the Waitsfield, Vt. based brewery into New Jersey.

Starting in July, Remarkable Liquids will begin distribution of Lawson’s Finest flagship beer, Sip of Sunshine IPA, statewide in New Jersey, as well as in central and upstate New York, in addition to the rotating Super Session single hop IPA series and limited specialty beer releases.

“We are thrilled to launch distribution of Lawson’s Finest in New Jersey, where we’ve received countless requests for our beer. The team at Remarkable Liquids shares our commitment to proper handling of the highest quality beer to ensure customers receive it exactly the way the brewery intends – cold and fresh – consistently delivering the experience that discerning craft beer drinkers seek,” said Sean Lawson, founding brewer, Lawson’s Finest. “I was born in Red Bank, N.J., and as a Jersey boy originally, it has been a longstanding goal of mine to satiate the thirst of the Garden State,” continued Lawson.

“Lawson’s Finest products have always been in high demand; these guys work tirelessly to create some amazing beers and it truly shows in the quality of their brews,” said Spencer Noakes, co-founder and general manager, Remarkable Liquids. “Sip of Sunshine and Super Session are household names in the craft community, the only thing holding most back from enjoying them is accessibility, and we’re excited to be the ones closing the loop and getting these amazing products into the hands of those who will enjoy them the most.”

New Jersey craft beer fans can expect regular deliveries of cans and draft beer of both Sip of Sunshine IPA and the Super Session IPA series, a quaffable brew loaded with hops, designed to be light and refreshing with lower alcohol and calories (4.8 percent ABV, 140 calories), yet having the full hop character of an IPA. Be on the lookout for Super Session #7 in late July, the newest rendition brewed with Idaho 7 hops. In addition, fans can expect limited releases every other month of Lawson’s Finest specialty beers from Vermont, with Scrag Mountain Pilsner in July, Hopzilla Double IPA in September, and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout in November.

Lawson’s Finest has long been a staple of the craft beer industry, with the flagship Sip of Sunshine IPA being one of the most sought-after beers in the Northeast, and their unique maple brews winning multiple medals at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival. Today, they split brewing operations between their 34-barrel Waitsfield location and Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, Connecticut, where their flagship “Sip of Sunshine IPA” and “Super Session” series are brewed at a larger scale to meet the incredibly high demand. In late 2018, Lawson’s Finest opened their new destination brewery in Waitsfield, VT, offering a world-class experience where fans can enjoy a wide array of brews on tap. The taproom features a soaring timber-frame space, with a selection of local artisanal foods in a family-friendly setting, kids games, a beer garden, and adjacent walking trails. Their retail store offers a full selection of beers and branded merchandise to go.

Remarkable Liquids will be responsible for the distribution of Lawson’s Finest Liquids products throughout the entire state of New Jersey, in addition to the following New York counties: Chenango, Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. This effectively completes Lawson’s Finest’s New York State distribution coverage, making the beer available throughout New York and New Jersey where fine craft beverages are sold.

More information about Lawson’s Finest can be found by visiting LawsonsFinest.com, as well as on Facebook (fb.com/LawsonsFinestLiquids), and on Twitter (@LawsonsFinest), and on Instagram (@LawsonsFinest).

Additional Remarkable Liquids information can be found online at RemarkableLiquids.com, on Facebook (fb.com/remarkable.liquids.1), and on Twitter (@remarkableliquids), and on Instagram (@remarkableliquids).

 

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About Lawson’s Finest: Lawson’s Finest was founded in 2008 by Sean and Karen Lawson with a highly acclaimed, small batch artisanal brewery located in Warren, Vermont and in 2014 added an alternating proprietorship in Stratford, CT, where the flagship Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session beers are brewed. Lawson’s Finest mission is to produce beer of the highest quality with outstanding freshness, featuring world-class IPA’s and unique maple brews, while emulating the best of widely appreciated styles. lawsonsfinest.com

About Remarkable Liquids: Remarkable Liquids is a craft beverage distribution company based near Albany, N.Y. that was conceived to offer a distribution option different from all others in the Empire State. Selling only craft beer, cider, mead, and kombucha, Remarkable Liquids is committed to passionately purveying the highest quality beverages in the world. remarkableliquids.com

June Beer News

June Beer News

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW


Friday, June 7th we are releasing our Homestead Haze IPA! Vermont has a special place in our hearts and this is a tribute to the state we love so much. This beer has been brewed with 100% Vermont grown products. We brewed with malted barley and wheat from Peterson Quality Malt and Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook varieties from Homestead Hops. A big thanks to these Vermont farms for cultivating products that we are proud to brew with!

This limited Waitsfield brew is hazy and light amber in appearance with a bouquet of resinous hop aroma and flavors, featuring orange and grapefruit rind, fresh cut grass, and peach and stone fruit esters. We will have this available in draft and in cans, so be sure to stop by our taproom for a taste!

Homestead Haze IPA

App Gap Saison is making its way back into our lineup Saturday, June 1st! Our Belgian style farmhouse ale has a slightly spicy character, fruity yeast-driven esters and an effervescent dry finish. Named after the Appalachian Gap, our mountain gateway to the valley, it’s a classic adventure road that connects us with our neighbors to the west. Frequently used by cycling enthusiasts both pedal and motor, and has views that will take your breath away. Stop by for a fresh pour or grab cans to go!

App Gap Saison

Rooski Black IPA (7% ABV) is a tribute to our dear friend and colleague, Andrew Black. The brewing process was a collaborative effort with the Black Family and our staff participating in its creation at our original 7bbl brewery in Warren, VT. This aromatic brew features Marris Otter and Chocolate malts, along with Amarillo, El Dorado, and Sabro hops. We have a limited supply available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Rooski Black IPA

Our Beer Garden is coming to life; we’ve recently added additional seating and new games! Enjoy a fresh pour, some local light fare and the beautiful Vermont scenery with friends by your side! If you’re interested in finding out what we have available on draft, in packaged cans and what light fare we are offering (including great new menu items!) please check out our taproom page for the most up-to-date information.

Beer Garden

Taproom Food

Brewbound’s podcast “Episode 35: Sean Lawson on the Brewery that Sip of Sunshine Built” is live on their website, give it a listen!

Brewbound Podcast


NEW MERCH ALERT!

Check out our online shop or retail store in Waitsfield, VT for new Lawson’s Finest merchandise! We’ve recently added an orange stainless steel water bottle, sunshine headband, sunshine foam trucker hat, visor and sunshine skirt!

New Merch Alert!

New Visor

Sip of Sunshine Skirt


CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

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

The first half of June our taproom donations will be given to The Catamount Trail Association (CTA). The CTA maintains Vermont’s Catamount Trail and a world-class network of backcountry ski terrain. They work to conserve the mountain lands on which outdoor recreation depends, and run free programs introducing youth to cross country skiing, all in an effort to expand access to backcountry skiing to more Vermonters. The Mad River Valley Backcountry Coalition (MRVBC) is a local chapter of the CTA focused on creating managed backcountry ski zones and enhancing opportunities for wintertime recreation right here in the Mad River Valley.

Catamount Trail Association

The second half of June our taproom donations will go to Downstreet Residences 4 Recovery Initiative; a collective statewide effort, lead by Downstreet, to accelerate the development of supportive recovery housing in Vermont and to assist the thousands of individuals and families, and the dozens of communities suffering from the Substance Use Disorder crisis. All funds raised will support the cost of operational demand associated with developing and leading the Initiative.

Downstreet


JOIN OUR TEAM!

Are you passionate about the craft beer industry? We have two job openings!

Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY
Craft Beer Delivery Driver

Lawson's Finest Employees


SPECIAL EVENTS

Join us at the taproom on June 3rd from 5-7pm for a speciality cask featuring Maple Nipple and live music from Some Hollow.

Philly Beer Week! Sean Lawson and our Regional Sales Representative, John, will be attending to share some sunshine! Be sure to stop by and say hi!
Thursday 6/6
Lucky’s Last Chance Manayunk 5-8pm
Lucky’s Last Chance Queen Village 8-11pm
Friday 6/7
José Pistolas 12-3pm
Whole Foods on Pennsylvania Ave 5-7pm

Philly Beer Week

Saturday, June 8th join us at Sugarbush Resort for their 9th annual Brew-Grass Festival! We will be pouring Double Sunshine IPA, Scrag Mountain Pils, The Space In Between, and Super Session #8.

Sugarbush Brew-Grass Festival

The Brewers Retreat is an exclusive brewcation for beer lovers! Sean Lawson will be brewing a Maple Ale with participants. He is looking forward to sharing his tips and techniques on how to add maple syrup to the brewing process! The event is in beautiful Boothbay Harbor; June 9th-12th.

Brewers Retreat

Friday, June 14th stop by the White River Co-op and say hi to our Brand Ambassador, Chuck. He will be pouring liquid sunshine for you to sample!

White River Co-op

Join us at the taproom on June 17th from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music from Myra Flynn. Stayed tuned to find out what our special cask will be!

Myra Flynn

Saturday, June 22nd beer lovers are in for a treat with Green City! Lawson’s Finest Regional Sales Representative will be pouring Sip of Sunshine IPA, Double Sunshine IPA and The Space In Between. Green City has assembled a line-up of 70+ brewers from around the world to help celebrate all things hoppy, hazy, clear and carbonated. Also in attendance will be the New York Wrestling Connection. They will be hosting some of the world’s top professional wrestlers battling it out onsite while Casanova Valentine defends his Broccoli Belt Title.

Green City

Sunday, June 23rd join Niner Bikes from Fort Collins, CO at our taproom from 11am-5pm for a day of mountain bikes and après biking celebrations of summer in partnership with Mad River Riders! There will be a full fleet of Niner RDO demo bikes for you to throw a leg over and get to know in their hardtail and CVA Full Suspension platforms. Batch Bicycles will also be on site with kids bikes and cruisers as well for families who are attending. The boardwalk will be a great place to enjoy a ride with the family. We’ll also have a quadrant of the parking lot marked for riding, either for kids or riders checking their set up before heading to the trails. Mad River Riders will be providing guided group tours on our local bike trails. And don’t miss our retail store discount of 25% off Lawson’s Finest cycling jerseys!

Niner Bike Demo

Join us Friday, June 28th – Sunday, June 30th for this years NEMBAfest. NEMBAfest is the biggest Mountain Bike Festival on the East Coast! With over 90 vendors from across the bike industry, over 4000 attendees, over 100 miles of trails for all ability levels- the vibe and the setting is amazing. This is an exciting year as we have teamed up with the Kingdom Trails Association to collaborate on a brew exclusively for this festival!

NEMBAfest

Join us at the taproom on July 1st from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music from Fiddle Witch. We will announce our specialty cask closer to the event, stay tuned!

Fiddle Witch

The 71st year of the Warren 4th of July Parade will be filled with sunshine! Sean and Karen Lawson have been named this years Grand Marshalls and the Lawson’s Finest team will help them lead the parade in a vibrantly decked out float. Join us in celebrating our independence!

Warren 4th of July Parade

Friday, July 5th bring your dancing shoes and join the Lawson’s Finest Concert on the Mad River Green in Waitsfield from 6-8pm with live music from The Grift! We are so honored to sponsor our favorite local band for the community to enjoy!

The Grift

Lawson’s Finest is proud to be the Official Beer Sponsor of the world’s most beautiful marathon; the Mad Marathon! This years marathon will be held on Sunday, July 7th in Waitsfield.

The Mad Marathon


BEER DELIVERIES

We are eagerly anticipating the next Waitsfield brewed beer to enter distribution! Scrag Mountain Pils will begin entering the market at the end of June. 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. Give this crisp and refreshing pilsner a try and let us know what you think!

You can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Philadelphia.

Scrag Mountain Pils

Distribution expansion in New York and New Jersey!

Our Beers

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