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Join Our Team!

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Join Our Team!

WE’RE HIRING!

Lawson’s Finest is looking for highly qualified people to join our team! We’re currently hiring for a Brewery Operations Director, Finance & Administration Director, and Sales & Distribution Manager. The Lawson’s Finest job portal allows you to browse current and future openings. If you are honest, hard working and extremely skilled – we want to hear from you! All positions are based in Waitsfield Vermont, and will be instrumental in expanding our leadership team and helping us kick off our next chapter of the new Lawson’s Finest Brewery, Taproom, and Retail Store.

January Beer News

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January Beer News

WE’RE HIRING!

Lawson’s Finest is looking for highly qualified people to join our team! We’re currently hiring for a Brewery Operations Director, Finance & Administration Director, and Sales & Distribution Manager. The Lawson’s Finest job portal allows you to browse current and future openings. If you are honest, hard working and extremely skilled – we want to hear from you! All positions are based in Waitsfield Vermont, and will be instrumental in expanding our leadership team and helping us kick off our next chapter of the new Lawson’s Finest Brewery, Taproom, and Retail Store.

BEER DELIVERIES

Beginning Thursday January 4th, you will enjoy Peril Imperial IPA (bottles and draft) which has a menacing hop character and dangerously smooth flavor, achieved by copious dry hopping and cold conditioning. Please enjoy responsibly… at your own Peril! Bottles will be available 1/4 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 1/5 at Beverage Warehouse, and 1/9 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury.

Starting Thursday January 25th, we will be releasing one of our first new beers of 2018! Opaque IPA is a hazy and super juicy hop bomb brewed with Simcoe and Ekuanot hops using both lupulin pellets and powder. Bottles will be available 1/25 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 1/26 at Beverage Warehouse, and 1/30 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury.

During this month, you can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) around Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York.

We’re also pleased to announce limited distribution in Rhode Island through our existing partner Atlantic Beverage Distributors! They have a fantastic website to help you quench your Lawson’s Finest thirst for Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 in MA or RI!

SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday January 13th we are proud to help raise funds for the Hartford CT Polish National Home at the Extreme Pint Fest! Lawson’s Finest plans to pour Peril IPA and Double Sunshine IPA. Come enjoy a ballroom filled with epic beer, great food and one of the area’s very best bands…along with some amazing people!

Saturday January 27th we will be participating in the 6th Annual Rhode Island Brewfest to celebrate our RI launch! Lawson’s Finest plans to pour Peril IPA, Opaque IPA, Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8. The event is sold out, and we look forward to talking to you in person!

Wednesday January 31st at 7pm, join Brewer and Naturalist Sean Lawson at Mad River Glen for a full moon snowshoe hike and beer dinner. This is a rare chance to get up close and personal with Sean to pick his brain about wildlife and beer – what a pair! Tickets are limited so purchase yours now! Lawson’s Finest plans to pour Peril IPA, Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8.

Construction Update – Despite the cold temperatures, we’ve had lots of progress! The Taproom and Retail Store building walls are enclosed, and we will be pouring concrete and installing radiant floors and beginning interior finishing. The Brewery building will get a new floor slab, trench drains and installation of electrical, mechanical and plumbing utilities.

December Beer News

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December Beer News

We have been all-consumed with building the new Lawson’s Finest Brewery, Taproom & Retail Store! As you can see in the attached photo (and time lapse video!), the Taproom timber frame was erected on site. Mad River Post & Beam has created a truly stunning work of art!

BEER DELIVERIES

UPDATE 12/13/17 – All good things take time! Peril IPA is still bubbling away and it can’t be rushed due to its copious dry hopping and cold conditioning. We are planning for the Peril IPA release in January – make sure to read the January Beer News for distribution information!

Due to our jam packed schedules devoted to the progress of our new Waitsfield location, Sean’s brew schedule is slimmer than usual. Sean did, however, brew a beer he knew you’d go wild over just in time for the holidays! Peril Imperial IPA has a menacing hop character and dangerously smooth flavor, achieved by copious dry hopping and cold conditioning. Please enjoy responsibly… at your own Peril! Bottles and draft will be released beginning December 21st. Bottles will be available 12/21 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 12/22 at Beverage Warehouse, and 12/26 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury.

During this month, you can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) around Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, select Maine counties (Cumberland, York, Penobscot, Hancock), and New York.

SPECIAL EVENTS

On Thursday December 21st please join us at Worthy Kitchen’s annual “Night Before the Night“. This is the 6th year of fund raising for the Vermont Foodbank. Participants are bound to experience the best draft list around, paired with amazing food. Lawson’s Finest plans to bring Double Sunshine IPA, Carrier Mild Coffee Ale, Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8. There will be a great selection of silent auction items for that last minute gift (including a case of Double Sunshine IPA!). Get your tickets now as they are limited.

On Tuesday December 26th Two Roads Brewing in Stratford CT will be hosting Sean Lawson at a Meet the Brewer event from 12-3pm! Sean traveled to Two Roads in early December to brew a collaboration beer that will be featured only at this event. It’s your one chance to taste Typecast, a Farmhouse IPA heavily dry hopped using ingredients from both CT and VT. The beer will feature VT white cedar and CT balsam fir tips in the boil and dry hopped with CT grown Wye Challenger and Cascade hops as well as VT grown Centennial hops. 

The holiday season is here! Whether you put Lawson’s Finest merchandise on your own wish list, or purchase it for a special beer lover in your life, don’t delay! Please allow ample time for shipping, as our online store will be closed December 22-28. We have two great ideas for you: 1) Shop our Store to show your Lawson’s Finest pride by purchasing apparel, glassware, and our sunshine products; and 2) Sip of Sunshine Parlor SkisGreat beer and skiing are a match made in heaven. 10% of all Sip ski sales will go to the Stark Mountain Foundation at Mad River Glen ski area. 

 

November Beer News

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November Beer News

BEER DELIVERIES

Back by popular demand – Double Sunshine IPA! This American Double India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit flavors and bright herbal aromas, thanks to the abundance of US-grown hops. Bottles and draft will be released beginning November 20th, just in time to enjoy with your family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. Bottles will be available 11/21 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, 11/22 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 11/24 at Beverage Warehouse.

We’ll be hosting a special bottle sale of Double Sunshine IPA and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout on Saturday November 25th! See below for details!

During this month, you’ll find fresh batches of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) around Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, select Maine counties (Cumberland, York, Penobscot, Hancock), and New York City. Also, we are rolling out new areas in New York to cover the Hudson Valley, the Capital Region and Long Island through our existing NY partner, Sarene Craft Beer Distributors. Additionally, we will be launching Central and Western NY throughout Distributor TJ Sheehan’s entire footprint, including Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo! In Vermont, we continue to add new accounts and locations using our small trucking fleet and are doing our best to stretch our routes in order to serve thirsty fans who are not yet within our territory!

SPECIAL EVENTS

On Sunday November 5th, we’re proud to participate in The Mad Taco’s and Mehuron’s benefit for Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos islands. From 12-6pm in Waitsfield you can enjoy live music, food buffet, Lawson’s Finest beer, and a silent auction to raise funds for the tornado victims. We will be serving up Carrier Mild coffee ale, Hopcelot IPA, Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8.

On Thursday, November 9th from 7-11pm, Ski The East Presents Lawson’s In Boston Benefiting The High Fives Foundation at Game On! Fenway. One night only at Game On! Fenway – Stein Hoisting, Beer Mugs and other fun games, hosted by Ski The East.

On Friday November 17th, Simon Pearce hosts a Lawson’s Finest beer dinner featuring Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, Double Sunshine IPA, Super Session #8 and Sip of Sunshine IPA. Limited tickets available. To reserve please call 802- 295- 3655 or email [email protected].com. Quechee Vermont is a lovely place to enjoy amazing food and beer, and we hope to meet you there!

On Saturday November 25th, we celebrate Small Business Saturday on Bridge Street in Waitsfield by hosting a special bottle sale of Double Sunshine IPA and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (FMIS), and cans of Super Session #8 and Sip of Sunshine IPA. Sale is expected to run from 12-3pm. Limit one case each of Super Session #8 and Sip of Sunshine IPA, 1 bottle of FMIS and 4 bottles of Double Sunshine IPA.

We are offering a limited number of online tickets to guarantee your bottle purchase. In person beer sales will also be available the day of the bottle sale only for people who did not purchase an advanced ticket.

UPDATE 11.3.17 – ADVANCED TICKET SALES ARE SOLD OUT. Advanced tickets can be purchased here. Your ticket price includes 4 bottles of Double Sunshine and 1 bottle of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout in a souvenir bottle bag. You will also have the opportunity to purchase up to one case each (at special pricing!) of Super Session #8 ($10/6 pack; $40 case) and Sip of Sunshine IPA ($12/4 pack; $72 case). CASH SALES ONLY!!! LIMIT ONE TICKET PER PERSON (you may purchase up to two tickets for yourself and a second person), age 21+.

In person sales will also be available for people who have not purchased an advanced ticket.  Beginning 11am on Bridge Street, we will hand out numbered tickets to secure a time frame for your purchase. We have plenty of Double Sunshine IPA available for in person sales ($10 per bottle, limit 4). Fayston Maple Imperial Stout will be available on a first come first served basis for in person sales (1 bottle per person, $15).

Bridge Street merchants will be open for customers to purchase unique gifts. Our Small Business Saturday beer sale is also a benefit for the Central Vermont Region Sled Hockey Team to raise funds to expand their program to reach athletes of all abilities. Team members will be at Village Grocery selling hot dog and hamburgers.

The holiday season is upon us! Whether you put our schwag on your own wish list, or purchase it for a special beer lover in your life, don’t delay! Please allow ample time for shipping. We have two great ideas for you: 1) Shop our Store to show your Lawson’s Finest pride by purchasing apparel, glassware, and our sunshine products; and 2) Sip of Sunshine Parlor SkisGreat beer and skiing are a match made in heaven. 10% of all Sip ski sales will go to the Stark Mountain Foundation at Mad River Glen ski area. 

Construction Update: Work is progressing on schedule in Waitsfield for Lawson’s Finest new taproom and retail store – what more could we ask for? The taproom walls are poured and the timber frame will be erected this month by Mad River Post and Beam!

October Beer News

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October Beer News

BEER DELIVERIES

Hopcelot IPA will be available starting October 12th (bottles and draft). Inspired by a dreamy combination of music, hops and beer. Celebrate with us as we revel in the glory of eight varieties of hops from around the world, brewed to create intricate layers of flavor and to delight your senses! Bottles will be available 10/12 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 10/13 at Beverage Warehouse, and 10/17 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury.

Beginning 10/26, fan favorite Fayston Maple Imperial Stout will be available in bottles and draft. This seasonal specialty is brewed with organic pale malt and almost two gallons of VT maple syrup per barrel. This brew is a huge, rich, and strong stout with a maple twist and is deceivingly drinkable. Designed to keep you warm on cool nights and for sipping with a fine meal or dessert. Bottles will be available 10/26 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 10/27 at Beverage Warehouse, and 10/31 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury.

During this month, you’ll find fresh batches of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) around the states of Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York City. In early October, there is also a fresh delivery in the Portland Maine area.

We get asked regularly, “What’s the story with the Super Session numbers?” When we recently switched from #2 to #8, folks asked “what happened to #3, 4, 5, 6, 7?” Our Super Session beer is a series of single-hop Session IPA’s that began in 2014 on our 7bbl brewery in Warren, VT.  Super Session #1 was brewed with Citra hops and Sean quickly followed with other numbers, each featuring a single hop, including Amarillo, Cascade, Sorachi Ace, Galaxy, and more! The beer features the same malt base and specialty malts, as well as alcohol level, in each incarnation of Super Session. The versions brewed with Amarillo (#2) and Mosaic (#8) were our in-house favorites, as well as being stand-outs with our fans of our small batch Warren brewed beers, so these are the first two in our series. As we progress, we hope to launch two new versions of Super Session in 2018 that will rotate on a periodic basis. Let’s give you a sneak peak and say that there might be a Session in your future that features Idaho 7 hops…can you guess what number?

SPECIAL EVENTS

Lawson’s Finest is honored to co-host (along with Melvin Brewing and Falling Rock Tap House) the All-Star IPA Throwdown on October 4th in Denver Colorado. All the beers you’ve always wanted under one roof with some of your favorite people. We’re showcasing cutting edge breweries from East Coast and West Coast and their best IPAs, some of which were brewed exclusively for this epic throwdown. Last year’s East vs West event sold out and was the largest event Falling Rock has ever seen – and the Lawson’s Finest keg was the first to kick!

Construction Update: We are well underway with construction of the front building, having demolished the old structure (see below photo) and pouring a new building foundation at 155 Carroll Road for Lawson’s Finest new taproom and retail store. Under a plan approved by the State of Vermont, more than 85% of the building materials will be recycled or repurposed for other uses. The brewery will be located in the existing rear warehouse building. We are pleased to be working with GEA on the brewery design and equipment, and Sprinkman on the fermenters and brite tanks. We expect to open our new location in autumn of 2018. Even after opening our Waitsfield brewery, we will continue to produce Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session at Two Roads Brewing for distribution to the Northeast.

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