Beer Garden and Retail Store Updates
We will be winding down our seasonal outdoor beer garden service on Sunday, November 1st, as we shift our focus to offering our delicious beer and taproom food items in an updated to-go model. This includes an enhanced online ordering experience for beer, food and merchandise, along with the convenience of drive-thru pick up.
We will be debuting a special menu with hearty food options, launching a new online ordering system with added capabilities, and increasing our selection of online apparel and merchandise for holiday shopping.
We will operate our drive thru to-go model seven days a week to provide fresh and delicious beer along with tasty fare perfect for pairing with your memorable experiences, whether it’s after a day of hiking in the beautiful mountains or alongside a movie night at home.
We will continue to assess our operations and the environment around us over the coming months in order to make the most informed decisions in the interest of the health and safety of our staff, guests and community. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your support of our seasonal beer garden and drive-thru retail store, and look forward to serving you soon!
Hours Beginning November 1st:
Sunday – Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-8pm
Please note we will be open on Wednesday, November 11th (Veterans Day) and closed on Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving).
We are offering 20% off purchases at our drive-thru retail store to active and former military on Veterans Day (Wednesday, November 11th). Thank you for your service!
Bringing together your favorite local foods with your favorite local brews, Good Eats CSA is now available for pickup at Lawson’s Finest Liquids! Good Eats offers three bountiful vegetable shares that will bring you fresh greens, roots, and herbs all winter long. Their fall storage crops and greenhouse growing will fill your kitchen with vegetables while local farmers and makers provide cheeses, eggs, meats, flours, and much more to round out your meals each week. You can find more information and sign up on their website.
Lawson’s Finest Strava Club
Through November 15th, fans will have the opportunity to track their miles and enter to win prizes, including custom Little Sip IPA coolers and other weekly swag bags! Whatever your outdoor activity of choice, if you like to bike, run, walk, or hike to achieve your fitness goal, you can track your progress weekly in the Lawson’s Finest Liquids Strava Club. Specialty challenges will be added to the Lawson’s Finest social media accounts regularly, including some staff favorite routes!
In addition to helping fans stay social while maintaining physical distancing with their Strava Club, Lawson’s Finest Liquids will also be raising funds to support select Vermont organizations that share in our commitment to thriving communities where people take good care of each other, protect and enjoy the natural world, and bring more fun to life, which is the foundation of our Social Impact Program (SIP). All donations made to the Nature Conservancy of Vermont, Mad River Riders or Kelly Brush Foundation by Lawson’s Finest Liquids Strava Club participants during the promotional period will be matched dollar for dollar by Lawson’s Finest Liquids.
In early November, we’ll welcome the return of Homestead Haze, our 100% Vermont-grown IPA. Brewed with malted barley and wheat from Peterson Quality Malt and Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook varieties from Homestead Hops, this limited edition 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.
In the middle of the month, we’ll debut our latest collaboration brew, Maple Brown Ale Aged in WhistlePig Rye Whiskey Barrels. Brewed in collaboration with WhistlePig Rye Whiskey of Shoreham, VT for an experimental spirits project, this special beer is made with Vermont maple syrup from Purinton Maple Farm of Huntington, VT.
We’ll round out the month of November with the annual release of Maple Tripple, a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Enticing, rich and complex, this creation defies easy description. Our ‘once-a-year beer’ is brewed only during sugaring season with 100% maple sap from our local friends in VT. No water added! Just barley, hops, and ale yeast.
In 2010 the Maple Tripple received a World Beer Cup® Bronze Medal for the Specialty Beer category. The 2012 Maple Tripple received a World Beer Cup® Silver Medal in the same category, and the 2014 Maple Tripple received a Silver Medal!
2020 Hop Selection
The 2020 hop selection is underway! When this time of year rolls around we are always excited to sit down and evaluate what crop of hops we will be brewing with next year. We analyze based on lab results and quantitative measures such as appearance, aroma, friability, and much more. Thank you to our growers Yakima Chief and Crosby Hops!
Social Impact Program (SIP)
Lawson’s Finest is proud to support Hannah’s House in Waitsfield, VT as our November Sunshine Fund recipient. They will use the donation in these three following ways:
Hannah’s House is partnering with local libraries to offer a book study and free online screenings around timely topics such as anxiety, coping with stress related to COVID-19 and screen addiction. Funds will assist in purchasing the books for the study attendees and for the licensing costs associated with the documentary screening. Secondly, donations will provide subsidies for the “Hannah’s House Youth Resilience Outreach Project” which encourages youth to access enrichment opportunities that foster resiliency and connections in a physically distanced way. Research shows that strong relationships, developing a sense of belonging and life purpose along with being in a safe and supportive community environment are all factors that build resiliency in youth. Lastly, donations will provide direct financial aid for therapy sessions to families, youth and all ages in the community, primarily for the uninsured and under-insured.
We are also honored to be taking part in this year’s Fete for Crohn’s & Colitis, hosted by the New England Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, with a stay at the Lawson’s Finest Airbnb in Warren, VT being raffled to raise funds for this worthy cause. For the safety and well-being of the IBD community, the Fete for Crohn’s & Colitis will be reimagined to an in-home experience this year. While the event will look different, the organization’s goals remain the same: to create a meaningful evening for guests, recognize our incredible honorees, and raise vital funds for their mission to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.
Have you heard the news? This month we have not one, but two Waitsfield specialty brews making their way to stores near you in our 9-state distribution territory of VT, NH, ME, MA, CT, RI, NJ, NY and PA. In early November, our beloved Fayston Maple Imperial Stout will hit store shelves. Brewed with loads of roasted and black malts and a hefty dose of Vermont maple syrup, this rich and complex beer is perfect for sipping or pairing with chocolate or dessert.
Chinooker’d, our traditional American IPA recipe which is chock-full of Chinook hops bursting with pine and citrus aromas, will be available beginning in mid-November.
And as always, you can find the freshest deliveries of Sip of Sunshine and Super Session Series (currently Super Session #2) year-round. You can now easily find out where Lawson’s Finest beers are stocked near you with our handy Beer Finder – give it a try!
Join us on Wednesday, November 18th for another Facebook Live virtual tasting with Sean Lawson! We’ll be sampling our winter favorite, Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, and sharing some of our favorite food pairings to go along with it. In case you missed the last virtual tasting with Sean, check it out here.
Just in time for the holidays, we are now offering Lawson’s Finest grab bags in our online retail store! Packed with an assortment of Lawson’s Finest goodies and available in unisex, men’s and women’s varieties, they’re the perfect gift for the Lawson’s Finest fan in your life.
We recommend holiday orders be placed by Sunday, December 13th. While we strive to get orders out within one to two days of receipt, we have no control over delivery times once the orders have shipped – especially during the busy holiday season. We’ll continue to process orders placed after 12/13 as quickly as possible to get them on their way to you!
Join Our Team!
We’re hiring! Are you or someone you know passionate about the craft beer industry? We currently have four job openings!