Maple Nipple History and Distribution!

Posted on Jan 3, 2019 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Press

Maple Nipple History and Distribution!

The Maple Nipple was born even before Lawson’s Finest Liquids – as a homebrew recipe! Sean Lawson and LFL Brand Ambassador Chuck Derrick frequently brewed together with other local homebrewers.

In the early 2000’s, during sugaring season, they sought to make a beer with maple syrup. Browsing the recipes in a book at the Vermont Homebrew Supply in Winooski, VT, Sean and Chuck encountered a brew called the “Bishop’s Tipple” – an English amber ale made with brown sugar and molasses.

They decided to replace the sugar and molasses with maple syrup and brewed the first iteration of this beer at Chuck’s sugarhouse in Fayston, VT, while the sap was boiled into maple syrup in the early spring! The beer is named for Vermont’s state tree and the sweet nectar that it provides.

Each summer for nearly 20 years, Chuck hosted a well-attended annual homebrew party each summer with live music, camping and a variety of homebrewed beers and handmade posters to accompany each. Our Maple Nipple label draws inspiration from the both the recipe and the original poster featuring the name of this beer.

For the past 8 years Lawson’s Finest Liquids has relied on Purinton Maple and Tree Farms in Huntington, Vermont to provide the maple syrup for this delicious Amber Ale and other maple brews.

This business has been family run for 41 years and their techniques reflect the old fashioned ways of producing maple syrup. Peter Purinton has been producing maple syrup for over 50 years and finds that his wood-fired process gives his syrup a richer flavor. The Purinton’s are so passionate about their maple syrup and it shows in their product!

Purinton Maple and Tree Farms is nestled in between the picturesque mountains and it won’t take long for their adorable pups to come say hi! They love to create products with their syrup such as candy, lollipops, cotton candy and much more, so be sure to check out their shop.

A visit to their farm is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Maple Nipple Distribution!

Now for the news we are so excited to announce! Maple Nipple is being distributed in the larger market!

Be on the lookout at your favorite local accounts (draft and cans) over the next couple of weeks! Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Philadelphia – the Vermont maple goodness is coming your way!

This amber ale has been a hit since our taproom opened in October! Plus, it’s a great brew to cook with. Pick up a four pack, or more and let us know what you think! This is a limited release, so be sure to try some while you can. It won’t last long! 

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