September Beer News

Posted on Sep 1, 2019 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Our Beer, Our Events, SIPtemberfest

September Beer News


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 held on Fridays at 5pm, Saturdays at 1pm and 5pm and Sundays at 1pm. Reserve tickets ahead of time. There is a 10 person limit per tour.

Lawson's Finest Brewery

Lawson's Finest Brewery


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.


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


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: Maplezilla (Maple Nipple and Hopzilla blend)


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!



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


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

Retail Shop


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

Marketing Director
Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY

Lawson's Finest Employees


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!

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.


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


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

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