December Beer News

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Press, Retail

December Beer News


Holiday Hours:

Closed Tuesday, December 25th for Christmas.
Closed Tuesday, January 1st for New Years Day.

Saturday and Sunday we are now open 11am – 7pm!

It’s been just over a month since we officially opened our new taproom, brewery and retail store in Waitsfield, VT!

For the first time in our 10 years of business we are excited to be able to offer twelve beer varieties of packaged beer at our retail store and fourteen beer varieties on draft in our taproom! Check out draft and retail availability here – updated daily!

Thank you to all who have filled our establishment with laughter and good times; we are looking forward to so many more.

We are so honored to announce that we are a recipient of the Brewbound Rising Star Award! Sean Lawson traveled to sunny Santa Monica, CA for the Brewbound LIVE conference to accept the award.

The Brewbound Awards acknowledge breweries for their execution of various business and philanthropic initiatives. As the craft beer world grows more competitive, and as more breweries open their doors, Brewbound has selected five rising stars from around the country who demonstrated a unique ability to thrive in a challenging climate and emerged as players to watch in the coming years. We are so thankful to be recognized alongside such a great group of breweries.

Congratulations to our fellow rising stars – Tree House Brewing, New Realm Brewing, Braxton Brewing Company and Fort Point Beer Company!

At our taproom we employ a “no tip” model as we have 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 gratuity, 100% will be donated to local charitable endeavors. We are so proud to have been able to donate to the Mad River Valley Food Shelf as our first recipient!

During the month of November our charitable donations have been given to the Mad River Valley Community Fund, which assists local families with housing, heat, transportation and other critical needs that may not be provided through various social service organizations; and also the Mad River Valley Senior Center, which provides activities and quality food for seniors including the Meals on Wheels program. Thank you to all of our guests who have contributed to our charitable giving program. Your kindness and contributions will go far!


We’d like to introduce you to Sugarhouse IPA! This is a special brew as it was inspired by the first recipe crafted in 2008 at our home-based nanobrewery in Warren, VT. This hop-forward American IPA celebrates the “Sugarhouse Brewery” that is now our wizard’s workshop for experiments and taproom-only specials. Since the opening of our new Waitsfield taproom and retail store this IPA has been a hit!

Our first original recipe to come out of our Waitsfield, VT brewery is officially released! Our golden ale, Above the Clouds is crisp, clear and an approachable light bodied brew. It features notes of straw and fresh grain along with a subtle citrusy hop aroma. You can find it on draft in our taproom and freshly packaged in our retail store.

Keep an eye on our website and social media accounts for other exciting December releases!

The holidays are upon us and we have the perfect merchandise for the beer lover in your life! Check out our online store for an assortment of Lawson’s Finest goodies. Make sure you place your order before December 17th for holiday delivery.


On Thursday, December 13th join Karen and Sean Lawson for an evening of great company and delicious food and beer at Simon Pearce! Last year’s dinner sold out, so call today to reserve your spot with Joanne Reichle at 802-295-1470 ext. 3321.

Also on December 13th you can find Lawson’s Finest Brand Ambassadors at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA for their 12 Brewers of Christmas event. It’s a special event where 12 breweries take over all 110 taps with proceeds donated to Toys for Tots! Silent auction and rare beers galore!

Friday, December 14th – 16th we’ll be at the first annual East Coast WinterWonderGrass festival hosted by Stratton Mountain Resort and The Green Mountains. The event is near charming Manchester, VT, which is surrounded by lodging, farm to table restaurants and picturesque Vermont culture. This three day event has an incredible musical set list that will not disappoint! Find out more information and buy tickets here!

Saturday, December 15th, you can find us at the BeerAdvocate IPA Fest in Boston, MA! The IPA Fest is a one day, two session event with a mission to explore and celebrate the diversity of a beer category that continues to attract more fans year after year: India Pale Ales. We’re excited to be alongside a group of outstanding breweries for an event that’s sold out!

We’re looking forward to another year celebrating with Worthy Kitchen for their Night Before Event on Wednesday, December 19th from 6:30pm-9:30pm! There will be silent and live auction items, food, beers and surprises. All proceeds will benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Come bid on great items from some of the country’s finest beer producers, as well as gear from some favorite local businesses.


Philadelphia, we are excited to announce that you can now find Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #2 distributed monthly throughout Philadelphia and surrounding counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh and Montgomery)! Thanks to our distributor Sarene Craft PA, accounts will be delivered cold, freshly packaged cans and draft. In celebration we are holding several Lawson’s Finest launch events in your area December 5th-7th. Come out and visit Sean Lawson and the Lawson’s Finest team!

Wednesday, December 5th:
Khyber Pass Pub | Starts at 4pm
Jose Pistolas | 5pm – 7pm

Thursday, December 6th:
Bottle Bar East | 5pm – 7pm
The Bards | 7pm – 9pm

Friday, December 7th:
Barrel House | 5pm – 8pm
Pitchers Pub | 6pm – 8pm

In addition to Philadelphia, during this month, you can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and New York.

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