February Beer News

Posted on Feb 1, 2019 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Retail

February Beer News


February is an exciting month at Lawson’s Finest Liquids. It’s the official release of our limited specialty brew, Fayston Maple Chocolate Tart Cherry Imperial Stout. Brewed with loads of dark malts and a hefty dose of maple syrup, then fermented with Montmorency tart cherry juice and cacao, this rich and decadent stout features notes of dark fruit and chocolate.

Our original four head HDP bottle filler was delivered from Warren to our Waitsfield brewery to bring these bottles to life! These bottles are a retail only special with draft available in the taproom. There will be a limit of one case per person. If you’re looking to get your hands on some, be sure to plan a trip to Waitsfield, VT soon!

The end of January we debuted our very first Lawson’s Finest Porter! The delicious Stony Hill Smoked Porter (5.4% abv) features a dry finish, subtle smokiness, and notes of chocolate and caramel. Carefully crafted by Sean and our team (kudos to Andrew for the recipe!) on the original 7bbl brewery at the Wizard’s Workshop in Warren, VT. This taproom only draft special is the first in our series of 2019 special releases from the Warren brewery!

We had a special guest appearance at the Warren brewery from Big Spruce Brewing of Nova Scotia. Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Big Spruce Brewing joined forces to create a special collaboration brew for the Vermont Brewers Festival in Killington on March 23rd. MC Amalgamation Brett IPA (7.4%) is brewed with a base of pale malt, wheat and oats and fermented with a special blend of brettanomyces wild yeast strains.

Grab tickets for the opportunity to taste our Vermont Brewers Festival exclusive collaboration beer!

We are honored to be named amongst the best 100 brewers in the world!

Be sure to check our online retail store or stop by if you’re in the area to check out the new Lawson’s Finest merchandise that has arrived! Back in stock are two of our most popular items, our Double Sunshine T-shirt and our Lawson’s Finest 5 Panel Hat. Grab them while supplies last!

Charitable Giving Program

Lawson’s Finest has 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.

During the first half of February we will be donating to Hannah’s House in Waitsfield, VT. Donations to Hannah’s House help assure local access to mental health services, information and quality licensed psychotherapy regardless of one’s ability to pay. In its ninth year, this community supported, non-profit organization has helped to address the stigma and overcome the barriers that keep those underserved from receiving the therapy services they need. Hannah’s House is especially dedicated to providing services to children, youth and their families. Our donation will go towards financial assistance, prevention programming and education events, and easily accessible quality licensed therapy services both in the schools and the community.

The second half of the month we will be donating to Capstone Community Action whose mission is to provide comprehensive services to help people achieve economic well-being with dignity and develops partnerships to strengthen local communities. The donations will go towards their Fuel Your Neighbors campaign providing emergency food and heating assistance to central Vermonters in need this winter.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids has an opening for a Building and Grounds Maintenance Technician. Check out the application portal link, we look forward to seeing your resume!

The Mad River Food Hub is hiring a Driver SupervisorTo apply please email your resume and references to [email protected].


February 2nd you can find the Lawson’s Finest Brand Ambassador at this year’s CNY Brewfest. The longest running brewfest in Central New York is coming back for the 23rd year and we are excited to be part of it!

Join us at the taproom on February 4th from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music! Our specialty cask will feature Chinooker’d IPA with Tangerine accompanied by live music from Chicky and The Swells featuring Chicky Stoltz, Brendan Gilhuly and Chuck Gaidys.

Thursday, February 7th Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be sponsoring the 2019 Snow Ball to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. All proceeds from the event this year will go directly toward the organization’s new adaptive sports facility at Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort, with anticipated groundbreaking this Spring, 2019. It will be an evening of great beer and incredible live music from The Grift! You can expect to find Knockout Blonde and Chinooker’d IPA on draft. You can purchase tickets here!

Thursday, February 7th join the Lawson’s Finest Brand Ambassador for the 3rd Annual Brattleboro Luv Crawl! A pub crawl with a twist. Grab someone you LUV and sip and taste the night away! All the while you walk shop to shop in Downtown Brattleboro, giving LUV to local shops and makers by finding a unique gift for someone you LUV!

Thursday, February 14th we will be returning for another year hosting a Beer Dinner at Allyn’s Lodge at Sugarbush. Ride the Cabin Cat or skin to the lodge and enjoy a fresh meal coupled with local beers from Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Following the dinner, guests have the option to ski down under the moonlight taking in the commanding views, or ride in the cat back to the base. The event is sold out, but you can call Amber Broadaway at 802-583-6382 to be added to the waitlist.

Friday, February 15th we will be joining Stratton Mountain for a Pairing Dinner. Enjoy a four course meal created by Stratton’s team of chef’s inspired by four beer offerings. Get the inside scoop on the delicious meal from the Stratton chef, and details on the brews from a Lawson’s Finest brewery expert!

Join us at the taproom on February 18th from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music! Our specialty cask will feature Maple Nipple infused with Vanilla Bean and Cinnamon accompanied by incredible, local jazz music from Jeremy Hill and Bruce Sklar.

A March event you should keep on your radar is the Winterbike Fatbike Festival 2019 on March 2nd. Mountain Bike Vermont and Kingdom Trails have partnered once again for the 8th annual WinterBike Fatbike Festival. The year brings the largest Winterbike yet: more pedaling people, more groomed trails, more festivities, more fun! Grab your tickets before they sell out!


Our Maple Nipple distribution throughout January was a hit and now we’re on to making March a little more green! Be on the lookout for Chinooker’d IPA at your favorite local accounts (draft and cans) for the month of March! We are excited to be able to offer some of our specialty Waitsfield, VT beers throughout New England. In addition you can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (draft and cans) throughout Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Philadelphia.

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