July Beer News

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Press, Retail, Special Events

July Beer News


This August we are unveiling new packaging for Sip of Sunshine and our Super Session IPA Series! It is the same great beer you have come to love, with a refreshed, updated design to match the exceptional quality of the liquids in the can and to align with the beautiful labels and branding of our Waitsfield, VT beers.

Sip of Sunshine Packaging

Super Session IPA Series

Kingdom Trails IPA (6.2% abv) is pale yellow in color, soft and refreshing on the palate with a mild bitterness and an intensely fruit forward and floral nose. The Kingdom Trail Association joined Sean Lawson in Warren, VT to collaborate in the brewing process as well as selecting the hops used. The proceeds benefit both NEMBA and the Kingdom Trail Association. We have limited draft available at our taproom, stop by and give it a try!

Kingdom Trails IPA

Sean has been busy at the original brewery in Warren, VT and one of the anticipated releases is the Bit O’ Balsam IPA. A collaboration with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies to benefit the Mountain Birdwatch; a citizen science program to enhance the conservation of the endangered, high-elevation nesting Bicknell’s Thrush. It’s brewed and “dry-tipped” with Balsam Fir and comes in at 6.5% abv. It will be available in 22oz bottles in our retail store and on draft at our taproom in late July. Stay tuned for the release date!

Bicknell Thrush

Vermont Center for Ecostudies

Mark your calendars for our special August beer release! We are running a limited Waitsfield, VT brewed batch of The Space In Between with blood orange! The Space In Between (5% abv) is a hazy ale with a hint of tartness, brewed with oats and wheat and dry-hopped with Nelson and Galaxy varieties. It will be available on draft in our taproom and packaged cans to go from our retail store.

The Space In Between with Blood Orange

Looking for great summer beers that are low in calories per serving? Check out our Scrag Mountain Pils that comes in at 138 calories, Super Session #8 140 calories, App Gap Saison 142 calories and The Space in Between 150 calories! Make sure you bring some on your next adventure!

In case you missed the exciting news we shared in June, we have expanded our distribution into New Jersey and Upstate, NY! Distribution will begin sometime in July, so keep an eye out for Lawson’s Finest Liquids at your favorite local accounts. For more details, read our press release.

New Jersey Distribution

Lawson’s Finest Cornhole Tournament Series!
Cornhole and some good ol’ fashioned competition go hand in hand. Beginning Thursday, July 18th from 4:30-7pm we will hold the first of our weekly cornhole tournaments. The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Lawson’s Finest Liquids! Stop by the taproom for delicious beverages, light fare and fun every Thursday evening!


During the build of our brewery, taproom and retail store in Waitsfield, VT we worked closely with Efficiency Vermont to ensure we were being as mindful as possible. We are proud to be included in the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Green Brewery Cohort. You can read more here!

Lawson's Finest Liquids


Check out our online shop or retail store in Waitsfield, VT for new Lawson’s Finest merchandise! We’ve recently added some new items.

Lawson’s Finest Cooler
Lawson’s Finest Insulated Tote Bag
Lawson’s Finest Klean Kanteen Tumbler
Lawson’s Finest Ecovessel
Lawson’s Finest Space In Between Headband
Lawson’s Finest Space In Between Skirt

New Merch

New Merch Alert


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.

July 1st-15th the donations will be given to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice – Their personal care attendant and homemaking support long-term care program extends beyond the traditional medical sphere. They provide companionship and help with activities of daily living (light housekeeping, cooking, laundry, and bathing and dressing) to central Vermonters who, without the support, would very likely have needed to leave their homes and move to a facility or nursing home. Caring for people in their homes is cost effective, a fraction of an inpatient hospital stay and about half the cost to care for a person in a nursing home. Perhaps more important, by providing one-on-one support, education, and high-quality care in a setting where we know people want to be, they give central Vermonters the tools to manage their conditions and maintain their independence. 


July 16th-31st the taproom donations will be given to Downstreet Housing & Community Development – Downstreet strengthens the communities of Central Vermont by engaging with people, providing affordable homes, and connecting people to the resources and services they need to thrive. Donated funds will support the Residences 4 Recovery Initiative which is a collective statewide effort, lead by Downstreet, to accelerate the development of supportive recovery housing in Vermont to assist the thousands of individuals and families, and the dozens of communities suffering from the Substance Use Disorder crisis. 

Downstreet Housing & Community Development


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

Marketing Director
Regional Sales Representative – CT/NY
Craft Beer Delivery Driver

Lawson's Finest Employees


We are looking forward to hosting an array of incredibly talented musicians and plenty of sunny days to enjoy it at outside at our beer garden!

Music Lineup

Join us at the taproom on July 1st from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music from Fiddle Witch. Our special cask will feature Scrag Mountain Pils infused with lime and sea salt.

Scrag Moutain Pils with lime and sea salt

The 71st year of the Warren 4th of July Parade will be filled with sunshine! Lawson’s Finest team will lead the parade with Sean and Karen Lawson as this years Grand Marshals. Join us in celebrating our independence! If you are in the Mad River Valley we hope to see you there. (Please note our taproom will be closed 7/4.)

Friday, July 5th join the Lawson’s Finest Concert on the Mad River Green in Waitsfield from 6-9pm with live music from The Grift! We are so honored to sponsor our favorite local band for the community to enjoy!

The Grift

Lawson’s Finest is proud to be the Official Beer Sponsor of the world’s most beautiful marathon; the Mad Marathon! This years marathon will be held on Sunday, July 7th in Waitsfield.

The Mad Marathon

Bring your dancing shoes and join us at the taproom on Monday, July 8th from 5-7pm to enjoy live music from Troy Millette!

Troy Millette

In addition to live music and great beer, Bear North Festival is having a pop up ticket sale at our taproom from 4-7pm on Monday, July 8th. Stop by to get discounted tickets for this years must-go-to festival at Sugarbush!

Bear North Festival

Peter Havens is hosting a beer dinner on Monday, July 8th. The talented staff has created a delicious dinner menu!

Course 1:
Scrag Mountain Pils
Couscous Salad with Corn, Mint, Lime

Course 2:
Super Session #8
Lobster “Canneloni” – Lobster wrapped in thinly sliced mango with goat cheese served in a butter lettuce cup

Course 3:
App Gap Saison
Fried Fish and Pommes Frites with Tropical Tamarind Ketchup and spicy tartar sauce

Course 4:
Sip of Sunshine
Pulled Pork Slider with Pineapple Coconut Coleslaw

Course 5:
Maple Nipple
Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Churro with Blueberry Compote and Sweet Cream Ice Cream

Peter Havens

Tuesday, July 9th our Brand Ambassador will be holding a tasting at the Stowe Country Club from 2-6pm. We will be serving Sip of Sunshine, Super Session #8, and Scrag Mountain Pils.

Stowe Country Club

Join us at the taproom on July 15th from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music from Phineas Gage. Our specialty cask will feature Knockout Blonde infused with strawberry and rhubarb.

You can find our Brand Ambassador at the Beverage Warehouse on Wednesday, July 17th for a tasting. Stop by to sample Lawson’s Finest Liquids!

Beverage Warehouse

We are looking forward to this years Vermont Brewers Festival July 19th-20th. Mascara Mountain Brut IPA is making its debut as a festival-only exclusive. Brett Seymour, of Collaborative Brewing Company, joined Sean Lawson at our Warren brewery to create this special beer. Mascara Mountain is a super dry, light and crisp IPA that features a fruity effervescence. Brewed with Sabro hops and comes in at 6.7% abv. In addition to Mascara Mountain we will have our Berliner Weiss Style Ale, Scrag Mountain Pils, MC Amalgamation Brett IPA (a collaboration with Big Spruce Brewing), Double Sunshine IPA with Ruby Red Grapefruit, Homestead Haze – Vermont Grown IPA, Peril Imperial IPA and Fayston Maple Chocolate Tart Cherry. Get your tickets now!

VBA Burlington Festival

Mascara Mountain Brut IPA

A celebration of Pilsner & Love. Join us on Saturday, July 20th for Pils & Love 2019 featuring 60+ of the world’s best pilsners and a whole lot of love.

Pils & Love 2019

Monday, July 22nd we welcome Jeremy Hill, Bruce and Nina Sklar for our Monday Night Music Series from 5-7pm. Come enjoy a relaxing Monday evening with local jazz music.

Sklarkestra featuring Nina Sklar

We’ll be pouring at the 6th annual Beveridge Summer Fest on Saturday, July 27th from 12-4pm. Sample amazing brews from some New England breweries while listening to the tunes from Copilot. There will be corn hole, beer pong and other fun games to play at the base of Wolfeboro’s Abenaki Ski Hill. Food vendors will fill your tummies with their tasty goods. Bring a lawn chair if you like and enjoy a day of amazing beer, cider, and music! Get tickets while they’re still available!

2019 Beveridge Festival

Monday, July 29th we are looking forward to hosting Erin Cassels-Brown for our Monday Night Music Series. He will be filling our taproom with tunes from 5-7pm!

Erin Cassels-Brown Music

August 2nd and 3rd, join us on the slopes of Sugarbush North (Mt. Ellen) in Fayston, Vermont for a weekend of art, music, beer, food, camping, community and more. Purchase your tickets now!

Bear North Festival

Saturday, August 3rd is Long Trail Day! Join the Green Mountain Club‘s annual social fundraiser and hiking challenge!  Individuals and groups will hike segments of the Long Trail to complete the entire 272-mile trail in one day, all while raising money for the Green Mountain Club to continue its work caring for the mountains and trails of Vermont. The fun continues by joining other hikers at Lawson’s Finest Liquids to celebrate the completion of the hike from 4-7pm.

The first 272 people to register will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks and all registrants will receive a free digital Long Trail Map.  Rewards for fundraising include Long Trail Day merchandise and Skida and Osprey products!

Can’t hike that day?  You can be a virtual hiker by registering and fundraising online, with the same access to rewards as those hiking.


NENSA App Gap Challenge on August 3rd is a fun and exciting dual technique Rollerski Race. Competitors ski a pursuit format, starting with skate, and transitioning to classic mid course at the parking lot of Mad River Glen, before making the push to the top.  Come and try and break the course record for $100 cash or challenge yourself to a spectacular ski up the eastern slope of the Green Mountains. Racers will get to enjoy our App Gap Saison at the finish line!

App Gap Saison


Be on the lookout for our Scrag Mountain Pils! This summer’s must-try is our house lager that features a mild floral aroma, is dry, crisp and refreshing with a delicate amount of noble hop spice. It pairs well with adventures and will be available at some accounts throughout the Northeast U.S.! Inspired by the traditional Czech Pilsner style; our house lager is a tribute to the source of Waitsfield’s town water and the aquifer deep beneath Scrag Mountain.

You can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Philadelphia.

Scrag Mountain Pils

Our Beers

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