Lawson’s Finest is passionate about giving back to the communities where our beer can be found.

Our Good Brews for a Cause initiative is focused on creating special limited release beers and small-batch collaborations that are specifically brewed to raise funds for causes we care about.

Each Good Brews for a Cause IPA is brewed to benefit a nonprofit organization with a tie to the local community in our distribution territory. For example, Good Brews was the featured IPA of the evening (and not available at other accounts in the area) at the “12 Brewers of Christmas” event at Mead Hall which raised money for Toys for Tots.

In addition, Sean Lawson and our Brewing Team often creates special collaboration beers to support causes that are important to us including conservation and sustainable recreation efforts in Vermont, economic vitality and social justice. A portion of the beer sales are donated directly to organizations. Here are a few examples:

  • Our collaboration with the Kingdom Trails Association to create Kingdom Trails IPA was so popular that we decided to support Kingdom Trails Association and the VT Land Trust with a second donation to help preserve trails in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. These two donations total over $6,000!
  • The Bit O’ Balsam IPA helps to fund the Mountain Birdwatch, a citizen science program through the Vermont Center for Ecostudies that gathers data about the endangered Bicknell’s Thrush and supports conservation efforts.
  • The Black is Beautiful initiative is a collaborative effort among the brewing community and its customers launched by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that people of color face daily. We stand with over 1,000 breweries in 20 countries working to affect change in our industry and beyond through the collaborative creation of this special beer. We donated 100% of the Black is Beautiful beer sale profits to the VT Peace & Justice Center Racial Justice program, Allied Vermont and The Root Social Justice Center for a total donation of $3,457.
  • Powdah Day IPA was brewed exclusively for Sugarbush Resort to raise funds for Protect Our Winters​, a nonprofit that focused on legislation regarding climate change.
  • Castlerock IPA was brewed exclusively for Sugarbush Resort to raise funds for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports to help them empower individuals with disabilities.
  • Still Single IPA was brewed exclusively for Mad River Glen to benefit the Stark Mountain Foundation, which preserves and protects the environment and ecosystem of General Stark Mountain.
  • Summit Sour and Sisterhood Sour are beer collaborations by the female staff of Lawson’s Finest to raise money for The Pink Boots Society, which assists, inspires, and encourages female-identifying beer professionals through education.
  • We brewed 98 Degrees in the Shade in collaboration with our friends at Big Spruce Brewing to benefit Frontline Foods VT​, an organization that works with area restaurants to provide free meals to frontline healthcare workers. Our donation of over $4,000 represented 100% of the profits.
  • Phirst Light IPA was the collaborative brainchild of Lawson’s Finest and Upper Pass Beer to benefit the VT Brewers Association, which serves to promote and strengthen the culture of craft brewing in Vermont through marketing, education and advocacy.

Good Brews for a Cause is part of The SIP (Social Impact Program) at Lawson’s Finest. The SIP includes six initiatives:


providing a living wage and generous benefits to all employees

Great Place to Work

Lawson's Finest Beer Garden

helping local communities thrive

Sunshine Fund

Super Session #4

bringing people together to show up, innovate, and play

Super Sessions

Still Single IPA

collaborative batches for worthwhile causes

Good Brews For A Cause

Lawson's Finest Brewery & Taproom

greening up for the planet’s health

Green is Grand

Mad River Riders

sponsoring charitable events and fundraisers with donations

Sip of Support