Greening Up is Good for the Planet

Lawson’s Finest is committed to continual innovation and investment in efficiency, while taking steps to green-up our beer production process and minimize our impact in a resource-intensive manufacturing business.

In planning and building our Waitsfield, VT Brewery and Taproom, we selected the most efficient brewing, packaging, and process equipment available. We also worked closely with Efficiency Vermont to build highly efficient building facilities — at a significantly higher initial cost — to save energy and reduce our impact on the planet. Some of these measures include 100% LED lighting fixtures throughout, heat recovery from our brewhouse, highly efficient HVAC, motors and pumps, walk-in coolers with outside air economizers that uses the outside air to cool and many more.

Lawson’s Finest also constructed a new, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility and implemented extensive side-streaming efforts to remove solids and organic loads from our wastewater stream. Our side-streamed high-strength waste is then pumped and trucked to an anaerobic digester facility that turns the organic solids into electrical energy! The remaining wastewater passes through our on-site aerated biological treatment system that breaks down the remaining organic loads and the treated effluent discharge water is lower in strength than a standard household septic system. Weston & Sampson’s Brewery Wastewater Pre-Treatment system for Lawson’s Finest Liquids received a 2020 Special Project Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont (ACEC of Vermont).  ACEC of Vermont’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering projects completed in Vermont.

In 2019, Lawson’s Finest installed a solar array that enables us to tap into renewable energy for our production processes with a 43kw AC system and a series of over 140 solar panels that cover the roof of the Brewery and will produce approximately 52,000 kWh of electricity per year! It’s exciting times to be able to use the roof of our Brewery to produce energy from the sun, and to help the state achieve its goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050. Our solar system will generate enough electricity to power eight average households for a year in Vermont.

In the first quarter of 2020, Lawson’s Finest installed a series of electric vehicle (EV) chargers at our brewery and taproom location that will support universal charging with two Level 2 chargers, two Tesla chargers and one Level 3 “DC Fast” charger that represents the latest in universal EV charging. Our EV chargers are FREE to the public and anyone is welcome to use them at no charge.

Lawson’s Finest is proud to be a member of the pioneer 2019 Green Brewery Cohort created by Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation. This program provides participating businesses with access to funding, in-depth assistance and training to achieve sustainability goals. Lawson’s Finest is using this opportunity to help shape our sustainability plan. Lawson’s Finest is also a founding partner of the Vermont Brewshed Alliance (a program of Vermont Natural Resources Council) which brings together conservation and craft beer communities to highlight the importance of clean water and support efforts to protect and conserve both our surface and groundwater in Vermont.  We also strive to reduce our solid waste by recycling as much as possible and composting our food waste.

Green is Grand is part of The SIP (Social Impact Program) at Lawson’s Finest. The SIP includes six initiatives:

Beertenders

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