The Lawson’s Finest Taproom was designed as a community gathering space to enjoy the best of local beer, food, people and music. In lieu of tips in our taproom, we invite our guests to join us in supporting the Sunshine Fund to benefit local nonprofits. Our staff receives wages that don’t require tips to supplement their income. Therefore, hospitality is included in our guest experience. The Sunshine Fund allows us to harness the generosity of our guests with the goal of advancing thriving local communities.

The Sunshine Fund is the heart of the Lawson’s Finest Social Impact Program to assist local organizations that support the people and environment of the Mad River Valley and Washington County.

We select local tax-exempt organizations to be recognized with a Sunshine Award. Each Sunshine Awardee becomes the partner “On Tap” in the taproom for a period of time during the year and receives 100% of donations received to the Sunshine Fund during that period.

For Sunshine Awards, priority is given to Mad River Valley and Washington County non-profit organizations that focus on:

  • healthy communities
  • food and economic security
  • natural resource protection and sustainable recreation in our beloved Green Mountains

Please note we do not fund individuals, scholarships, higher educational institutions, religious organizations, labor or fraternal groups or organizations that discriminate in any way on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

Past Sunshine Fund On Tap Partners

SIPSunshine Fund


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Sunshine Fund 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