Lawson’s Finest Liquids has announced the official opening of its brewery, taproom, and retail store at 155 Carroll Road in Waitsfield, which is open from 12 to 7 pm, seven days a week.
Karen Lawson states, “We couldn’t be happier to finally have a public destination for our guests. For our first ten years, the Warren brewery was not open to the public due to our residential location, so this is the epitome of what our fans have been asking for.”
The hand-hewn timber frame taproom offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere where guests can enjoy freshly brewed beer on draft, as well as wine, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages to pair with local charcuterie, cheeses, warm pretzels, and other light fare.
Outside there is a four-season beer garden featuring fire bowls, comfortable seating, and corn hole games. The retail store is packed with apparel and freshly canned beer to stock up and take home. Guests are welcome to visit the brewery viewing area to get the wonderful sensory experience of the sights, sounds, and aromas of fresh beer being brewed and packaged.
Co-owner Sean Lawson said “Creating economic vitality in the Mad River Valley has been an essential part of our overall plan and vision. We hope to become an important part of the community as well as a popular destination for travelers.” Lawson’s Finest has chosen to pay staff living wage salaries with full benefits. It also has a “no tip” business model, however, if guests choose to leave a donation, 100 percent will be given to selected charitable organizations.
Lawson’s Finest has also partnered with the Mad River Path Association to enhance the existing pedestrian thoroughfare in Waitsfield, including a new boardwalk directly to the taproom door, connections to area restaurants and shops, and a planned walkway along Carroll Road to connect to Route 100 sidewalks.