Fall is flying by, and yes there is snow on the summits of Lincoln Peak and Stark Mtn. this morning! Yikes, my skis are way dusty, and the firewood is not yet put up! What's a brewer to do? Brew more beer of course!
What a huge success! Thanks to Megan Schultz Events and Designs, and Mike W., F&B wizard at MRG for pulling off what some have already dubbed as the "best beer festival in Vermont!" And to think that it was only our first time around. Big thanks also to everyone who participated, as when the dollars are all counted, we will have likely raised nearly $1,000 for the Mad River Path Association. It was great to have the likes of the Alchemist, Bobcat, Trout River, Rock Art, Otter Creek (with a cask!), Zero Gravity, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Switchback and yours truly pouring up some fine brews outside on the deck of the lodge on what was the best weather day of the entire fall. Beautiful! I promise next year, I'll get the word out on the blog BEFORE the event. As it turns out, we didn't need it. The event sold out in only about 2 hours at the door thanks to the huge interest in great beer and a spectacular fall foliage day paired with scenic rides on our 'Old Faithful' at MRG - the single chair. Likely close to a thousand people cycled thru the place over the course of the day.
The single-batch edition of my Stony Hill 'Local Hop' Harvest Ale is just about gone. Get yourself over to American Flatbread in Waitsfield tonight 10/2 if you want a pint of what's left. Brewed with hops grown right at the brewery. My first batch of fall wheat beer - a German-style Dunkelweiss is ready and bottles will be headed to the Warren Store this weekend. You'll also find it on tap in General Starks Pub at Mad River Glen. At the Common Man, you can sample one of my latest hoppy creations - the Permagrin Rye Pale Ale. Rings in at 6.0% abv and has enough lupulin to chew on! The Pitcher Inn's cooler is down, so they do not have any beer on tap right now. Down at the Village Porch, you can sample the fall's first batch of my Hoptoberfest 292 Ale. Lots more of the 292, Dunkelweiss, and Permagrin are on the way along with BIG HAPI set to make a fall debut in another week or so. Looking ahead, I just brewed my second batch of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout for the cold months ahead. Mmmmm. The first batch has been in kegs for a month now and is aging beautifully! I'm going to try and get some bottles of it out there at the next Farmers Market...read on.
Exciting news to share with you....Another collaboration is in the works with the great peeps at Zero Gravity/Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Paul Sayler and Destiny Saxon. We are likely to brew a batch next week for our November gig - Lawson's Night at Flatbread on Nov. 10. Mark your calendars! We'll have 6-8 different Lawson's brews on tap, and some special bottles 'from the vault'. We'll be brewing up a 10bbl batch of Papelblonde Ale to be served at the event and well beyond.
An just a couple weeks away is the debut of Lawson's Finest at The Three Penny Taproom, a now renowned little beer bar in Montpelier, VT. We'll be tapping up a keg of double dry-hopped Hopzilla Double IPA that I created just for this event! Thursday, October 15 is the date, and the keg is not likely to last beyond the night, so boogie on over if you can make it.
On October 24, Lawson's will be participating in special one-day event called "Celebrate Vermont Beer" at the Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury, VT. Come sample 25+ different Vermont beers and celebrate yourself.
Finally, on October 17, we'll be at the last official Waitsfield Farmer's Market for season, offering sample tastings and bottles for sale from 9 am to 1 pm.
Cheers! - Sean