Sean Lawson

Co-Owner, Operator, Brewer

Lawson's Finest Liquids

Sean Lawson is the founding brewer and co-owner of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Lawson’s Finest has earned critical acclaim and an enthusiastic fan following. Sean started the 1-barrel nano-brewery with his wife Karen in 2008 after 20 years of home brewing. His specialty maple beers and IPAs have garnered awards at the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival, and at two National IPA championships (2011 for Triple Play IPA and 2016 for Super Session #2). Lawson’s Finest grew to a 7-barrel system in 2011 in a small sugarhouse-style shed next to their home, becoming a highly-sought after Vermont craft beer. In 2014, Lawson’s Finest launched an alternating proprietor arrangement at Two Roads Brewing Co., in Stratford, Connecticut where Sean brews their #1 flagship – Sip of Sunshine IPA. In 2018, Sean and Karen opened their Waitsfield brewery, taproom, and retail store, finally providing a destination in the Mad River Valley for lovers of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Sean is a graduate of the University of Vermont, with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and Masters in Forestry. His first career was as a scientist and educator. Sean continues to lead outings with the Naturalist Program he founded in 1996 at Mad River Glen ski area. Sean served as President of the Vermont Brewers Association from 2014-2017 and was an active Board member for nine years. Sean has two daughters, ages 10 and 14. Sean loves to attend his daughters’ sports games, skiing, and hiking, treks through the woods, live music (especially the Vermont boys – Phish!), travel with his wife Karen, and dining out. Of course, a love of great beer pervades daily life and whenever possible, travels often include collaborations and stops at other breweries.