Vermont Brewers Ban Together To Support Flood Victims

, Vermont Brewers Ban Together To Support Flood Victims

(Courtesy Lawson’s Finest Liquids)

Vermont has never seen the kind of flooding it saw this summer. The devastation was immense and Vermont breweries are now brewing a special beer to help support those in need.

More than 4,000 homes and nearly 1,000 businesses were damaged in the wake of this summer’s floods, which continued for weeks and were cumulatively the most disastrous storms to hit the state in almost 100 years.

In cities like Montpelier, Barre, and the surrounding areas where torrential rains hit hardest, many Vermont residents were left without clean drinking water or habitable shelter. Farms, bridges, roads, and major infrastructure across the state have been impacted and will require essential recovery efforts for months to come.

In the wake of the unprecedented flooding Vermont-based breweries are teaming up to release a new collaborative beer recipe, Vermont Strong to support its many victims with proceeds from every beer going to the Vermont Community Foundation  in support of flood relief efforts.

“The Vermont Community Foundation does a fantastic job vetting organizations to ensure that donations go to worthy and impactful causes, maximizing the positive impact on the hardest hit communities,” says Karen Lawson, co-owner of Waitsfield-based Lawson’s Finest Liquids. “We’ll look to track donations from Vermont Strong through the Vermont Community Foundations and report back to all participants when the project is complete.”

, Vermont Brewers Ban Together To Support Flood Victims

(Courtesy Lawson’s Finest Liquids)

Participating breweries can use the Vermont Strong Pale Ale recipe developed and provided by Lawson’s Finest, or create their own. The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief Hops and Champlain Valley Hops have generously offered discounted ingredients for the brewing of Vermont Strong. While the list of collaborators continues to grow, breweries taking part in Vermont Strong include:

  • 14th Star Brewing
  • Black Flannel Brewing
  • Burlington Beer Company
  • Dirt Church Brewing Co.
  • Drop-In Brewing Company
  • Foam Brewers
  • Goodwater Brewery
  • Lawson’s Finest Liquids
  • Long Trail/Harpoon
  • Lucy & Howe Brewing Company
  • New England Brewing Company (Connecticut)
  • Ocelot Brewing Company (Virginia)
  • Schilling Beer Co. (New Hampshire)
  • Vermont Pub & Brewery
  • Zero Gravity Brewery


  • If you work at a brewery that is interested in contributing to VCF’s flood relief efforts by brewing Vermont Strong, please click here to learn more about collaborating on Vermont Strong.
  • If you’re a beer lover who enjoys a delicious pale ale and giving back to their community, keep an eye out for Vermont Strong Pale Ale at participating brewery taprooms and at retail stores throughout the state of Vermont starting in September.


, Vermont Brewers Ban Together To Support Flood Victims

(Courtesy Lawson’s Finest Liquids)

Vermont Strong is imagined by Lawson’s Finest Liquids, whose team has implemented a multi-pronged approach to disaster recovery since the peak of the storm in mid-July. The collaboration beer is an extension of the Lawson’s Finest Social Impact Program, The SIP, which has donated more than $2 million to worthwhile causes and community-building efforts since 2018.

“Over the last 15 years, Lawson’s Finest has prioritized giving back, and the impact they have made in our state is truly remarkable,” says Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ newly appointed CEO Adeline Druart. “Vermont Strong is a perfect example of the team’s integrated, creative approach to supporting our community in a time of hardship caused by climate change-related disasters.”

Following the storms, Lawson’s Finest jumped into action distributing clean drinking water to surrounding cities and towns. The brewery held a food drive in its taproom to support the Barre Food Shelf and made monetary donations to VCF and the Northeast Organic Farming Association for farmers’ relief.

But Founding Brewer Sean Lawson felt more needed to be done to help his flood devastated community, which led to the Vermont strong collaboration beer campaign.

“Vermont brewers are a tight-knit bunch that care deeply about their communities and readily come together in a crisis,” said Sean Lawson. “We wouldn’t be here without our friends and neighbors in the area, and we’re all heart-broken over the devastation. We’re committed to helping aid in rebuilding efforts for our Brave Little State; and as brewers, one of the best ways we know how to do that is by using beer as a vehicle to bring people together and give back.”


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