Lawson’s Finest Liquids supports the museum

Lawson’s Finest Sunshine Fund donates to the Birds of Vermont Museum in March

Lawson’s Finest Liquids of Waitsfield selected the Birds of Vermont Museum as one of their semi-monthly Sunshine Fund recipients. From March 1st through 15th, customer donations at their Taproom will benefit the museum. Visit the Lawson’s Finest Liquids taproom to enjoy a local brew and support us too. Non-alcoholic beverages and light pub fare are also available.

We three museum staff dropped in on Monday to taste some for ourselves. We gave high (field) marks to the three beers we tried—a stout, a pilsner, and a porter—as well as the vegetarian chili, the grilled cheese, and the cheese plate. Yum.Three white middle-aged women in masks and dark shirts look smilingly at camera. Three small goblets with three different kinds of beer are in front of them.

Lawson’s Finest launched their Sunshine Fund in 2018, when they opened their Waitsfield brewery, taproom, and retail store. The Sunshine Fund harnesses the generosity of their taproom guests with the goal of helping local communities thrive. Lawson’s Finest provides their staff with living wages and generous benefits. There is no tip obligation in the taproom, therefore, if guests choose to leave a donation, 100% will be given to local charitable endeavors. The Birds of Vermont Museum is thrilled to receive the support of the Taproom and their guests!

“The Sunshine Fund allows us to support organizations that provide essential services to Washington County residents to ensure healthy, thriving, and sustainable communities.” says co-owner Karen Lawson.

This year, the Birds of Vermont Museum is celebrating its 36th year. With help from taproom visitors, we’re planning to work on our trails and bridges, develop new features for the Discovery trail and outdoor learning spaces, and update our trail maps. We’re working to improve the pollinator sanctuary gardens, too.

Haven’t stopped by recently? The Museum building—full of carvings, art, and discovery—is open by appointment right now. From May through October we have regular open hours: 10am – 4pm, Wednesday – Sunday, with a new art show opening in May. Our trails are open year-round, sunup to sundown, and are ideal for walkers and snowshoers, kids and grownups. There’s an accessible treehouse next to some of the pollinator plantings; a bird blind gives a pond-level view if you hike just a little way up the Spear trail.

Partnerships like this are good for everyone – great customer service, delicious foods and brews, awesome music at the Taproom, and charitable giving that supports local organizations! To learn more about how your donation supports birds, art, and science in Vermont, visit or call (802) 434-2167. For more information about Lawson’s Finest please visit

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