Lawson’s Finest Liquids accepting applicants for 2022 Sunshine Fund

Lawson’s Finest Liquids has announced that it is accepting applications from Vermont nonprofit organizations for the 2022 Sunshine Fund. Created to assist nonprofits that support the environment and the people of Vermont, the Sunshine Fund is the heart of the company’s Social Impact Program (SIP).

Lawson’s Finest is proud to support its staff through a generous living wage and benefit package, and this approach enables the company to leverage the generosity of its taproom guests by accepting donations—in lieu of tips—for the Sunshine Fund. All of the money raised through the Sunshine Fund goes directly to Vermont-based nonprofit organizations. 

“The Sunshine Fund really captures the spirit of what we set out to do at Lawson’s Finest: bring people together to create memorable experiences and enjoy local craft beer while supporting the people and places within our communities,” said Co-owner and Chief Creative Officer Karen Lawson. “We’re so proud of what we have been able to accomplish with the Sunshine Fund so far, and we’re looking forward to another amazing year of partnerships with nonprofits that champion such important causes.”

Every year, Lawson’s Finest selects local nonprofits as Sunshine Fund recipients based on application criteria. Each recipient organization then gets put “On Tap” at the Waitsfield Taproom and Beer Garden, meaning it receives 100% of the donations left by guests during the designated period of time. In 2020, the Sunshine Fund supported 15 different nonprofits, raising a total of $152,313 in guest donations (with match funds provided by Lawson’s Finest), including a $13,890 donation to the Peace & Justice Center of Vermont, an organization that supports racial and social justice educational programming. Since its 2018 inception, the Sunshine Fund has donated over $575,000 to Vermont organizations.

Past Sunshine Fund recipients have included Pathways Vermont, The Kelly Brush Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Foodbank, The Trust for Public Land and many more. Given the location of Lawson’s Finest, priority is given to Mad River Valley and Washington County nonprofits that focus on healthy communities, food and economic security, and natural resource protection and sustainable recreation in Vermont’s beloved Green Mountains.

Vermont nonprofits interested in becoming a Sunshine Fund recipient in 2022 can apply here, and all applications must be received by August 31 at 5pm. For more information on the Sunshine Fund, please visit


Based in Waitsfield, Vermont, Lawson’s Finest Liquids produces beers of the highest quality and freshness. Emulating the best of widely appreciated styles, Lawson’s Finest is home to a growing collection of expertly crafted beers, including world-class IPAs and unique maple brews. Founded in 2008 by Sean and Karen Lawson, the company started as a highly acclaimed, small-batch artisanal brewery in Warren, Vermont. In 2014, Lawson’s Finest Liquids added an alternating proprietorship in Stratford, Connecticut, where the brewery produces its flagship Sip of Sunshine and Super Session beers. Lawson’s Finest Liquids opened its destination brewery, taproom, and retail store in Waitsfield in 2018. For more information on Lawson’s Finest Liquids, please visit or follow the brewery on Instagram (@lawsonsfinest) and Facebook (@lawsonsfinestliquids).