A recently-listed home on Airbnb in Warren, Vermont boasts close proximity to hiking trails, Mad River Glen, and skiing and gold at Sugarbush. Its most notable neighbor, however, is only a few steps from the front door.
The home is located at the site of Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ original — and still active — brewery. The three-bedroom dwelling, which can accommodate up to ten guests, is the former residence of the brewery’s co-founders. Before the land was home to Lawson’s Finest Liquids, it was simply the home of Karen and Sean Lawson, who put down their roots there as newlyweds in 2001.
“We built that house as our first home,” Karen Lawson told Boston.com. “It was delivered in two pieces and it was delivered in the winter, and it was too icy to deliver to the property. So it sat in the Warren Elementary School parking lot until they were able to get down the road and deliver it to us.”
In 2008, the Karen and Sean Lawson hosted their carpenter friends for a “shed-building party,” and the original brew house was born. What started as a one-barrel brewery quickly needed to accommodate three, and by 2011, seven barrels were tucked into the shed. The Lawsons moved their boozy venture a 15-minute car ride away to Waitsfield last year, where they now run a brewery, taproom, and retail store. The Lawsons themselves moved around the same time, and have spent the past year renovating the residence, from updating the plumbing to adding a mudroom, to ready it for guests.
“Sean [Lawson] still brews at that brew house in Warren, and so we knew that we didn’t want to sell the property,” Karen Lawson said. “There’s so many of our fans that do travel from New England and outside of New England. We thought it would be just really an added bonus for people who come to our taproom in Waitsfield to be able to stay at the original brewery site.”
Some of the home’s amenities include an entertainment system, ample lawn space, an outdoor deck, new stainless steel kitchen appliances, and a soaking jetted bathtub in the master bathroom. There are also specific touches courtesy of Lawson’s Finest Liquids, such as a selection of beers in the fridge and opportunities to catch a glimpse of the brewing process. Although Karen Lawson noted that most of the brewing takes place on weekdays during business hours, she didn’t rule out the possibility entirely.
“Sean [Lawson] might show up on a weekend just to check carbonation or something like that,” she added. “Certainly there would be the opportunity…that Sean [Lawson] would just leave the door open and chat and talk to folks while he’s brewing.”
The house is now available to book through Airbnb, and you might want to act fast — every Saturday in August was reserved at the time of this article’s publication. On the other hand, waiting it out may have its perks. The Lawsons currently offer tours of the brew site by special request and for an additional cost, but Karen Lawson said additional premium options could be rolled out in the future.
“Maybe down the line when Sean [Lawson]’s schedule isn’t so crazy, we would be able to offer certain dates that guests can really have a VIP experience, where they’re reserving time for Sean [Lawson] to sit at the kitchen table and share a beer and talk about Lawson’s Finest and his whole history with the company,” she explained. “But right now we don’t have those dates set up.”