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The Warren Store

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The Warren StoreThe Warren Store
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
[ Store ]

284 Main St
PO Box 79
Warren, Vermont, 05674-0079
United States
phone: (802) 496-3864

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @warrenstorevt

Notes:
One of a handful of places that sells Lawson's Finest in bottles.

(Place added by: papat444 on 04-25-2010)
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ChipMurray, Feb 24, 2014
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sirsteve42, Jan 07, 2014
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Resuin, Dec 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

What a great store. This place makes the 4 hour trip from Boston we'll worth it. Not only is this my go to for Lawson's and Heady Topper but they also have an extraordinary selection of Vermont made items. Did I mention the service?? My first trip up there was on a Tuesday (not a good day for Lawson's) not knowing the beer release schedule. When I told Keith how far I drove - he went way above and beyond - and called some other stores in the area to see if they had any Lawson's left. Wow. Great people, great service and before I forget GREAT food. Don't forget to try one of their amazing sandwiches!!!

dinosvino, Nov 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

TheAnk, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

scotv, Nov 06, 2013
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williamjbauer, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of rikatine
4.78/5  rDev +13%

A very nice drive from Waterbury. Cute store with the infamous Lawson's beer. The store is so Vermont. Nice little seating area with coffee and baked goods. Nice looking deli selection. Some nice local offerings of trail mix, merchandise, wine etc. The coffee was delicious. But we are here for Lawson's. It is Thursday morning at 10 am. The beer is not here as we arrive, and there are various individuals milling about the store, are they here for beer? Yes they are.

The Lawson's starts rolling in at 10:10 or so on a hand truck from the back. The store clerk is right on it. Passing out the beer with the four bottle limit per person. Up to the register to check out. Nice people, friendly, especially considering we are really just there for the beer. A very positive experience.

rikatine, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

BeerBucks, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4.4/5  rDev +4%

This was the first of several planned stops on a recent weekend venture into The Land Of Great New England Beer, aka the homes of The Alchemist, Lawson's and Hill Farmstead. The Warren Store is supposed to be one of only two main venues where Lawson's is regularly available.

A wonderful two story Victorian building with double wraparound porches, and an outdoor eating area at the edge of a solid stone chasm with a stream at the bottom. Worth visiting even if you have zero interest in craft beer, just for the setting and architecture.

Big fairly bright interior with wine on the right and various sundries on the left, deli food counter beyond on the left and old wooden-framed coolers for beer towards the back right which I naturally made a beeline for. Small display of sixpacks and bombers opposite the coolers.

As you know if you are an experienced New England BA, Lawson's is delivered on Thursdays and is usually gone by Friday afternoon. We arrived Saturday afternoon. Bought 2011 Pannepot, 2013 Sculpin sixpack and Grassroots (a Hill Farmstead collaboration) Arctic Saison at good prices as a consolation.

Young stock clerk was very helpful in assuring me that they were out of anything Lawson's while cheerfully volunteering alternatives. Checkout clerk seemed to be either the store manager or an owner. Both were pleasant and engaging.

Loved this place, but when I go back I have to make it a Thursday. (I had hoped to hit the Waitsfield Farmers Market for Lawsons when the family set up there Sept. 21, but had company that weekend and could not go.)

Fortunately we were able to do dinner at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury an hour or so later, so I still got to at least taste Lawson's Double Sunshine and also Maple Wheat.

scotorum, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

SO recently visited the infamous Warren Store on 7/25/13. We went here with on thing on mind. Lawson's. So the store is awesome. Looks like your typical vintage Vermont store and loaded with goodies. Lots and lots of wine for sale in the front of the store. We were directed to the back of the store where the deli was (the beer is located here) Well they had the Lawson's release for that week (was delivered that day) Also had a nice little small selection of other great beers too.

thampel09, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Okay, I need to break down some of these numbers.

The Warren Store is off the beaten track. In fact, the were repaving much of VT 100 today when I went, so a lot of the trip ended up being on dirt roads. But once I found it, I kind of couldn't believe that such a place, in such a location, could have some of the most highly sought after brews in the world. However, it's pretty clear that Heady and Lawson's just kind of fell into their laps, but kudos to the Warren Store for not making a bigger deal out of it. Their selection isn't too reaching. So as with all of the below reviews, the selection receives a "4" based almost entirely on the fact that they carry Lawson's and Heady.

However, I did get some other good stuff besides Heady: a bottle of Seizoen Bretta, a 2011 Pannepot, and two Jack's Abby beers (including the Lawson's collab); they also had Stone Espresso RIS and a couple of sours, so the selection was definitely not a waste of time. The prices were completely reasonable too, especially for the vintage Pannepot (only $6).

The store itself is a neat little destination: hardwood floors, definitely an old-timey feeling country store, a lot of disorganization, a deli in the back, totally charming. The guy working there apologized profusely for having sold out of Lawson's (three hours after they made the delivery), but he recommended another local brew (which I didn't buy) and the Jack's Abby/Lawson's collab (which I did). Nice man, very informative. They receive Heady on Tuesdays, I'm not sure if that's been recently posted on this site, so FYI. Also, they still had Heady today (a case + four four packs), so it seems to last for at least a day or two.

All in all, the Warren Store isn't worth the 1.5 hour journey if you can't get Lawson's or Heady, but if you're in the area, even if it's not a Thursday or a Tuesday, it's worth a look in. I enjoyed my time there and will be trying for Lawson's again in the coming weeks.

JamesShoemaker, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of TriggerFingers
2.79/5  rDev -34%

Made a pilgrimage here from The Alchemist in search of some Lawson's beer. A few things about this place. Its like a country store & restaurant in one. Didn't eat there, but looks like a quaint place to get a bite--there is a creek right outside that would be nice to sit next to and eat or enjoy a beer.

First off, the Warren Store sells Lawson's-- so its the place to go!

1) When Lawson's says they deliver on Thursday's, go on Thursday. Don't drive there any other day hoping to find it. The people there told me it sells out in a matter of hours on delivery day.
2) General beer selection there is pretty poor. I mean they have a few other Vermont beers, but its not a selection worth driving out of the way for. I want to say 12-15 beers tops.
3) It was on my way back to NJ to avoid taking I-89 through NYC, but being that its a bit off the beaten path, you should really call ahead of time (even on Thursday).

Your best bet for Lawson's at this point in time if you can't get to Warren on delivery day, is to try it on tap at places in VT or at a venue like the ACBF in Boston.

TriggerFingers, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Hendry
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%

The Warren Store is a solid one hour drive from my house, and though I've made the solo trek a number of times, I really enjoy bringing my wife and son there because it is such a great place to visit

Pure Vermont, this is the epitome of a Country Store: the smells, the sights, the locals. The gentlemen that greet me every time I go are friendly and fun to talk to. Really nice place to sit down and have a meal also (the roast turkey reuben was hefty and delicious).

While their beer selection is limited to the size of the small cooler, they have what I'm looking for. Fun store to visit and super nice folks!

Hendry, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%

My first stop on my recent Vermont trip. GPS got me a tad lost, it thought this place was a trailer, once I figured out what went wrong I went down the road about a mile and found the actual store.

Upon entering I was a bit overwhelmed, there is a TON of stuff packed into this small place. I checked out the front area and upstairs first because I knew once I made it to the beer I would be done for. Lots of different baked goods and treats scattered around the area, I picked up a few for later in my trip. Lots of different clothes upstairs, I almost bought a hat but they didn't have one that would fit my giant head.

Service was good. I talked to a few of the workers about the shop and the beer and they knew quite a bit about it all. Selection is a little limited but what they have is quite a bit of Lawson's and since that is the reason all of us stop there that is plenty for me. I picked up a few bottles and got a Lawson's glass to go along with them. I didn't try the food but it looked really good, I will definitely try it next time.

Overall a really cool store that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.

orangesol, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

The Warren Store is a rustic little place out in the middle of nowhere essentially, but as I neared it in the quiet town of Warren, I was surprised at how bustling it was. It sits right on the cusp of a creek, and its construct is a little slice of Americana. They sell all sorts of trinkets and crafts, and of course, they have a good selection of beer available, including goods from Lawson's and Alchemist (this includes glassware). Choices are limited, as it is a small space, but you're probably here for Lawson's, so you can't complain. There is a deli and other local food selections for take-out or dine-in; as for the latter option, there is a small indoor seating area and a patio. I haven't sampled any of the food, but of course it looked pretty good.

This is a beer destination due to the availability of Lawson's, so obviously if you're coming to VT for a beer haul, you'll want to come here. It's been said before: call in advance for availability.

Rifugium, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev 0%

Have stopped here often while going to Waitsfield, Bristol, or points nearby.... Hit it again on 01Sep12, to see what was available...

Place is a large, wooden, white building set just adjacent to a small creek carving a gorge through the hills... Enter to a maze-like mish-mash of foodstuffs, clothing, souvenirs and esoterica... Aisles are narrow and crammed with goods in this rustic, days-gone-by setting. A bit further through and to the left is a popular deli, and the fridge opposite holds what many seek - Lawsons, as well as other local brews, plus some assorted crafts from further afield. There were 4 Lawsons bottles left when I came in; turned my head and only 2 remained, which soon ended up in my possession. The prices are decent, overall, though I think Lawsons are overpriced, based mainly on their tickerifity. The staff here is friendly and helpful, though they usually have their hands full. Even without Lawsons, this is a cool little piece of old-time Americana in the heart of Vermont.

Prosit!

4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

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Bierman9, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Beer geeks know of and flock to The Warren Store because it is essentially the birthplace of Lawson's Finest bottle sales (along with the farmer's market, but I digress). Yes, you can still get Lawson's Finest bottles here: Sean delivers on Friday, four-bottle limit. But I love this place because it's a great country store that outshines most northern New England country stores. The service is excellent, there's a deli with all sorts of tasty meats, cheeses, and charcuterie, knick knacks galore, local maple syrup, and even a hip clothing boutique upstairs. The world needs more places like The Warren Store, beer aside, to make us all feel normal again.

ElGallo, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Rustic general store in Central Vermont, most known as one of the few places to acquire brews from Lawson's Finest Liquids. Called a few days in advance of our trip and was told to call on Friday, the day of the delivery. Called at 8:35am and was told they can hold 2 bottles of that weeks shipment, but no notification of what they would be.

Store is on the main street of a sleepy town. Parked in the gravel lot and entered the old time feeling store with wood planked floors , walls and ceilings. Organized fairly well with a checkout counter at the front, wine on one side, a deli area in the rear with a few old iceboxes which contain a good selection of local brews and a small selection of domestic craft. Great selection of Vermont Cheeses, candies and assorted maple items and good selection of prepared foods available to eat at a folding table or two towards the front. Beer was held towards the checkout in a brown paper bag.

Nice little spot to browse while the main purpose of most our visits is the Lawsons.

rfgetz, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -5.4%

My service with Verizon Wireless goes almost everywhere. Warren is a rare exception. We stopped in here to pick up some Lawson's beers, just like everyone else who reviews this place on BA. But it's worth stopping here anyway.

Rustic, complete with wide wood plank flooring and wood burning stove, the store looks like a Hollywood set, at least to a city slicker like me. Plenty of Vermont made goods are available in the store, of which the highlight is Sean Lawson's beers. This is, as is well known, the only retail place where you can buy them. The Lawson's delivery arrives every Thursday or Friday. If you call ahead, you can reserve up to 4 bottles per person. They are all worth trying so max out. Some other nice craft beer is available as well (Stone, VT locals, etc.)

Make time for some food when you go to pick up. Breakfast was delicious, all made to order. The staff could not have been nicer.

HV

sholland119, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

As of now the only location where you can buy bottles of Lawson's Liquids.

I was up in Burlington for a few days and decided to make the trip over to Warren to grab some of Lawsons. I was told to call ahead since they usually go fast. I was lucky that some had been dropped off about an hour before I called.

The store is exactly what you would expect from a New England general store. They have a deli counter and lots of wine as well as Vermont items (cheese/maple syrup etc.).

The beers are in two little coolers across form the deli area. I was in a bit of a rush so did not really look much, but I remember there being some DFH and Magic Hat. I went right for the Lawsons and bought the maximum 4 I was allowed.

Overall, its a nice little day trip, and of course the only place to get Lawsons.

mdaschaf, Jan 15, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

A New England general store in the truest, most rustic sense. We meandered through Vermont's mountains to get here with one thing on our mind: Lawson's.

Quality: What a cute little place! The store is a one-stop shop, with prepared foods, wines, trinkets and beer. An old stove warms the store, which was packed in this early New Years Eve afternoon. A deli in the back will serve you lunch to go with a wine or beer.

Service: I called ahead and spoke with Jack, confirming that a shipment was arriving from Lawson's on Friday. He was very friendly, agreeing to set aside a bottle or two for me (in case I missed the rush). Turns out I didn't need that service. Just a note, they limit you to four bottles of Lawson's per day, assuming that it lasts a day.

Selection: Generally sparse, a few micros including DFH 60 minute and Magic Hat were lying around. For more in the way of wine. Lawson's is the reason for the visit though and I stocked up on Red Spruce Bitter and Paradise Ale. For Lawson's alone, this place gets good marks. For other craft beer look elsewhere.

akorsak, Jan 02, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

During a trip to Vermont for the Vermont Brewer's festival, we took a detour after a hike in Lincoln and decided to go to the Warren General Store in Warren, VT to try and get some of Sean Lawson's Maple Tripple (which we had sampled at the Brewer's Festival) or some of his other beers to bring home. The store was an old-fashioned general store in it's appearance. Inside, there was an array of local products including cheese, wine, beer, candy, household items, and a deli area. The deli's menu was pretty extensive and included a lot of vegetarian items. I tried a tempeh wrap which was really good. The atmosphere of this place was very friendly and the service was great. Sadly, I was informed that the store was out of Sean Lawson's finest liquids of any kind. However, they did say we could go across the street to a bar in the hotel there and be served Maple Tripple on-tap. There was a litlle stream outside of the store where you sit by and eat your deli sandwiches in a really peaceful environment. The staff informed me that you need to call ahead in order to reserve Sean Lawson's beer and that his stuff always sells out as soon as it gets on the shelves there. I would recommend going and checking out the Warren Store. I hope to go back sometime soon and be successful at obtaining some of Sean Lawson's beer.

Chincino, Nov 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Throwback is the operative word here. In the heart of the hippie nation of the Mad River Valley, this place is like walking back to 1972 or so. The Dead were heavily jamming on the stereo when I walked in just after 8 in the morning, veggie breakfast burritos cooking in the back, lots of nice antique display areas, local artisinal cheeses for sale, super friendly staff, and most importantly...they get deliveries of Lawson's Finest liquid on a regular basis. Go for the tasty/healthy home made chow, cheeses, Lawson's super hard to find brews, a dose of crunchy good karma, as well as a smattering of other BA worthy brews. Besides the Lawsons, they offer a non memorable smattering of other easy to find but quality locals, and a few regional/nationals..If you are just interested in tracking down some lawson's, as I admit I was, call ahead, go on Friday/Saturday and then its time to see what all the fuss is about

Billolick, Oct 18, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

The Warren Store is a real throw back and quintessential VT in my opinion. Tiny shop in front with loads of VT products, some type of boutique upstairs that I didn't visit so I'm not sure what is going on up that way, and a deli that makes excellent sandwiches in the back. I had the "Turkey Tumbler" on a fresh baked white roll that was fantastic albeit a bit pricey at $8.50. The beer cooler is across from the deli counter and isn't large but offers good choices including Lawson's when available.

koopa, Aug 06, 2010
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The Warren Store in Warren, VT
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