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The Warren Store

Not Rated.
The Warren StoreThe Warren Store
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
[ 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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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

MakeMineADoubleJack, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of TriggerFingers
2.79/5  rDev -33.7%

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 AGust82
2.86/5  rDev -32.1%

As far a beers go, this place deserves a 2. They get small weekly shipments of Lawson's and Heady Topper that go immediately. Other than that the selection is weak. If you're driving through Vermont, unless you know it's the right day, don't waste your gas driving out here.

AGust82, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of jaltland
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

jaltland, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

CTJman, Nov 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -5%

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
Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev -5%

Resuin, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -5%

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
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4/5  rDev -5%

smanson56, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

bigred89, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -5%

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 Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

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 akorsak
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

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
Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

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 07, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

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
Photo of Chincino
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

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
Photo of orangesol
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%

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 InspectorBob
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

In the quite little Vermont town of Warren, on historic Main Street sits The Warren Country Store. Old, rustic, turn of the century type of place. You think you walked back in time. They have a deli with home cooking prepared everyday from scratch with locally grown products. Featuring a full breakfest and luncheon menu.

The bakery is behind the store, all the breads, pastries and desserts are baked fresh everyday. They also have an upstairs with all kinds of stuff, clothing, toys etc.

But the real reason to come here is because this is the only place that I know of where you can purchase Lawson's Finest Liquids. In an old wooden door refrigerator was the prize, Maple Nipple and Chinooker'd IPA. Those were the only ones' there and I bought them all. They said that if I wanted to wait a few hours they would have more. I declined. It's best if you call ahead because it's stocked on a rotating basis and you never know what will be on the shelves, if any. There were a few other local brews there also, Rock Art etc. and some Dogfish Head, man does he get around. But I was only interested in The Lawson's.

I enjoyed my step back in time...

InspectorBob, Jul 23, 2010
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
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%

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 | $$

239

Bierman9, Sep 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Abilow33, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

williamjbauer, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of ElGallo
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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
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The Warren Store in Warren, VT
94 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.