After 15 years spent building a legacy of quality, sustainability, and community, Founders Sean and Karen Lawson maintain visionary roles as Vermont’s growth-minded business leader Adeline Druart steps into executive leadership
WAITSFIELD, VT, June 13, 2023 – Lawson’s Finest Liquids announces today that Adeline Druart, former president of Vermont Creamery, will join the brewery’s executive leadership as chief executive officer. Sean and Karen Lawson, who founded Lawson’s Finest Liquids in 2008 and have grown the presence of the Vermont brewery’s iconic flagship brews including Sip of Sunshine to distribution in nine states across the Northeast, will maintain positions as stewards of the brand.
As the brewery’s first hired CEO, Druart brings exceptional experience from another darling Vermont-based crafter, Vermont Creamery. The specialty dairy company, widely celebrated by artisan cheese lovers for its award-winning quality, vibrant culture, and impactful sustainability mission, achieved B Corp Certification and recognition by Inc. Magazine as one of the Most Purposeful Brands of 2021.
Druart led the successful transition of the company from founder-owned to Fortune 250 US company Land O’Lakes in 2017, as a result of years of effective strategic growth. She continued to drive unprecedented sales and brand awareness for Vermont Creamery as president while serving as vice president and corporate officer of the farmer-owned cooperative in Land O'Lakes’ Dairy Foods Division until February 2023. Druart currently serves as board member of the nonprofit business association Vermont Business for Social Responsibility and joined Let’s Grow Kids CEO Think Tank in 2020.
“Adeline’s 20 success-filled years of CPG leadership qualify her, but her enthusiasm for leading with purpose is what makes her the right fit for the team,” said Karen Lawson. “She’s uniquely capable of creating a company culture that cultivates community, protects the planet and takes pride in producing a delicious, quality product.”
Druart’s unexpected path to CEO of Lawson’s Finest goes back to 2002, when she traveled from France to the U.S. for the first time for a two-month cheesemaking internship as part of her Master in Biotechnology degree. She returned to Vermont Creamery as operations manager upon graduating and served a 19 year tenure with the beloved dairy company.
“Beer and cheese have so much in common, with vibrant culture, quality products, and room in the industry to grow,” said Druart. “The culture Sean and Karen have fostered and the lasting social and environmental impact they have made is truly remarkable. As a maker at heart and a fierce believer in using business for good, Lawson’s Finest is a company I admire. I am so fortunate to join the team.”
Lawson’s Finest, which recently earned B Corp Certification in May 2023, has donated more than $1.9 million to worthwhile causes and community-building efforts since 2018 as a part of its Social Impact Program. By mid-June 2023, Lawson’s Finest will generate 100% of the electricity used each year through solar power, provided by a combination of rooftop arrays and the largest parking lot canopy in Vermont. Led by the purpose-minded duo Sean and Karen Lawson, Lawson’s Finest has maintained a values-driven culture and mission to provide exceptional, fresh craft beer and cultivate healthy, vibrant communities.
“As Karen and I take a step back from the day to day, we’re reengaging our focus on the long-term vision we set out with in 2008 – to make the finest beers possible, to keep it fresh and authentic, to focus on community, and ultimately, to take good care and be a force for good in the world,” said Sean Lawson. Experience the unique Lawson’s Finest community culture at their destination brewery, taproom and retail store in Waitsfield to try an award-winning beer or find Lawson’s Finest in the cooler section of your favorite retail store throughout the Northeast. Lawson’s Finest is Cold Stored. Cold Shipped. Cold Shelved.™ to keep every beer brewery-fresh.
ABOUT LAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDS
Lawson’s Finest Liquids crafts and delivers the finest and freshest beer possible to delight fans and to cultivate healthy, vibrant communities through its Social Impact Program. The brewery is a values-driven business with a commitment to excellence, authenticity, community, sustainability and fun. Founded by Sean and Karen Lawson, the company boasts a growing collection of award-winning beers brewed with passion and precision including the renowned Sunshine family of IPAs. Beginning as a home-based 1-barrel nanobrewery in 2008, Lawson’s Finest expanded production capacity in 2011 and 2014, growing to include distribution across nine states in the Northeast. In 2018, Lawson’s Finest opened its popular destination Brewery, Taproom and Retail Store in central Vermont’s Mad River Valley town of Waitsfield. For more information on Lawson’s Finest Liquids, visit lawsonsfinest.com or follow the company on Instagram (@lawsonsfinest) and Facebook (@lawsonsfinestliquids).