History

about-history-brothersFounded in 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby has become a mainstay of the craft brewing scene in the Northeast and nationwide.

The Hendler brothers grew up in a family that promoted entrepreneurship, stubbornness, and hard work. Spending summers with their grandfather and working at the family’s ice distribution company, they learned the value of committed family members and loyal employees—the foundation of which Jack’s Abby is based.

We’ve got quite the story to tell, and more in the making. Since opening, our brewery has tripled in size and is only continuing to grow. Come visit us, have a pint, and learn more. Read about the planned expansion!

The Crew

Jack's Abby Brewing CrewJack’s Abby Brewing would be nothing without our growing team of dedicated men and women. We’re headed up by the three brothers: Jack Hendler as master brewer, Eric Hendler with finances, and Sam Hendler on sales.

We’re a motley crew, with lab-techs who also bartend, brewing assistants who drive forklifts—talented individuals who do everything that needs to be done for Jack’s Abby to do what it does best—brew lagers. Our team is at the heart of our business, and the reason why our beer tastes so great. Cheers!

Jack Hendler

Co-Owner, Brewing
Favorite Beer: House Lager

Eric Hendler

Co-Owner, Finances
Favorite Beer: Mass Rising

Sam Hendler

Co-Owner, Sales
Favorite Beer: Smoke & Dagger

The brewery crew is lead by the fearless Hendler brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam.

Our team is ever expanding and with the new brewery/restaurant in the works, we’ll be hiring in the coming months. Keep an eye out for further details or inquire through the Contact page.

Lagering Process

Jack’s Abby only brews lagers—not ales. We not only love the taste of the lager, but also its rich history. Over 200 years ago in Bavaria, lagers were first created by storing large casks in cool caves high in the Alps. Low temperatures slowed the fermentation—while ales normally ferment for a week, brewers were seeking fermentation times upwards of 4-6 weeks, which became known as ‘lagering.’

The result of the lagering process created a smoother, fuller, more complete flavored beer. This radical change in taste and thinking pushed lagers to the forefront of Bavarian beer culture, surpassing the common ale and becoming the dominant beer of choice in the region, soon dominating all of Europe.

Jack’s Abby brews lagers, and only lagers, to give Americans the opportunity to love a beer that is loved the world over. We want to bring lager back—with quality, locally sourced ingredients and mindful brewing practices—we want to make lagers the beer lover’s first choice once again.

Drink Lager!

Begin the Process

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Click the panels below to explore our process.

Silo and Delivery

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We use the finest domestic and imported ingredients in all of our beers and source from local vendors whenever possible. Specialty hops and malts contribute to the lager’s body, color, and flavor.

The Mill

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Malted barley, or malt, goes into the mill and is crushed into grist. This exposes the starch under the grain’s hull.

The Mash Tun

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Through infusion mashing, we mix the crushed malt, or grist, with hot water in the mash tun. At temperatures ranging between 145-155 ˚F, naturally occurring enzymes in the malt convert starches into fermentable sugars. The resulting malt is then sent to the grant.

The Grant

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The wort, or sugar water, is then separated from the barley husk and other plant material as it runs through the grant.

The Kettle

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The liquid wort flows into the kettle for boiling. A 600 gallon batch will boil steadily for about 75 minutes, during which time we periodically add hops.

The Hopback

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For certain brews, we run the boiled wort through the hopback. This tank is filled with hops that infuse extra hop flavor and aroma into the beer.

The Heat Exchanger

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The wort mix continues on through the heat exchanger to instantly cool down from boiling to 50 ˚F.

The Fermentation Tank

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Once in a fermentation tank (we have various sizes), yeast is added to our cool wort. Fermenting at about 52 ˚F over the course of a week, the yeast converts the wort’s sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The beer is then lagered at 32 ˚F to condition and age until ready for drinking.

Packaging

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When ready, we fill kegs and bottles with fresh batches of lager. Our bottling line cleans, fills, caps, and labels before the bottles are manually placed into boxes.

Distribution


Finally, our beer is distributed to bars, restaurants, stores, and served right here in our tasting room for you to enjoy! Try what we’ve got on tap and bring home a growler of your favorite brew!

Award Winning

Award WinningJack’s Abby produces world class, boundary-pushing lagers. We score consistently high ratings from beer critics and enthusiasts at Beer Advocate, RateBeer, and others.

We enter regional and global beer festivals alike and are proud to have received some of the best commendations in the industry. Check out some of our awards below!

RateBeer Best Awards

2015

  • Top 100 Brewers Worldwide
  • Best Brewer Tap Room in Massachusetts
  • Hopstitution XPL #1: Gold – Pale Lager
  • Hopstitution XPL #3 Calyptra: Gold – Pale Lager
  • Mass Rising: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Hoponius Union: Bronze – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Cascadian Schwarzbier: Gold – Dark Lager
  • Jack’s Abby/Evil Twin Jack’s Evil Brew: Silver – Dark Lager

2014

  • Best Brewer in Massachusetts
  • Mass Rising: Gold – Pale Lager
  • Hoponius Union: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • The ABCS: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Kiwi Rising: Silver – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Cascadian Schwarzbier: Silver – Dark Lager

2013

  • Jabby Brau: Gold – Pale Lager
  • Kiwi Rising: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Hoponius Union: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Cascadian Schwarzbier: Bronze – Dark Lager

World Beer Cup

2014

  • Framinghammer: Gold – Baltic-Style Porter
  • Saxonator: Bronze – German-Style Doppelbock

Great American Beer Festival

2013

  • Mass Rising: Gold – Other Strong Lager

2012

  • Smoke & Dagger: Bronze – Smoke Beer

MetroWest

Chamber of Commerce

  • 2013 Small Business of the Year

Taste of MetroWest 2013

  • Best Beverage

McCormick & Schmick’s Beer Wars

2013

  • Winner of Best Beer

Family Business Association Awards for Massachusetts

2012

  • Finalist: First Generation Businesses

Great International Beer Festival

2012

  • Smoke & Dagger: Amber & Dark Lager – Other
  • Jabby Brau: Lager Ale – Mixed Styles

2011

  • Hoponius Union: Bronze – India Pale Ale
  • Smoke & Dagger: Bronze – Amber Lager