This Thursday, May 16th, we are releasing our Smoked Maple Lager, a collaboration with Lawson’s Finest Liquids from Vermont. All the malt was sourced from Valley Malt, who used hand-sourced Maple Wood to smoke some of it. The maple character comes from using one gallon of maple syrup for each barrel of beer. It’s rounded out with the addition of lactose sugar and brown malt.
We are having a release event for this beer at Dive Bar in Worcester, on Thursday, May 16th.
Saturday, May 18th, there will be a tap takeover at The Dirty Truth. All of our current beers and several from Lawson’s Finest will be available on tap.
We also have two planned tap takeovers with Lawson’s in Vermont where our beer will be available for the first time outside of Massachusetts. On June 7th we will be at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill and June 8th we will be at The Three Penny Taproom. As part of these events we will also be bringing some bottles for a one-time release.
Wednesday, April 17th, 3pm – Midnight
We are all still trying to process what happened yesterday but there is no time to waste to start raising money to assist the victims. Tomorrow, Wednesday the 17th, from 3pm until midnight, we are teaming up with local breweries to host a fundraiser at The Tavern Framingham on 102 Irving Street.
All the beer is being donated and 100% of the proceeds from the beer are being donated to The One Fund. There will be a raffle at 8pm of items donated by local beer stores and individuals.
2nd Annual Lager Cask Fundraiser for One Mission
May 24 & 25, 2013
Friday, 6:30 – 9pm
Saturday, 1:30 – 4pm, 5:30 – 8pm
Tickets are $10 ahead of time or $15 at the door and includes a souvenir glass. Beers will be $5 for a pint and $2.50 for a 6oz pour.
100% of proceeds go to One Mission.
One Mission is a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families. This year we will have 24 lager casks available over three sessions. NERAX will be helping us manage and serve the casks.
The Tap Brewing Company(TBD)
Pretty Things ‘American Darling’
Berkshire Brewing Co. ‘Czech Pilsner’
Left Hand Brewing ‘Polestar Pilsner’
Notch ‘Session Pils’
Watch City ‘Bitchloden Wheat Lager’
John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House ‘Mayfair Maibock’
Blue Point Brewing(TBD)
Cape Cod Beer ‘Bohemian Pils’
Harpoon ‘Steam Lager’
Jack’s Abby is the sponsor brewery for this weekend’s Drink Craft Beer’s Springfest. We’ve brewed a special Double India Pale Lager for the fest. Read more about The ABCS on our Beer page or on the Drink Craft Beer blog. Here’s the video they shot when they came to help brew:
This weekend, April 5th & 6th, Drink Craft Beer Springfest focuses on New England-made beers that feature one of our favorite ingredients, hops! By attending, you’ll be able to sample 70+ beers from 25 of New England’s best craft brewers, each one of them bringing at least one hop-focused brew! Many of these are being made specifically for this event or will be released there.
Additionally, you can sample and purchase from several local food vendors including Drink Craft Beer friends such as Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, of Great Food Truck Race fame and known for their delicious gourmet concoctions perfect to pair with hoppy beers. Other food options will include delicious seasonal fare, local cheese and more.
Friday night will be a VIP session called Hoppy Hour. There will be a collection for special beers from 25 New England breweries, each one a special batch or variant made just for the Hoppy Hour VIP Session in addition to the full Saturday lineup of brews! Everyone will bring at least one special brew, dry-hopped cask or other super limited beer that will only be available on Friday night and was made specifically with this session in mind.
We are in the process of holding a competition at the brewery. Last month Jack, his two assistant brewers, Mike and Matt, and Dan Eng from Barleycorn’s, each were in charge of aging Smoke & Dagger in a wood barrel. They each had a $40 budget to buy any ingredients they wanted to add to the barrel. The barrels are the same ones we used for our Barrel Aged Saxonator.
The four barrels are:
- Szechuan pepper
- Almond and ground coconut
- Maple bacon, maple syrup, and bourbon
- Cranberry, ginger, pistachio, cherrywood smoked malt, chocolate, coffee, hot pepper
You will be able to try the results at the British Beer Company in Framingham, Jan 30th, at 6pm. Sample paddles with all four varieties will be available along with a scorecard to pick a winner. You can also come to the brewery from Thursday the 31st to Saturday the 2nd to try the beers and cast your vote.
October 17, 2012 – Framingham, MA – Jack’s Abby Brewing, an American craft brewer specializing in lagers, was awarded a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival® for its Smoke & Dagger lager. Jack’s Abby also announced two seasonal brews for autumn as well as expanded brewing capacity to meet demand.
Award for Smoke & Dagger
This past Saturday, October 13, Jack’s Abby’s Smoke & Dagger won the bronze medal in the smoked beer category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.
“We had an amazing time at the Great American Beer Festival,” said Hendler. “We’re very excited for this recognition in only our first year of operation.”
Since 1982, The Great American Beer Festival is held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and is put on by The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit educational and trade organization that is devoted to making quality brewing and beer information. The Great American Beer Festival is the largest competition for commercial beers in the world.
Seasonal Lagers Announced
For Autumn, Jack’s Abby is introducing two new seasonal lagers: Pumpkin Crop Lager and Kiwi Rising.
“The 2012 harvest on our family farm was fruitful. The Pumpkin Crop Lager uses 100 fresh pumpkins and 40 organic squash,” said Hendler. ”We prepared, cooked, and pureed all the gourds. A blend of autumn spices adds to the intense pumpkin flavors. We’re also using locally grown Triticale.” Pumpkin Crop Lager is 5.5% ABV.
Hendler described Kiwi Rising as “an intensely hoppy strong lager that we like to refer to as a Double India Pale Lager. All New Zealand hops (Kiwi hops) were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. Over four pounds of hops per BBL were used to create this specialty beer between four kettle hop additions, the use of our hop back, and three dry hop additions.” Kiwi Rising is 8.5% ABV.
To meet growing demand for its craft lagers, Jack’s Abby Brewing is expanding its production capacity. Jack’s Abby will add two 80 BBL tanks and one 40 BBL tank to bring its total capacity to over 5000 BBLs.
About Jack’s Abby Brewing
Founded in January 2011 by three brothers who grew up in a family business, Jack’s Abby Brewing is a craft brewery specializing truly distinctive lagers featuring locally grown hops, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation. The name, Jack’s Abby Brewing, pays homage to co-founder Jack Hendler’s wife, Abby, while evoking the tradition of monastic groups in Europe who create handcrafted beers in their abbeys. The brothers are inspired by the tradition of craft brewing using quality local ingredients, mindful labor and great recipes to create delicious, authentic beer. Jack’s Abby is a proud member of the Massachusetts Brewers Guild and the Brewers Association. For more information, visit Jack’s Abby’s website at www.jacksabbybrewing.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jacksabbybrewing.
We just got back from an amazing week in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival®. The festival had 4 long sessions, and when we were not there we were rushing to get to as many local breweries as possible. It was both exhausting and exhilarating, and ended with the unforgettable experience when Smoke & Dagger won a bronze medal in the Smoked Beer category.
Some people have asked us what we submitted for judging and in which categories they were entered. This sounds like something that should be easy, but many of our beers do not fit neatly into one of the establish categories. So here are our submissions along with some our thoughts:
- Hoponius Union was entered as an American-Style India Pale Ale. This was by far the hardest choice we had to make. Hoponius unfortunately does not fit at all into any of the lager categories so it got entered with 202 other IPAs. Next year we may try our luck entering it as an Imperial Pilsner.
- Jabby Brau was entered as a session lager.
- Smoke & Dagger was entered as an ‘Other Smoke Beer’. I wanted to enter this as an American Style Dark Lager because I was not sure it was smoky enough. It was a good thing that Jack did not listen.
- Framinghammer Baltic Porter was entered as a Baltic Porter.
- Brett Biere de Garde was entered as an American-Style Brett Ale.
- Copper Legend Octoberfest was entered as a German-Style Marzen.
This was a great learning experience for us, and there are a lot of things we could do to improve the GABF experience. For one, we did not realize until very late that the beer had to be in Denver almost a month beforehand. Next year we may change our production around a little to get some different beers out in time to be judged. We will also plan ahead a little more to set up refrigerated transportation for the beer instead of standard shipping.
Hopefully there will be more Massachusetts breweries entering next year so we can coordinate these things together. It was actually kind of sad how few New England breweries were represented at the GABF; our section was by far the smallest. As we are the farthest region from the festival there a lot of extra costs involved in attending and getting the beers shipped for judging. Next year we will try to work together to lower costs wherever possible and try to get some of the other excellent breweries in our region involved.
Framingham, MA, July 13, 2012: Jack’s Abby Brewing, the only all-lager brewery in Massachusetts, is celebrating its first anniversary with two events featuring over ten beers and a cask offering. The first event will be on Thursday, July 19th, at 7pm, at the British Beer Company in Framingham. The second event will be on Saturday, July 21st, at 7pm at Meadhall in Cambridge.
Jack’s Abby specializes in brewing traditional German style lagers with a distinctly American craft twist to them. This creative flair will be on display at these events with year-round brews such as Hoponius Union and specialties like Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoke & Dagger with Peanut Butter. The events will also serve as the release for two new beers: Ginger & Juice, a Ginger India Pale Lager with grapefruit, and Brett Biere de Garde, a biere de garde aged in white wine barrels with Brettanomyces wild yeast.
“Specialty brews have become a big part of what we do,” says brewmaster and co-owner Jack Hendler. “We get the opportunity to experiment with different ingredients and really push the boundaries of what lagers, and even craft beer in general, can be.” Brother and co-owner Eric Hendler added, “It is hard to believe that it has been a year already. I am looking forward to sitting down with everyone and enjoying the beers that we have worked so hard to make.”
Framingham Anniversary Party
British Beer Company Framingham
Thursday, July 19, 2012 7:00 PM | 120 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702
Cambridge Anniversary Party
Saturday, July 21, 2012 7:00 PM | 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
About Jack’s Abby Brewing
Founded in January 2011 by three brothers who grew up in a family business, Jack’s Abby Brewing is a craft brewery specializing truly distinctive lagers featuring locally grown hops, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation.
The name, Jack’s Abby Brewing, pays homage to co-founder Jack-Hendler’s wife, Abby, while evoking the tradition of monastic groups in Europe who create handcrafted beers in their abbeys. The brothers are inspired by the tradition of craft brewing using quality local ingredients, mindful labor and great recipes to create delicious, authentic beer. For more information visit www.jacksabbybrewing.com
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