Thanks to Jon Walley for this great video profile of JAB!
Jack’s Abby Brewing is a craft brewer based in Framingham, Massachusetts founded by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler.
The company’s mission is to create truly distinctive lagers featuring locally grown hops, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation.
Originally Posted at The Beer Nut
Just because Jack’s Abby isn’t brewing at the brewery yet doesn’t mean we aren’t making beer. We recently made a homebrew test batch of Leisure Timer Lager, our summer seasonal. Our goal was to create a refreshing golden lager with wheat and spice character. We envisioned a lager that would be perfect for the hot weather with an alcohol content of roughly 4.8%
The basic recipe for the homebrew test was ⅓ wheat malt with the remaining ⅔ consisting of pilsner malt. No bittering hops were added as our Leisure Time Lager will only have whirl and dry hops. This combination results in a beer with a strong hop taste and aroma but without bitterness. To spice it up, we used grains of paradise and lemon grass, and Glacier hops for the whirl and dry additions.
Obviously, since we were homebrewing, we could not get an exact feel for what will be possible in the brewery. The process helped us get a feel for the brew, and of course we had some fun experimenting with different flavors. We added grated ginger and Pacific Jade hops from New Zealand, for example, which gave us a great result.
We fermented our batch in a temperature-controlled refrigerator that allowed us to monitor the temperature in a homebrewing environment. When it is brewed at the brewery, we will have use of our glycol chiller that is powered by dual 7 seven horsepower compressors. We will be able to achieve a cooler and more consistent temperature that is ideal for lager fermentation.
We are entering this batch in a homebrew contest this Saturday. While it will not be a perfect match for what we plan to brew here, we hope to get a good idea of what is working so that when we start brewing in a couple of weeks we can brew Leisure Time Lager right away. Look forward to a sunny weekend this summer where you can sit back and relax with a Leisure Time Lager.
We got our first shipment of tee shirts and are psyched for the rest of the merchandise to start showing up. We’ll be opening our doors on June 2nd so be sure to come stop by and see how the place looks and buy a shirt and a glass! Until then, send us an email reserving your shirt, or test your luck and stop by…we are usually here all day, every day.
We’ll start selling kegs, filling growlers and offering free tastings once the beer is ready in late July. We’ve been keeping our Facebook fans up to date with all the brewery progress. Be sure to join us!
[Originally published at The Beer Nut]
We are really excited that Norman has given us at Jack’s Abby Brewing the chance to guest write each week on his blog. Going forwards we will use this opportunity to take you inside the process of starting a brewery from construction to the brewing process. First though we thought it would be a great idea to introduce ourselves and share our philosophy.
As you may have already read Jack’s Abby is a collaboration between my two brothers and myself. My name is Eric and I will be writing these blog posts. My older brother Jack is the Head Brewer whose flair for experimentation is our driving force. Our youngest brother, Sam, will be the irresistible(we hope) salesman.
The three of us grew up working in our family business. We watched it thrive under the committed leadership of family members. While that business is no longer in our family the lessons we learned still guide us in our actions. We think that our dedication to operating as a small family business will be a great asset. The craft brewing world is already afire with innovation and we are looking to expand on this tradition.
It is down this line of thought that lead us to our name. Many people’s first reaction is to ask us if we spelt ‘abbey’ wrong. The name in fact comes from Jack’s wife, Abby. Jack’s Abby Brewing is meant to evoke the tradition of monastic groups in Europe who create handcrafted beers in their abbeys. While we draw inspiration from these groups we are also adding the distinctly American craft beer flair for innovation. We believe that is blending of old and new will make for something great.
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