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Framingham, MA – July 18, 2011 – Jack’s Abby Brewing, an American craft brewer specializing in lagers, today announced the start of production at their Framingham, MA brewery.
The company also announced the opening of a gift shop and the beginning of tours at the Framingham facility. Public tastings are scheduled to begin this month.
“After months of hard work we are excited to begin production of what we believe will be exceptional and unique lagers,” said Jack Hendler, owner and brewer of Jack’s Abby Brewing. Hendler, along with his brothers Sam and Eric, founded Jack’s Abby Brewing in January 2011.
Initial production will focus on three lagers:
Saxon Sons Pilsner
Saxon Sons Pilsner is a wonderfully aromatic, sunshine golden-colored lager featuring a lemony floral nose followed by a dry finish. Brewed and conditioned for extended periods, balancing the traditional bohemian Pilsner malt backbone with unique hops added to our hop back. The name pays tribute to the Saxony Ice Company started by the Hendler brothers’ grandfather. 5.4%
Hoponius Union is an India Pale Lager that offers a twist to the traditional IPA since it is fermented cold and aged for extended periods. The perfect union of aromatic American hops and lager fermentation creates a huge citrusy-hoppy aroma and clean, bitter finish. 6.7%
Smoke & Dagger
Smoke & Dagger is a dark, black beer, cloaked in mystery, that gets its roasted and smoky notes from traditional beechwood-smoked malt and chocolate malt. Smoke & Dagger is full bodied and malty with little to no hop character. 6.0%
Jack’s Abby plans to produce seasonal varieties as well as other special occasion lagers and possibly ales in the future.
The Company is currently producing all of its lagers in Framingham facility which currently has a 20 BBL Premier Stainless brewhouse and five 40 BBL fermenters. A special hop back is used to infuse hop flavor and aroma into the beers before fermentation. The brewery also features a tasting room as well as a small garden next door for growing hops and brewing spices.
Beers will initially be available to restaurants and bars in kegs and at the brewery in 64 ounce growlers filled on request. Regular (12 ounce) bottles are expected to be available for sale in 2012. The company will self-distribute its beers to restaurants and bars to start.
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.
[Originally published at MetroWest Daily News]
By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM — The warehouse at 81 Morton St. doesn’t look like much now, but it will soon house the first production brewery in the region in more than 30 years.
Jack Hendler of Natick, along with his two younger brothers, Eric and Sam Hendler, are opening Jack’s Abby Brewing in July.
It will be the first brewery in the Framingham and Natick area since the old Carling Brewery, on the shores of Lake Cochituate in Natick, closed its doors in 1975. Other brewpubs have brewed their own beers – John Harvard’s in Framingham and the now closed Owen O’Leary’s in Natick – but no breweries.
“We always wanted to work in a family business together,” said Hendler, the former brewer of the Canal Street Boston Beer Works. “Our family had an ice company (Saxony Ice Co.) in New York, and we always thought we would work there.”
After the family left the business, the idea of opening a brewery started to make sense, especially since Jack Hendler has been brewing for six years.
A 4,500-square-foot warehouse on Morton Street will hold the brewery and feature a tasting room as well as an area to buy memorabilia.
“We’re going to put a large window behind the bar so people can look in and see the brewery while they taste the beers,” Hendler said.
The warehouse is nearly empty. Hendler and his brothers, who are both in college out of state, obtained a lease six weeks ago.
Right now, they have a building permit from the town to complete the work. Drainage pipes have been installed, and they plan to add several steel tanks, a walk-in cooler and other equipment.
As far as permits needed to open, an application has been submitted to the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Once that license is granted, the partners will then apply for a brewery license from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
The state permit will allow Jack’s to provide 2-ounce samples of its beers (four types have been planned) to those older than 21. It also allows them to sell their own beers on-site. Tours will also be offered.
“We should be able to do a test batch by the middle of May,” Hendler said. “July should be realistic for us to open.”
The brewery will start with only the three brothers. Jack will be in charge of brewing, Eric will take care of social-media marketing and information technology services, and Sam will handle sales.
“I think we’ll all be doing a little of everything,” Jack Hendler said. “It’s easy to say, ‘I’ll be doing this, and he’ll be doing that,’ but you don’t work at a small brewery and not do manual labor.”
Selectman Jason Smith said he was excited to hear that a brewery was opening.
“It’s wonderful for Framingham that we have a new business coming into town,” Smith said. “I think it’s great. Any time we have an ambitious person want to open a business in town, we have to welcome him.”
Bonnie Biocchi, president and CEO of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, said the opening fits with the region’s other business strengths.
“We’re really trying to market our region as a mecca for restaurants and fine dining, so this fits right in,” she said. “I think it’s great to attract any industry into town, especially one that already supports the industry we have here.”
Once the brewery opens, Hendler said he and his brothers will sell only kegs at least until next spring. They plan on selling 64-ounce jugs, or growlers, of its beers at the brewery.
“It doesn’t look like much now, but it’s going to be great,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started.”
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