Founded 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 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 our brewery and Beer Hall & Kitchen, have a pint, some fresh wood-fired pizza, and learn more. And check out our experimental and barrel-aging tap room Springdale, next door.



Jack’s Abby 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. And of course, make delicious pizzas at the Jack’s Abby Beer Hall & Kitchen.

Our team is at the heart of our business, and the reason why our beer tastes so great. Cheers!

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

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



Jack's Abby, Brewery, Tours, Lagering Process, Beer

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, crisper, more balanced beer. This radical change in taste and thinking pushed lagers to the forefront of Bavarian beer culture, surpassing the common ale and becoming the leading beer of choice in the region, soon dominating all of Europe.

To create authentic German-style flavors, Jack’s Abby brews with traditional ingredients and techniques. The Jack’s Abby brewing team travels to Germany every year to procure German hops and malt from small family run operations in Bavaria. The brewers use old-world brewing techniques of decoction and spunding to recreate historical lagers. Jack’s Abby also brews boundary pushing styles like its flagship India Pale Lager: Hoponius Union.

Jack’s Abby is loyal to lager, brewing the finest craft lagers using the highest quality ingredients.

Drink Lager.

Begin The Process…

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.

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

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

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.

This is where the hot wort spins to separate the hops and protein from the beer. The wort will be pumped from here to a fermentation tank.

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

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.

The centrifuge spins the beer with a force of up to 10,000 times gravity to separate yeast and protein out of the beer.

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

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



Jack’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!

Jack has been recognized as Wine Enthusiast‘s 40 under 40 for 2019, highlighting the top influencers in the beverage industry across the country! Click here to read the full article.

Gold Medals

Wine Enthusiast

#1 Beer of 2019: Bourbon Barrel- Aged Framinghammer

Best of Craft Beer Awards

2019- House Lager: Gold- Munich Style Helles

Great International Beer Festival

2018- Mole BA Framinghammer: Baltic Porter

2016- Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer: Baltic Porter

2016- House Lager: Dortmunder/Helles

2015- Smoke & Dagger: Amber & Dark Lager

RateBeer Best Awards

2019- Kiwi Rising: Best Pale Lager – India / Hoppy

2017- Excess IPL: Bock, Strong Lager

2015- Cascadian Schwarzbier: Dark Lager

2015- Mass Rising: Bock, Strong Lager

2015- Hopstitution XPL #3 Calyptra: Pale Lager

2015- Hopstitution XPL #1: Pale Lager

2014- The ABCS: Bock, Strong Lager

2014- Hoponius Union: Bock, Strong Lager

2014- Mass Rising: Pale Lager

2013- Hoponius Union: Bock, Strong Lager

2013- Kiwi Rising: Bock, Strong Lager

2013- Jabby Brau: Gold – Pale Lager

Global Warming Open

2016- Sunny Ridge

Great American Beer Festival

2013- Mass Rising: Other Strong Lager

World Beer Cup

2014- Framinghammer: Baltic-Style Porter

Silver Medals

European Beer Star

2019- Barrel-Aged Vanilla Framinghammer:  Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer

Best of Craft Beer Awards

2019- Framinghammer: Baltic Style Porter

Great International Beer Festival

2018- Hoponius On Fire: Fruit & Spice Lager

2018- Smoke and Dagger: Schwarzbier

2017- Red Tape: Amber Lager

2016- Leisure Time: American Wheat

2016- Smoke & Dagger: Schwartzbier

2015- Leisure Time Wheat Lager:  Wheat, American

RateBeer Best Awards

2017- Session Black IPL:  Dark Lager

2015- Jack’s Abby/Evil Twin Jack’s Evil Brew: Dark Lager

2014- Cascadian Schwarzbier: Dark Lager

2014- Kiwi Rising: Bock, Strong Lager

Bronze Medals

European Beer Star

2019- Citra Brau: New Style Lager

Great International Beer Festival

2017- Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer: Baltic Porter

2017- House Lager: Lager/Helles

2015- House Lager: Lager, Helles

2011- Smoke & Dagger: Amber Lager

2011- Hoponius Union: India Pale Lager

RateBeer Best Awards

2017- Kiwi Rising: Bock, Strong Lager

2015- Hoponius Union: Bock, Strong Lager

2013- Cascadian Schwarzbier: Dark Lager

Great American Beer Festival

2018- House Lager: Munich-style Helles

2012- Smoke & Dagger: Smoke Beer

World Beer Cup

2014- Saxonator: German-Style Doppelbock

Brewery Awards

Brewbound Awards

2020- Rising Star

Best in Beer- Readers Choice Award

2020- #1 Lager Brewery


2019- 1st place Food & Drink- Brewery

2019- 1st place Food & Drink- Happy Hour

2016- Golden Nutties: Brewery of the Year

2013- Best Beverage

2013- Small Business of the Year

U.S. Small Business Administration

2018- Massachusetts Manufacturer of the Year

RateBeer Best Awards

2017- Top 100 Brewers Worldwide

2016- Best Brewer Tap Room in Massachusetts

2015- Best Brewer Tap Room in Massachusetts

2015- Top 100 Brewers Worldwide

2014- Best Brewer in Massachusetts

Best of Boston

2016- Best Brewery


2015- Community Hero Award

McCormick & Schmick’s Beer Wars

2013- Winner of Best Beer