HISTORY

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.

ABOUT

MISSION

Jack’s Abby is proudly independent and family-owned.

Our mission?
Create high-quality products that honor tradition and the spirit of inspired innovation. With an entrepreneurial heart and a passion for people, we take pride in learning from and contributing to our vibrant community.

Our Values

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    Founded by three brothers, Jack’s Abby is rooted in family values and strong relationships. We treat one another with mutual respect and our team has a bond like no other.

Family First

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    We can’t move forward without honoring where we’ve been. We’re loyal to lager and our traditional brewing process, but we’re equally inspired by the pursuit of innovation.

Tradition, with a twist

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    We’re brewers, creators, industry pros, and members of the craft beer family. More importantly, we’re part of a community bigger than ourselves. We’re proud to call our local, vibrant neighborhood home and aim to be a force for good in our industry.

Community is at our core

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    Dedication. Determination. Grit. We work hard, and play harder. Our strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit garner the respect and support of our many partners and team members.

Hustle hard(er)

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    It’s all in the details. From the beer we brew to the food we serve, we source the highest quality ingredients to make products worthy of sharing. Our dedication and attention to quality is all part of the Jack’s Abby experience.

Quality is Key

ABOUT

THE CREW

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

ABOUT

LAGERING PROCESS

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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!

ABOUT

AWARD WINNING

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

2021

United States Beer Tasting Competition Zwickel: Northeast Champion – Kellerbier

2020

United States Beer Tasting CompetitionRed Tape: Northeast Champion, Vienna/Marzen Lager

United States Beer Tasting CompetitionSmoke and Dagger: Dark Lager/Dunkel

United States Beer Tasting CompetitionFraminghammer: Imperial Stout

United States Beer Tasting CompetitionRed Tape: National Grand Champion, Vienna/Marzen Lager

United States Beer Tasting CompetitionHouse Lager: Northeast Champion – Dortmunder/Helles

United States Beer Tasting CompetitionHouse Lager: National Grand Champion – Dortmunder/Helles

2019

Wine Enthusiast #1 Beer of 2019: Bourbon Barrel- Aged Framinghammer

RateBeer Best Awards – Kiwi Rising: Best Pale Lager – India / Hoppy

2018

Great International Beer Festival – Mole BA Framinghammer: Baltic Porter

2017

RateBeer Best Awards – Excess IPL: Bock, Strong Lager

2016

Great International Beer Festival – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer: Baltic Porter

Great International Beer Festival – House Lager: Dortmunder/Helles

Global Warming Open- Sunny Ridge

2015

Great International Beer Festival – Smoke & Dagger: Amber & Dark Lager

RateBeer Best Awards – Cascadian Schwarzbier: Dark Lager

RateBeer Best Awards- Mass Rising: Bock, Strong Lager

RateBeer Best Awards – Hopstitution XPL #3 Calyptra: Pale Lager

RateBeer Best Awards – Hopstitution XPL #1: Pale Lager

2014

World Beer Cup- Framinghammer: Baltic-Style Porter

RateBeer Best Awards – The ABCS: Bock, Strong Lager

RateBeer Best Awards- Hoponius Union: Bock, Strong Lager

RateBeer Best Awards- Mass Rising: Pale Lager

2013

Great American Beer Festival- Mass Rising: Other Strong Lager

RateBeer Best Awards- Hoponius Union: Bock, Strong Lager

RateBeer Best Awards- Kiwi Rising: Bock, Strong Lager

RateBeer Best Awards- Jabby Brau: Gold – Pale Lager

Silver Medals

2021

Brussels Beer Challenge- Post Shift:  German-style pilsner

Brussels Beer Challenge- Hoponius Union – Hoppy Lager

2019

Best of Craft Beer Awards- Framinghammer: Baltic Style Porter

European Beer Star- Barrel-Aged Vanilla Framinghammer:  Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer

2018

Great International Beer Festival- Hoponius On Fire: Fruit & Spice Lager

Great International Beer Festival- Smoke and Dagger: Schwarzbier

2017

RateBeer Best Awards – Session Black IPL:  Dark Lager

Great International Beer Festival- Red Tape: Amber Lager

2016

Great International Beer Festival- Leisure Time: American Wheat

Great International Beer Festival- Smoke & Dagger: Schwartzbier

2015

Great International Beer Festival- Leisure Time Wheat Lager:  Wheat, American

RateBeer Best Awards- Jack’s Abby/Evil Twin Jack’s Evil Brew: Dark Lager

2014

RateBeer Best Awards- Cascadian Schwarzbier: Dark Lager

RateBeer Best Awards- Kiwi Rising: Bock, Strong Lager

Bronze Medals

2019

European Beer Star- Citra Brau: New Style Lager

2018

Great American Beer Festival- House Lager: Munich-style Helles

2017

RateBeer Best Award- Kiwi Rising: Bock, Strong Lager

Great International Beer Festival- Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer: Baltic Porter

Great International Beer Festival- House Lager: Lager/Helles

2015

RateBeer Best Award- Hoponius Union: Bock, Strong Lager

Great International Beer Festival- House Lager: Lager, Helles

2014

World Beer Cup- Saxonator: German-Style Doppelbock

2013

RateBeer Best Award- Cascadian Schwarzbier: Dark Lager

2012

Great American Beer Festival- Smoke & Dagger: Smoke Beer

2011

Great International Beer Festival- Smoke & Dagger: Amber Lager

Great International Beer Festival- Hoponius Union: India Pale Lager

Brewery Awards

2021

Craft Beer & Brewing- Reader’s Choice #17 Midsize Regional Brewery

Craft Beer & Brewing- Reader’s Choice #3 Lager Brewery

2020

Brewbound Awards 2020- Rising Star

Best in Beer- Readers Choice Award 2020- #1 Lager Brewery

Tiffany Hometown Heros Award – Community Impact By The Slice

MetroWest Chamber of Commerce- Small Business of the Year for 2020

Brewbound-  Rising Star 2020

RateBeer Best Awards- Best Breweries by Style – Lager

RateBeer Best Awards- Top 100 Brewers Worldwide #39

 

 

 

 

2019

2019 MetroWest- 1st place Food & Drink- Brewery

2019 MetroWest- 1st place Food & Drink- Happy Hour

2018

2018 U.S Small Business Administration- Massachusetts Manufacturer of the Year

2017

2017 RateBeer Best Awards- Top 100 Brewers Worldwide

2016

2016 RateBeer Best Awards- Best Brewer Tap Room in Massachusetts

2016 Best of Boston- Best Brewery

2016 MetroWest- Golden Nutties: Brewery of the Year

2015

2015 MassEcon- Community Hero Award

2015 RateBeer Best Awards- Best Brewer Tap Room in Massachusetts

2015 RateBeer Best Awards- Top 100 Brewers Worldwide

2014

2014 RateBeer Best Awards- Best Brewer in Massachusetts

2013

2013 McCormick & Schnick’s Beer Wars- Winner of Best Beer

2013 MetroWest- Best Beverage

2013 MetroWest- Small Business of the Year