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!

jack hendler

Jack Hendler

Co-Owner, Brewing
Favorite Beer: House Lager

Eric Hendler

Co-Owner, Finances
Favorite Beer: Mass Rising

sam hendler

Sam Hendler

Co-Owner, Sales
Favorite Beer: Smoke & Dagger

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



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!



Award WinningJack’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!

Best of Craft Beer Awards


  • House Lager: Gold- Munich Style Helles
  • Framinghammer: Silver- Baltic Style Porter

U.S. Small Business Administration

Massachusetts Manufacturer of the Year – May 2018

RateBeer Best Awards


  • Top 100 Brewers Worldwide
  • Best Brewer Tap Room in Massachusetts
  • Excess IPL: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Session Black IPL: Silver – Dark Lager
  • Kiwi Rising: Bronze -Bock, Strong Lager


  • Best Brewer Tap Room in Massachusetts


  • Top 100 Brewers Worldwide
  • Best Brewer Tap Room in Massachusetts
  • Hopstitution XPL #1: Gold – Pale Lager
  • Hopstitution XPL #3 Calyptra: Gold – Pale Lager
  • Mass Rising: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Hoponius Union: Bronze – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Cascadian Schwarzbier: Gold – Dark Lager
  • Jack’s Abby/Evil Twin Jack’s Evil Brew: Silver – Dark Lager


  • Best Brewer in Massachusetts
  • Mass Rising: Gold – Pale Lager
  • Hoponius Union: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • The ABCS: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Kiwi Rising: Silver – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Cascadian Schwarzbier: Silver – Dark Lager


  • Jabby Brau: Gold – Pale Lager
  • Kiwi Rising: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Hoponius Union: Gold – Bock, Strong Lager
  • Cascadian Schwarzbier: Bronze – Dark Lager

Great American Beer Festival


  • House Lager: Bronze – Munich-style Helles


  • Mass Rising: Gold – Other Strong Lager


  • Smoke & Dagger: Bronze – Smoke Beer

Great International Beer Festival


  • Mole BA Framinghammer: Gold – Baltic Porter
  • Smoke and Dagger: Silver – Schwarzbier
  • Hoponius On Fire: Silver – Fruit & Spice Lager
  • Springdale Beer’s Brigadeiro: Gold – Stout
  • Springdale Beer’s Side Rig: Gold – Sour+Wild American Style w/ Fruit 6.5+%ABV
  • Springdale Beer’s Dark N’ Stormy: Gold – Sour+Wild American Style w/o Fruit 6.5+%ABV
  • Springdale Beer’s Good N’ You: Silver – New England IPA


  • House Lager: Bronze – Lager/Helles
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer: Bronze – Baltic Porter
  • Red Tape: Silver – Amber Lager
  • Springdale Beer’s Pearly Wit: Bronze – Belgian Witbier
  • Springdale Beer’s Kriek Mythology: Silver – Sour & Wild Ale (American)


  • House Lager: Gold – Dortmunder/Helles
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer: Gold – Baltic Porter
  • Smoke & Dagger: Silver – Schwartzbier
  • Leisure Time: Silver – American Wheat


  • Smoke & Dagger: Gold – Amber & Dark Lager
  • Leisure Time Wheat Lager: Silver – Wheat, American
  • House Lager: Bronze – Lager, Helles


  • Smoke & Dagger: Amber & Dark Lager – Other
  • Jabby Brau: Lager Ale – Mixed Styles


  • Hoponius Union: Bronze – India Pale Ale
  • Smoke & Dagger: Bronze – Amber Lager

Global Warming Open


  • Sunny Ridge Pilsner: Winner

World Beer Cup


  • Framinghammer: Gold – Baltic-Style Porter
  • Saxonator: Bronze – German-Style Doppelbock

Best of Boston


  • Best Brewery >>


MetroWest Daily News

  • 2016 Golden Nutties: Brewery of the Year >>

Chamber of Commerce

  • 2013 Small Business of the Year

Taste of MetroWest

  • 2013 Best Beverage



  • Community Hero Award

McCormick & Schmick’s Beer Wars


  • Winner of Best Beer