[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.