Jack’s Abby Brewing Company has teamed up with the World’s Oldest Brewery – Weihenstephan – to create a once-in-a-lifetime, fest-inspired collaboration lager. There may be nearly 1,000 years difference in the founding of these breweries, but they are much more alike than they are different. That kindred spirit inspired the collaboration dubbed Fest Of Both Worlds.
The goal for this project was to brew a beer that honored historical brewing methods while infusing it with modern innovations to create a delicious fest beer. The Research Center Weihenstephan BLQ of the Technical University of Munich shared the TUM 34/70 yeast strain with Jack’s Abby as part of this collaboration. This yeast is famously known as the original Bavarian lager strain and brings true brewing heritage to this beer. Jack’s Abby also employed a decoction mashing technique and lagered the beer in horizontal tanks furthering the traditional methods of brewing for this beer.
To bring some modern innovation Jack’s Abby Brewing used some modern hopping methods and some atypical hops – Sterling and Adeena. These hops, along with Pilsner and Munich malts create an assertive hop profile on a balanced malt backbone. The beer is easy to drink with subtle herbal and spicy notes.
“What I Like about this project is that it came along organically over 5 years of friendship. Jack has the mind of a German brewer and the heart of an American.” – Matthias Ebner, Global Brand Ambassador, Weihenstephan
Weihenstephan rarely does collaborations in the United States. In fact, this marks only the 3rd in the company’s storied history. The two breweries have been forging a relationship over the past 5 years including multiple trips to each other’s breweries and many shared lagers.
“It’s a remarkable honor to have the opportunity to brew a collaboration with one of the most iconic names in the world for lager. I’ve always looked to Weihenstephan for inspiration over my career and this marks a milestone for the brewery.” – Jack Hendler, Co-Founder, Jack’s Abby
This beer will be available only in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, and Southern Maine starting August 18, and for a limited time. The two breweries will be celebrating the collaboration with a transcontinental party. The team from Jack’s Abby will be traveling to Freising Germany to raise some steins at Volksfest in early September, and then the team from Weihenstephan will be returning to Massachusetts to celebrate with a series of events from September 14 – 17.
The collaboration Celebration in Massachusetts includes the following events:
Thursday, September 14 – Collaboration Celebration Launch at Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers 4:00 – 6:00
Weihenstephan and Jack’s Abby will tap a ceremonial cask during a public happy hour and be on hand to mingle and discuss the project while raising some steins.
Friday, September 15 – Volksfest Party at TimeOut Market 5:00 – 8:30
A public celebration bringing the Volksfest feel to Massachusetts including music, games, and beers from both Jack’s Abby and Weihenstephan.
Friday, September 15 – Volksfest After Party at Bronwyn 8:30 – 10:30
The teams from the two breweries will move up to Bronwyn in Somerville for an after-party celebration featuring beers from both breweries.
Saturday, September 16 – Best Festin’ Party at Bell In Hand 11:30 – 4:30
Tapping into the “Old Meets New” theme, the teams are throwing a fest at America’s Oldest Tavern and bringing all of your favorite fest events and music to the heart of Boston including a state championship qualifying Stein Holding Competition.
Sunday, September 17 – Frühschoppen at The German-American Club in Walpole 11:00 – 3:00
Frühschoppen is the traditional celebration of beers and brats for breakfast. The week of celebration concludes with one of the most fun ways to celebrate on Sunday.
Jack’s Abby and Weihenstephan have forged a strong relationship bonded by the love of lager for years. Old-world talent meets new-world innovation in this collaboration to create The Fest Of Both Worlds.