Jack’s Abby Brewing
This two-year old Framingham brewery defies categorization. “We actually got into the Great American Beer Fest this year and we were trying to submit beers for medal consideration,” says owner Jack Hendler. “We realized that we didn’t have a single beer that fit into a traditional category.”
After studying at beer schools in Chicago and Munich, Hendler began his professional career at Beer Works on Canal Street, but left after six years for a more intimate endeavor with his two brothers. Specializing in hopped-up lagers, such as their signature Hoponius Union, and smoky black numbers like their Fire in the Ham and Smoke & Dagger, the Hendler clan has pushed craft beer in a refreshing new direction. “We saw people pushing the boundaries with ales, doing some really unique and creative things, and we asked the question, Why don’t people do this with lagers?”
Most of the hops in Jack’s Abby are grown on the Hendler family farm in Connecticut. They even include their parents’ pumpkin and squash harvests in their autumn seasonal, Mom & Pop’s Pumpkin Crop. In the future, Hendler says he expects to release some interesting concoctions using the fruit trees on their property and maybe even a spicy beer or two. Just don’t expect the status quo out of Massachusetts’ most talented brewing family.