Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers
100 Clinton St., Framingham
By Big Pride
Since my cohort wrote his inaugural brewery spotlight on a brewery from his hometown of Cambridge (Cambridge Brewing Company) I decided to choose a brewery from my place of residence, Framingham’s Jack’s Abby. I used to frequent their small taproom on Morton Street, but since the opening of their new Beer Hall just down the road in the historic Dennison Manufacturing area of South Framingham, imbibing a flight or pint of Jack’s Abby’s refreshing and smooth lager has almost become a weekly ritual. The Beer Hall was recently awarded Best Brewer Taproom in Massachusetts by RateBeer. On any night you can sit in the spacious open style beer hall and hear people noshing on food prepared in the wood fired grill while toasting one of a myriad of rotating beers from their 24 taps. Soon there will be even more seating as the Beer Hall will add an outdoor patio – Fresh Air & Fresh Beer. There are no reservations so I suggest arriving early or you can grab a beer at the bar while waiting for a spot to open up.
Founded in 2011 by a trio of brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby has had a meteoric rise in the Massachusetts craft beer scene in the past five years. Their commitment to brewing only lagers instead of ales is something that has set them apart from most craft breweries. Jack’s mission has been to brew their lagers in a German tradition but with American innovation. As a result they have tripled their production in their first five years and have recently started canning some of their year round offerings including Leisure Time (wheat lager), Calyptra (session) and their very popular IPL, Hoponius Union.
If you can’t make it to their Beer Hall to enjoy their wood fired pizza, house lager pretzels with beer cheese or my personal favorite, savory mac and cheese with your choice of toppings, you can certainly get their beer at many craft beer retailers across New England. They also recently began to extend beyond New England borders to New York and Pennsylvania. With brewing innovation and a dedication to bringing quality lagers to more and more people, Jack’s Abby has a bright and successful future ahead. Well, it’s almost beer-thirty so I should head down to Jack’s Abby Beer Hall for a lager, a Smoke & Dagger Black Lager perhaps, 24 taps makes it tough to decide though. Cheers!