Craft Brewery Profile: Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers
When they call themselves craft lagers at Jack’s Abby in Framingham, Mass., they mean it. You won’t find any IPAs here, although you will find IPLs! They take the business of lagers seriously — all lagers, no ales.
The good news for lager fans is that you’ll find some of the best lagers you’ve ever tasted here, crafted with loving care under the watchful eye of brothers Jack, Eric and Sam Hendler. The trio founded the Abby in 2011 to celebrate the combination of traditional German brewing methods, local ingredients and American innovation. If you want a little preparation for your visit, Jack’s Abby is active on social media. Check out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for pictures of their great beer and food, news about special events and more.
What’s on Tap?
Well, as you’ve no doubt figured out by now, lagers are what’s on tap. The mandatory IPA has been replaced by an IPL, including the Hoponius Union, with a blend of classic American hops combined with lager yeast for a fruity, citrusy aroma and dry finish; Spill the Tea, a green tea and lemon IPL with Citra and Mosaic hops; and Double IPL Mass Rising, one of the hoppiest lagers you may ever try.
Moving away from IPLs, you may want to try Jack’s Abby’s classic Smoke & Dagger, a rich, sweet, schwarzbier and smoked porter mix; Fire in the Ham, a smoky lager with notes of smoked ham and bacon and campfires, a tribute to the beers of Bamberg, Germany; or the golden-colored, highly drinkable Maibock Hurts like Helles. There’s a great selection of wheat lagers, pilsners and porters for you to try, as well.
Make Sure to Catch…
… Jack’s Abby Beer Hall & Kitchen, where you’ll find 24 lagers on tap, with exclusive specialty beers you won’t find anywhere else. You can pair these brews with some great pub food like wood-fired pizza, bratwurst and beer pretzels. Naturally, you’ll enjoy everything in a classic German Beer Hall environment. The beer hall is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served — no reservations.