Project: Samuel Adams
“This was the best project – beside the foundation of the company. We started that project with a handshake on your deck. I became convinced that we could work together on our very important heritage brewery in Boston and that the combination of your team and mine on this project would make the beer better. It did.”
– David Grinnell, Vice President, Brewing & Quality
Boston Beer Company and its beer brand Samuel Adams is the biggest, privately owned brewery in the USA. Jim Koch founded the brewery in 1985. He brewed the first batch of Boston Lager in his kitchen – a recipe that belonged to his great great grandfather that he found in his father’s attic back in the early 1980’s. Today, Boston Beer Company operates in its original founding location at the outskirts of Boston and has two taprooms in the city of Boston and in Cincinnati. The brewery pioneered the US craft beer revolution and their beers have won more awards than any other beer brand worldwide.
BrauKon’s challenge was to integrate the new 15hl brewery in the existing vintage copper brew house. At the same time, the old brew house had to be equipped with all technical refinements. Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 different Samuel Adams beer styles and constantly works on the development of new recipes and the perfection of classic styles. As a result, the technical equipment had to fulfill all requirement to guarantee consistent quality as well as flexibility in terms of the use of ingredients.
BrauKon developed an identical copy of the old copper brew house according to the client’s wishes. We carefully planned the look and delivered two copper vessel with an astounding focus on details to Boston. The existing brew house went from a manually operated to a fully automated one.
All four breweries built for Boston Beer Company have almost the same technical features, which makes it possible for brewers to deliver consistent results.