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Updated: May 1, 2023 / Power 50 for 2023

2023 Power 50: Sam Hendler

A man stands at a bar with a beer in his hand. Photo | Courtesy of Jack's Abby Craft Lagers Sam Hendler, co-Owner & CEO of Jack's Abby Craft Lagers
Sam Hendler Title Co-Owner & CEO Company Jack's Abby Craft Lagers, in Framingham Residence Framingham Read all the 2023 Power 50 profiles here
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It’s been a busy year for Sam Hendler and the team at Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers.

The Framingham brewery not only completed a renovation of its beer hall at its 100 Clint St. location, which it originally opened in 2015, but it took on a huge brewing contract with Night Shift Brewing, Inc. of Everett in July. On top of that, he’s been the president of Massachusetts Brewers Guild since 2020 and his work for the local brewers’ trade organization was rewarded with the Brewers Association’s 2022 F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award, which is given out to someone in the industry who champions the small brewing industry. Hendler was chosen for the award because he has been a force in the defense of the craft beer industry.

Jack’s Abby is a lager brewery first and foremost. It’s a brewery built on patience and family values – Hendler’s older brothers Jack and Eric are co-owners and in charge of their respected areas within the business. It’s the largest brewery in Central Massachusetts, produced 48,000 barrels of beer in 2021, and is the 47th largest craft brewery in America, according to the trade group Brewers Association. With that size and impact, Jack’s Abby has become an integral part of reinvigorating downtown Framingham and shaping the craft beer landscape across the state with its influence in not only brewing beer and the styles made popular in the area, but with lobbying efforts at the state level. Hendler has been a vital advocate for the brewing industry and a translator between the industry and local government when it comes to regulations.

How should professionals best use the power they wield? “Wield your power where your passions lie. We find a lot of value in running a small family-owned business and investing heavily into the community we live and work in. Do what you care about, and you will likely make a lasting impact.”

Founded a brewery before he could drink legally: When Jack’s Abby was officially founded on paper, Hendler was 20 years old. The company applied for its brewing license days after his 21st birthday.

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