Jim Koch founded the Boston Beer Company back in 1984 after brewing the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen. It was his mission to reshape the way American beer drinkers thought of American beer. Today, Samuel Adams makes more than 21 styles of award winning beer and is recognized around the globe as a hot house of new beer ideas. The culture at Samuel Adams is centered around a love of the beer and a wondrous curiosity for all things beer.
Harpoon has always worked hard at two things: brewing great beer and welcoming customers to their breweries. Their beer styles were created to provide beer-drinking friends, with fresh, fun and interesting choices. They draw on numerous brewing traditions to make their beers, but they always add their own “interpretation” of how the styles can be best matched to their – and your – tastes.
On Nantucket they have a Winery, Brewery, and Distillery. Nantucket Vineyard was the first arm of their business opening in the early 1980’s as a small project of the Long Family. After a few years, Winery employees ended up falling in love with the wine and each other, and voila! – Cisco Brewers was born on the Hudson’s stovetop in 1995. Whispers of a brewery floated on the Nantucket wind, catching the ear of a few people, including a Mr. Harman. Using the previously tested and proven formula of starting a business from another business, Winery and Brewery employees enjoyed a few glasses / pints (respectively) together and hatched the idea for Triple Eight Distillery in 2000. All three businesses are constantly evolving, and they now produce a wide variety of world-class wines, beers, and spirits.
St. Killian has been a successful importer of fine beers from around the world since 1983 and embraced high end and specialty beers long before they became en vogue in the United States. In 2009, St. Killian Importing merged with Baltimore, Maryland based Legends Ltd. Importing, the celebrated importer of an extraordinary lineup of beers from Scotland. In 2010, St. Killian acquired, from Phoenix Imports, the importing rights to two more phenomenal breweries, Corsendonk of Belgium, and Broughton of the UK. In 2011, St. killian acquired Beverage Alliance, a specialty beer importer. This acquisition brought the world renowned brands of Carlsberg, Kronenbourg, Tetley’s and others into an already outstanding portfolio. Through these developments, St. Killian remains dedicated to providing America with the finest lineup of unique beers from around the world.