The San Diego Beer Club Message Board › Boston Beer Will Share Hops
San Diego, CA
As worries grow about the dwindling supply of hops and the possible adverse consequences particularly for smaller brewers, Jim Koch, the founder of Boston Beer Co., has extended his company?s help.
In a statement released last week, Koch said ?We?ve looked at our own hops supplies at Boston Beer and decided we could share some of our hops with other craft brewers who are struggling to get hops this year. We're offering 20,000 pounds at our cost to brewers who need them.?
Boston Beer?s ?Hops Sharing Program? will accept requests with no questions asked, trusting that brewers not in need will refrain from ordering, in order to get help to companies hardest hit by the hops shortage.
The craft brewing community is full of stories of brewers?potential competitors, in many cases?helping one another. Koch, as the largest of the craft brewers, has sometimes been viewed with skepticism by virtue of the success of the Sam Adams beers. This gesture of generosity towards his fellow brewers sets the record straight: Boston Beer has not left the craft world behind. In quality as well as community, Boston Beer exemplifies the best in the craft beer movement.
Way to go Jim, this jesture alone is deservant of a six pack......so anyone out there reading this, pick a six pack of Sam Adams the next time out and say "Thanks Jim"