· Founder & Chairman of The Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
· Author of "Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two"
American entrepreneur Jim Koch is best recognized as the founder and chairman of The Boston Beer Company, otherwise known as Samuel Adams. He is considered one of the main catalysts behind the craft beer revolution in the United States and has grown his company into the second largest craft brewery in the country.
A Harvard grad, Jim co-founded The Boston Beer Company in 1984 with Rhonda Kallman. He invested his own money and attracted investors and help from friends and family to get behind his dream to create a locally focused brewing company. His first batch of beer was brewed in his own kitchen but soon the whole world would know about Samuel Adams Boston Lager. In 1985, Jim’s Boston Lager won the award for “Best Beer in America” at the Great American Beer Festival. As they say, the rest is history! Samuel Adams has since introduced over 26 different brews over the years including many seasonal favorites.
In the spring of 2016, Jim published his first book titled "Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two". The book takes readers behind the scenes of the making of a successful company through the eyes of one of America’s greatest brew masters.