CINCINNATI – A man named Charles Koch toiled away as a brewer’s apprentice at the old Schoenling brewery, not knowing that one day his son would buy the entire operation. Today the sign on the Over-the-Rhine brewery says it all: "The Boston Beer Company — Cincinnati Brewery."
Roughly one out of every three bottles of Samuel Adams Boston Lager is brewed here. Most of the rest is brewed in Pennsylvania. The company’s brewery in Boston is primarily for research and development, specialty brews, and tours.
But that’s just the end of the Samuel Adams story. It begins in the attic of a Mt. Lookout home, where for decades young Jim Koch slept directly below the recipe that would one day make him rich and famous.
"The recipe for Sam Adams actually came from my father’s attic which was here in Cincinnati," recalls Koch, cradling a glass of Boston Lager in the brewery where his father once labored.