Brewing Modern Lager the Old-Fashioned Way

March 19, 2024

In this webinar, Jack Hendler and Joe Connolly discuss traditional lager brewing methods and their place in the modern brewery. Jack founded Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers with two brothers in 2011, focusing exclusively on brewing lagers. In 2020, Jack and Joe started writing a book dedicated to the craft of making better lager beer, traveling the world and interviewing lager-focused breweries of all sizes, shapes, ages, and scopes as part of the research. The resulting work, Modern Lager Beer: Techniques, Processes, and Recipes, explores the rich history, culture, and technology of lager beer.

Jack and Joe aim to uncover how traditional techniques and processes can be applied by modern commercial and homebrewers alike. Along the way, they cast aside myths, misunderstandings, and misconceptions that cloud the world’s most popular beer style. In this Zymurgy Live, they share what they’ve learned along the way and what they think modern brewers ought to know in order to brew better lager beer.

Event Details

  • Date: March 19, 2024
  • Time: 3:00 PM MT - 4:00 PM MT

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About the Speakers

Joe Connolly

Joe Connolly, Sales Director

Jack's Abby Craft Lagers

Joe Connolly (he/him) is the Sales Director for Jack's Abby Craft Lagers and the co-author of Modern Lager Beer: Techniques, Processes, and Recipes. Since joining the beverage industry in 2007, he has developed a passion for beer education and its importance for the brewing industry. Between steins of lager you can find him exploring wild places with his wife, son, and dog.

Jack Hendler

Jack Hendler, Founding Brewer

Jack's Abby Craft Lagers

Jack Hendler is founder and co-owner of Jack's Abby Craft Lagers located in Framingham, Massachusetts and the co-author of Modern Lager Beer: Techniques, Processes, and Recipes. Following years of hands-on experience and a degree in brewing from the Siebel Institute in Chicago and Doemens in Munich, Germany, Jack opened Jack’s Abby Brewing in 2011 with his brothers, Eric and Sam. Inspired by Jack’s education and travel in Germany, Jack’s Abby brews only lagers. The brewery has since grown to be one of the largest breweries in the state and remains family owned and operated.

Amy Martin

Amy Martin, American Homebrewers Association Committee Vice Chair


Amy Martin is the vice chair of the American Homebrewers Association Committee and has been homebrewing for over 10 years. Her favorite style of beer to brew is saison. She is also the sales and marketing manager at Door County Brewing Company and Hacienda Beer Company in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin and the co-chair of the Brewers Association Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. When she's not nerding out about all things beer, she enjoys watching oodles of movies, cooking yummy vegetarian food, and spending as much time outside as possible.