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From Beer To Eternity

By following family tradition, Jim Koch created one of America's most popular microbreweries.

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This story appears in the February 1997 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

By following family tradition, Jim Koch created one of America's most popular microbreweries.

Anheuser-Busch would probably be delighted if Jim Koch (pronounced "Cook") disappeared. Koch's rapidly growing Boston Beer Co., which he founded and runs, has put a tiny crimp in the giant brewery's sales. Boston Beer makes Samuel Adams beer, heralded by American beer cognoscenti as the finest specialty, or "microbrewed" (also called "craft-brewed"), beer on the market. The success of Samuel Adams beer has forced Anheuser-Busch--and every other major brewer across the country--to turn out high-quality brews that cater to America's growing army of sophisticated beer drinkers.

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