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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Introduces Collaboration Brew with Funkytown Brewery as Applications Launch for 13th Brewing & Business Experienceship

Discover Samuel Adams' latest collaboration brew with Funkytown Brewery and learn how to apply for the prestigious Brewing & Business Experienceship. Unlock unparalleled mentorship opportunities and showcase your craft brewing talent at the Crafting Dreams Beer Bash.

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Introduces Collaboration Brew with Funkytown Brewery as Applications Launch for 13th Brewing & Business Experienceship

Samuel Adams is excited to announce the opening of applications for its prestigious Brewing & Business Experienceship, an opportunity that has become synonymous with fostering the next generation of craft brewers. Through its philanthropic arm, Brewing the American Dream, the company provides invaluable mentorship to aspiring entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry. Simultaneously, Samuel Adams proudly unveils its upcoming collaboration brew with Funkytown Brewery, winner of the 2023 Experienceship.

At the heart of the Brewing the American Dream program lies the Experienceship, which offers promising craft brewers access to unparalleled resources and guidance. This year, the program will culminate in the creation of a special beer developed in collaboration with experts from Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. The result is a refreshing pale lager boasting a 5% ABV, crafted using San Francisco Steam Yeast and a blend of Motueka and Tettnang hops. Beer enthusiasts can enjoy this limited-edition brew on tap at Samuel Adams Boston Brewery and Pilot Project Brewing in Chicago starting the first week of May 2024.

Rich Bloomfield, co-founder of Funkytown Brewery shared, “Since our win in July last year, we’ve seen our dreams come to life in an indescribable way. The experience we’ve had with Samuel Adams has been transformative for our business and we remain deeply motivated by the recognition and resources Brewing the American Dream continues to provide us.”

Inspired by Jim Koch, the visionary behind the craft beer movement and founder of Samuel Adams, the Brewing & Business Experienceship has been empowering brewers since its inception in 2012. Winners not only have the opportunity to collaborate on a unique brew but also become part of the Brewing the American Dream community, benefiting from ongoing mentorship and support.

As Funkytown Brewery joins the esteemed roster of Experienceship winners, Samuel Adams enthusiastically invites brewery founders to submit their applications for the 13th iteration of the initiative. The deadline for entries is April 10th. Finalists will have the chance to showcase their best brews and personal stories at the annual Crafting Dreams Beer Bash, returning to Boston this year. Here, they will engage with Samuel Adams representatives, media, and beer enthusiasts, marking the beginning of a transformative journey for the next wave of craft brewing innovators.

“It has been an incredible journey thus far welcoming Funkytown Brewery into our Experienceship Hall of Fame. They are the epitome of what our program is all about – passionate and hard-working craft business owners with unbelievable ambition,” said Jennifer Glanville Love, Director of Partnerships & Collaborations at Boston Beer Company. “We look forward to continuing our support of their successful journey as we open up our family once again this year to identify a new brewer who is just as deserving.”

About Brewing the American Dream 

In 2008, Samuel Adams launched its core philanthropic initiative, Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream. In partnership with Accion Opportunity Fund, one of the nation’s largest non-profit small business lenders, the program supports small business owners in the food, beverage, and brewing industries through access to business capital, coaching, and new market opportunities. The goal is to help strengthen small businesses, create local jobs, and build vibrant communities. Since the inception of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, Brewing the American Dream has worked together with Accion Opportunity Fund and other nonprofits in loaning more than $105 million to more than 4,300 small business owners in the food and beverage industry. Brewing the American Dream employees, together with local business partners and community organizations, have provided coaching and mentoring to more than 15,000 business owners across the country helping to create or maintain more than 11,500 local jobs.

About Boston Beer Company

The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) began in 1984 brewing Samuel Adams beer and the Samuel Adams brand is currently recognized as one of the largest and most respected craft beer brands. Our portfolio of brands also includes Truly Hard Seltzer, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Dogfish Head Brewery and Hard Mountain Dew as well as other craft beer brands such as Angel City Brewery and Coney Island Brewing.

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