Brewmeister Jim Koch comes from a long line of brewers. His family began brewing beer in America in the mid 1800s but had to close their brewery during Prohibition. In the mid-1980s, Jim got his great-great grandfather’s recipe from his father’s attic and started trying to resurrect it by brewing in his kitchen. That beer became Samuel Adams Boston Lager. After only six weeks on the market it won the award for “The Best Beer in America” in the Consumer Preference Poll at the Great American Beer Festival.