The Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program in partnership with Accion provides food and beverage entrepreneurs with expert business coaching, mentoring, advising and access to capital. The Brewing the American Dream program also supports business owners with events across the country like Speed Coaching, the Pitch Room Competition and a quarterly webinar series.

September 29
Congrats to Accion Client, Bosque Brewing Company for Taking Home the GOLD at this Year’s Great American Beer Festival! premium

Accion client, Bosque Brewing Company of New Mexico won the gold medal at this year’s Great American Beer Fest on Saturday! Bosque won the gold for its Acequia IPA in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category, ahead of 34 other competitors in the same category.  This was the 29th year of the Great American Beer Festival, which awards winners in 92 beer categories from 145 different beer styles.  This year had 6,647 submissions from 1,552 breweries across all 50 states and they were evaluated by 242 beer experts from 15 countries. Read more about Bosque’s win here!

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September 29
A Big Congrats to the 2016 Experienceship Winner Flounder Brewing Co premium

Yesterday, Samuel Adams announced that Accion client, Flounder Brewing Company of Hillsborough, NJ has been selected as the winner of the 2016 “Brewing the American Dream Experienceship,” a unique mentoring opportunity for craft brewers as part of the Accion and Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Program.  For the Experienceship, the Flounder Brewing Company team will receive a trip to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery for specialized coaching and mentoring from a variety of Samuel Adams experts on topics ranging from ingredients sourcing, sales and distribution, packaging, design and more! Flounder Beer Co., will also have the opportunity to create a collaboration beer with Samuel Adams brewers and to attend The Great American Beer Festival.  Flounder Brewing Company was started back in 2005 by Jeremy “Flounder” Lees, his brother Dan and cousin Billy.  They received their first Accion loan of $6,000 to help purchase equipment and move from brewing out …

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September 19
HISTORICAL CRAFT BEER MEETS ARTISTIC URBAN GARDEN premium

Who would have thought of pairing old school beers with art and cultural programming? Accion client ChuckAlek has done just that through a partnership with Art Produce. ChuckAlek Independent Brewers is opening ChuckAlek Biergarten, a tasting room located in North Park, California. (Yeah, we love the name too!) The unique partnership will ultimately blend “old school beers for new school palates” with the artistic garden, which hosts film screenings and performances, as well as community events. Cheers, ChuckAlek! We are looking forward to your continued success. Make sure to check them out on Facebook for more details!

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September 18
SUCCESS IN SPEED COACHING SEATTLE premium

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream has taken to Seattle with a Speed Coaching event! This Speed Coaching event was held at Impact Hub Seattle on September 17th and included coaching regarding marketing, legal, and packaging from experts in the field to an array of food and beverage businesses. A big thank you to our partners Mercy Corp NW, Seattle Made and Samuel Adams, as well as event caterers La Bodega, El Gallito Mexican food truck, and Cucina Fresca for making the event so great!…

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September 16
BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM FREE SPEED COACHING EVENT IN SEATTLE! premium

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Looking to take your food and beverage business to the next level? Join Samuel Adams, Accion and Mercy Corps Sept. 17 for a Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event in Seattle. Receive personalized advice from experts in marketing, packaging, legal, financial, sales, and distribution! Register here: goo.gl/BxOF9V

The unique format of this evening offers small business owners:

  • A chance to meet for 20 minute sessions with Samuel Adams employees and local business experts
  • Opportunity to network and connect with fellow entrepreneurs
  • Contact with local organizations that support small business
  • Access to a FREE business consultation with microlender Accion to learn how to access critical capital

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August 24
Cast Your Vote for the Wild Card Winner! premium
The next Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Contest Winner is in your hands! Head over to Entrepreneur to view and vote for your favorite now through September 7th!

This virtual competition will decide the Wild Card winner who will receive a trip to New York City to participate in the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room finals this December and a chance at a $10,000 grant! These six small businesses were selected based on a diverse criteria including pitch quality, creativity, and passion. It is now up to you to decide the winner. What are you waiting for?…

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August 17
Calling All Craft Brewers! premium

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August 13
GRILLING FOR A CAUSE premium

krisschoenbergerAccion client and Brewing the American Dream program participant Kris Schoenberger, owner of BBQ’d Productions, served over 1,700 meals to those affected by a tornado in Wildwood, Illinois last week. …

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August 12
SAMUEL ADAMS BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM SOCIAL MEDIA WEBINAR premium

For small business owners, juggling multiple roles in their business is a reality, and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Tweeting and instagraming may be the last thing on your mind, but should it be? Megan Baker, Social Media Specialist at Samuel Adams, hosts this Brewing the American Dream Social Media webinar to get your biz on trend by dedicating just an hour a month.…

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August 4
Lancelot Brown, Owner of Jamaica Grill Jerk Center in Brooklyn, NY premium

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“It’s been my lifelong dream to own my own restaurant. I didn’t give up when I realized I didn’t have half a million dollars to start a restaurant. I stayed focused and learned how to enter the market from a different door. I’m so proud to have gotten this off the ground.”

“I learned early on not to give up,” observed Lancelot Brown, owner of Jamaica Grill Jerk Center. “I wanted to open up my own one hundred seat restaurant at first. It didn’t quite work that way.”

Lance has the type of conviction and enthusiasm that lights a spark in those around him. As a young man, he grew up enjoying the bountiful flavors of the Caribbean. He learned the art of Jamaican cooking from his family – his grandmother ran a cafeteria on the island and the entire family helped out. As soon as he was old …

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July 28
Attention Food and Beverage Entrepreneurs: Enter for a Chance to Win $10,000 and a Year of Mentoring from Samuel Adams premium

It’s your last chance to enter the Brewing the American Dream Wild Card Competition!  Do you (or someone you know) have a great food or beverage idea you want to take to the next level? Be sure to check out the Brewing the American Dream Wild Card Competition recently kicked off by Samuel Adams and Entrepreneur Magazine! Get the details here. Applications close this Thursday at 11:59PM!

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July 15
LINA ASHBY, OWNER OF MANINUTS IN BOSTON, MA premium

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Lina and her family started ManiNutsCompany two years ago out of popular demand for mani nuts, or sweet, dried fruits and nuts popular in her native Colombia. Back in Colombia, her family owned supermarkets and sold sweets that her grandmother and aunt would make. After moving to the US, her family decided to continue the family business in the food industry.

Lina dreams big, and it is her passion to be a businesswoman. Her work helps her support herself and her son. She wants to establish a company where she can help others to be providers for their family. This business has turned into a dream that she wants to continue.…

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July 15
WILLIAM DE GEER, XXX COFFEE IN QUEENS, NY premium

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XXX Coffee is a mobile coffee retailer and service provider based in New York with proprietary blends of espresso and coffee. It is owned and overseen by William, a man who knows both how to create wonderful coffee blends and how to serve them. He has over 20 years of experience in the coffee industry, and has served as a judge for both the World Barista Championship and the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

Almost as soon as he moved to the United States five years ago, he started this small business. William’s coffee company serves coffee and sells retail products online and via a bicycle cart at Socrates Sculpture Park. He also sells to retail locations throughout New York. William is planning to expand the services of his company.

Thanks to an Accion loan, he plans to produce a new coffee roast for resale. He will use the money …

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July 15
HENRY ZUNINO, STRAWBERRY HILL CONFECTIONARY IN BOSTON, MA premium

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After the economy went down in 2008, Henry Zunino was left unemployed. After making the difficult decision to abandon his career as a sculptor, Henry decided to start his own business.

Combining his knowledge of biology with his passion for artisanship, Henry hoped to produce a line of “edible sculptures” safe for children with food allergies and dietary restrictions.

Funding his business proved more difficult than Henry had anticipated. In order to manufacture and produce his candies, Henry needed expensive equipment that he could not afford. He began revolving credit to pay his bills, knowing that he needed to find a more reliable source of capital.

“When I went to apply for loans, no one gave me a dime – they thought, candy company, recession…”

Henry discovered Accion through the Sam Adams Brewing The American Dream program, which he had signed up for seeking publicity for his business. Accion granted …

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July 15
SAMUEL ADAMS BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM PITCH ROOM WINNER premium

Congrats to San Diego Pitch Room winner Dana Stenzel, owner of Stenzelberry jelly company!

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