Jim Koch

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Jim Koch
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Jim Koch, 2013
C. James Koch

(1949-05-27) May 27, 1949 (age 69)
EducationHarvard University
Known forCo-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company
Spouse(s)Cynthia Fisher

C. James Koch (/kʊk/; born May 27, 1949) is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, the producers of Samuel Adams beer.

Early life[edit]

Koch earned a Juris Doctor, Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.


He is a former consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. He was formerly an Outward Bound instructor. In 1984, Koch co-founded the Boston Beer Company, the producers of Samuel Adams beer.[1]

In August 2018, Koch said the corporate tax cut of 2017 helped to play a major role in making Boston Beer Company more competitive in regards to foreign competitors. Koch stated that "When I started Sam Adams, American beer was a joke, and it pissed me off. And now, American brewers make the best beer in the world. And the tax reform was a very big deal for all of us, because 85 percent of the beer made in the United States is owned by foreign companies."[2][3]


In spring 2016, Koch published Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to entrepreneur Cynthia Fisher.

Koch is unrelated to Stone Brewing Co. cofounder Greg Koch.[4]


  1. ^ "People: Boston Beer Company Inc (SAM)". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Remarks by President Trump Before Dinner with Business Leaders". The White House. 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  3. ^ Andersen, Travis; Chesto, Jon (2018-08-09). "Boston Beer boss tells Trump that tax cut helps his company 'kick ass'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  4. ^ "Greg Koch". RateBeer. February 22, 2002. Retrieved October 26, 2017.