Boston Beer Company was founded in 1984 by Jim Koch and Rhonda Kallman. Koch came from a long line of family beer makers, so he set out to make a unique, American style beer. The original beer was Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The name comes from the Boston patriot Samuel Adams who, in addition to fighting for independence, was an avid beer brewer.
Today, the company is the second largest brewer in America, with $903 million in revenue in 2014, along with nearly 1,400 full time employees. The company went public on the NYSE under the ticker symbol: SAM in 1995. These shares have no voting rights, however, as the Boston Beer Company holds 10 percent of the Class B Common Stock shares.
In 2008, Koch began the Brewing the American Dream program, which has helped more than 4,000 entrepreneurs launch their dream of owning their own businesses.