America is built on the dreams and triumphs of people who took a chance to pursue better. Driven by the pioneering spirit that made our country so very great from its inception, we have supported thousands of other craftspeople growing their own small business.
Jim Koch started Sam Adams in his kitchen in 1984, when imports and mass domestics were the only option for beer lovers. In turn, he ignited a revolution, the craft beer movement, inspiring a whole new category that’s produced millions of jobs in communities from coast-to-coast. It’s not just about brewing a better beer. It’s about waking up every day to do something you love.
Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream launches with first loan recipient
Expansion from Boston to Northeast communities
Brewing the American Dream hosts the first ever Pitch Room Competition
The first Brewing the American Dream Webinars are launched.
Brewing the American Dream goes National
Sam Adams and its nonprofit lending partners celebrate $15 million lent through Brewing the American Dream
Brewing the American Dream celebrates its 10 year anniversary
Brewing the American Dream expands the circle of nonprofit partners powering the program to support small business owners
From providing thousands of small business owners with critical advice to gaining access to capital, together with our nonprofit lending partners, we help people pursue their passion.
Our program participants really inspire our work. Because as we see it, we’re all in this together. Check out a few highlights from some of the men and women pursuing their American Dream.
When Riccardo Romero couldn't get a bank loan to finance his first restaurant, he relied on money borrowed from friends. Ultimately, he received a loan through Brewing the American Dream's nonprofit lending partner, which enabled him to expand his original location to almost double its size.
After being laid off in 2009, Kris Schoenberger decided it was time to build something of his own. He hosted a cookout at his home for a hundred people and on the way out, a close friend asked Kris to cater his wedding. The rest is history.
BeeHive Oven began in 2012 when hurricane Sandy hit New York. Chef Treva Chadwell and her husband John used the recipes and flavors that they grew up with in Texas to prepare delicious food for volunteers helping with the recovery and those effected. In May 2014 BeeHive Oven opened its first restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY serving comfort food that takes one to a feeling of “home.”
Dinah Grossman was a pastry chef with 17 years of experience when she found and bought her grandmother’s childhood soda shop from the 1920’s. With the help of Brewing the American Dream, Spinning J's first year of business, Dinah and her husband and co-owner grew the staff from five to 17 employees.
Jessica Spaulding learned to make all types of chocolate at just 10 years old. Today she produces bars, bark, and brownies inspired by the rich ethnic heritage of her native Harlem community.
Adventure loving surfer, Brad Keiller, pursued his dream in opening up his very own donut shop. Nomad Donuts was born out of the core value of exploration; from flavors to experiences and everything nook and cranny in-between. Despite their worldly tastes, Nomad Donuts is very passionate about their North Park, CA community.