ArtWorks’ largest mural to date features Sam Adams founder Jim Koch

No one can deny that Jim Koch has left his mark in his hometown of Cincinnati.

Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams and Boston Beer Co., is prominently featured in “Cheers to Cincy, Brewing the American Dream,” the latest and largest mural to be created in conjunction with ArtWorks, Greater Cincinnati’s award-winning nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity.

Koch was in town last week to mark the completion of the mural, an event that coincided with the first day of Blink. After a brief meeting between Koch and Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval at the Sam Adams taproom, the two led their respective retinas across the street to take in the mural firsthand.

“To me, this is amazing,” Koch said. “To put up a 10,000-square-foot mural in my hometown – it’s the largest mural in Cincinnati. That’s so cool. I’ve always thought of brewing as an art, and I realized I have no talents beyond that. So to be a boss of this artwork that employed 40 Cincinnatians … to be a part of that, that’s cool.”

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Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval and Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams and Boston Beer Co., at the unveiling of the new ArtWorks mural on the Central Parkway-facing wall of the Samuel Adams Brewery in West End.

Spanning more than 10,000 square feet on the Central Parkway-facing wall of the Samuel Adams Brewery, the mural – designed by local artist Tom Post – depicts Koch and his place in the brewing tradition of the Queen City.

“This mural represents the past, present and future of the craft brewing industry,” Koch said. “We are always looking for ways to support local artists and entrepreneurs through projects like this mural and programs like ‘Brewing the American Dream,’ which provides resources to first-stage businesses. We look forward to expanding our footprint in Cincinnati for years to come.”

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