Charles J. Koch Jr. was brewer, father of Boston Beer founder

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Retired brewer Charles J. Koch Jr., father of Boston Beer Co. founder
Jim Koch, died Monday at his family farm in Georgetown. He was 88.

A Cincinnati native and graduate of Withrow High School and the
University of Cincinnati, Mr. Koch was an apprentice starting before
World War II at some of the city's best-known breweries including
Wiedemann, Hudepohl, Burger, Bavarian and Schoenling Brewing Co.

But possibly his greatest legacy was an attic trunk of brewing
memorabilia, including beer recipes dating back to the 1800s, which
became the foundation of his eldest son Jim's beer business. Boston
Beer was a pioneer in the American craft brewing industry.

In 1996, Boston Beer acquired the former Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewery
in the West End. As part of a renovation in 2005, one of the brewery's
two copper brewing kettles was named in Mr. Koch's honor.

Mr. Koch operated a company distributing brewing and specialty
chemicals until his retirement in 1987. He was also the
longest-serving member on Boston Beer's board of directors.

An avid automobile collector, Mr. Koch was a sponsor at the Ault Park
Concours d'Elegance classic car event each summer.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Dorothy Kautz; four
children, Charles James (Jim) of Boston, William Koch, Lisa Green and
Susan Koch; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grand children.

Funeral services are private.

Donations can be made to the Georgetown High School Scholarship
Foundation, c/o Eric Toole, 987 Mount Orab Heights, Georgetown, OH
45121; or to the Cincinnati Concours Foundation, 346 Stanley Ave.
Suite One West, Cincinnati OH 45277.

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http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20110615/NEWS0104/106160323

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