Latino-influenced brewery welcomes former Surly, Fulton brewer to team
Dicky Lopez has officially joined La Doña Cervecería as the head brewer as the brewery prepares for its opening this summer. A brewer of the Surly and Fulton pedigrees and a former head brewer at Northgate Brewing, Lopez’s broad experience over the years made him the perfect fit.
Lopez got started in the industry with Surly, delivering beer and learning distribution. Eventually, he moved his way up, working on cellaring and mechanics and assisting lead brewers in the industry. From there, he started his nearly two-year tenure as the head brewer at Northgate Brewing and eventually moving on to Fulton. “He’s done just about everything and that made him a clear favorite,” Sergio Manancero, the brewery’s President, said.
“Having input on recipe development is one of the things I believe most people find interesting in the brewing community and it’s the primary reason for my excitement. My friends and family are equally happy for this opportunity for me to further my learning and career.” says Dicky. “Also, I think the brand and concept are quite interesting considering it’s an open invitation to POC in our community as well as the general population. I know it seems a little weird saying it like that, but most people used to stick to their neighborhood or to the stores and restaurants that appease their ethnic bases. This will be a place for all people to understand more about Latino culture as well as come together to celebrate the greatest part of this country, our diversity.”
Photo caption: Sergio Manancero (left) and Dicky Lopez overseeing construction at La Doña Cervecería.
La Doña is owned and operated by Sergio Manancero, a former Marine and son of Uruguayan immigrants. After officially launching the brand at the Taco Tour on Lake Street in 2016, he hand delivered beer around the Twin Cities in a van between classes and his full-time job at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated in December with a Sociology degree. He plans to leverage La Doña Cervecería’s B-corp status, Latino-influence and heritage to further inspire and empower not only the Latinx of the Twin Cities, but aspiring entrepreneurs of all ethnic backgrounds.
For more information, please contact Sergio Manancero at firstname.lastname@example.org