Jaime Hernandez and Tony Santa Cruz met at their jobs working for a phone company when they discovered their mutual love of brewing beer. After Hernandez pursued his MBA from DeVry University, the two decided to open Telco Brewery, the only Hispanic-owned microbrewery in the area. During the pandemic, the pair pivoted to a to-go business and are excited to celebrate the brewery’s third anniversary in person this month.

What inspired you to start your business?

Hernandez: After a trip to Pikes Brewery in Seattle, I wanted to be a part of the brewery scene. When I got back to L.A., I started linking with neighboring breweries only to find that there were only a handful. So I focused my MBA thesis on opening a brewery. Mind you I didn’t know how to brew. I wanted to learn but that’s how Tony and I started getting together and making beer at home. 

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