July 22nd, 2014
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An ice-cold Corona with a slice of lime is what often comes to mind with Hispanic beers. But a growing cadre of Latino brew masters is working to change that.

Among them is Juan Camilo, a 28 year old Dominican-American entrepreneur who two years ago turned his beer brewing hobby into a full-fledged business. He quit his job on Wall Street and, with a home-made recipe and a passion for beer, opened the Dyckman Beer Company, hailed as New York City's first Latino-owned brewery.

Camilo, who was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic but grew up in upper Manhattan and the Bronx, plans to produce a line of beer that captures the essence, culture and flavors of New York's Latino neighborhoods.

"I just started experimenting with and adding different fruits and food that I grew up drinking and eating," Camillo said.

His first creation is a sweet honey and spicy citrus pilsner style lager that he calls "Dyckman Brew," named after a popular street bordering the now-trendy upper Manhattan neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights.

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  1. Berk Demirbulakli

    This guy should probably stick to making tacos and cutting lawns.

    August 22, 2014 at 11:01 am |
  2. Corona Check

    Corona is considered peasant beer in Mexico. They prefer Heineken or Bohemia by far. Do you know why a lime wedge was originally put in the neck of the Corona bottle? To keep flies out.

    July 23, 2014 at 10:50 am |
    • Partisan

      Corona tastes like it was strained through a pair of dirty socks. If you want exotic, try Asahi, Kirin or Tsing Tao instead.

      July 23, 2014 at 10:58 am |
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