34-year-old Manjit Minhas is the co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery and a Dragon on Dragon’s Den. Though trained as a petroleum engineer, she has become a specialist in brand development, marketing, sales management and retail negotiations, having been recognized for several business industry awards such as PROFIT magazine’s “Top Growth Entrepreneur”, Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, Calgary’s Top 40 under 40, Chatelaine Magazine’s “Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year 2011” and The Sikh Centennial Foundation Award 2014.
When Manjit Minhas was 19 years old, she and her brother Ravinder scraped together $10,000 to launch their first beer in Alberta. In 2006, they purchased the second oldest brewery in the United States and renamed it “Minhas Craft Brewery.” At the time, this acquisition officially made the Minhas siblings the youngest brewery owners in the world.
Their brewery in Monroe, Wisconsin is now the 10th largest in North America, and as a brand they produce more than 90 beers, spirits, liqueurs and wines that ship all across Canada and the U.S., as well as overseas to 15 different countries. Minhas Brewery makes all of the Kirkland brand beer for Costco worldwide, as well as all the craft beers under Trader Joes’ label in the US. Today they run a group of companies that generated over $155-million in revenue last year.
Manjit lives in Calgary, where she was born and raised, with her husband and two young daughters.