Today we're thrilled to announce three new Dragons for Season 10 — Manjit Minhas, Michele Romanow, and Joe Mimran!
She trained as a petroleum engineer but the barrels she's built her fortune on are full of beer. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, 34-year-old Manjit Minhas is the co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery. In 1999, Manjit was 19 years-old when she and her brother launched their first beer in Alberta. Manjit sold her car to help fund that venture. Now, they’ve built that business into a group of companies that had excess of $155-million in revenue last year.
In 2006 Manjit and her brother purchased the second oldest brewery in the United States and renamed it "Minhas Craft Brewery". At the time that 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. 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.
Manjit studied Petroleum Engineering but wound up becoming a builder of brands, and a deal-maker extraordinaire -- 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.
It’s not just a booze business - Manjit is a specialist in brand development, marketing, sales management and retail negotiations. She’s 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.
Manjit lives in Calgary with her husband and two young daughters.
Welcome to the Den, Manjit! We'll see you when Season 10 starts in Fall 2015!