Congratulations to John Cornejo '97, the founder and owner of the Spicket River Brewery, who was recently featured in The Eagle-Tribune: Bodega Juice, camaraderie, on tap.
Above photo of John Cornejo '97: Tim Jean, Eagle-Tribune staff photo
As founder of the Spicket River Brewery, John Cornejo '97 is the driving force in creating a brewery and cultural hub in a revitalized mill building not far from the mouth of the Spicket River.
John is proud to be the first Latino brewery owner in Massachusetts.
Two years ago, John opened the brewery and has overcome the Lawrence gas explosions and the pandemic to build a successful business featuring:
- homemade beer,
- a farm-to-table-menu,
- a large outdoor patio and courtyard,
- an outdoor stage to host live, local music
- a food truck that attends local festivals and events.
John works to highlight local arts and culture while building partnerships with local businesses, groups, and non-profits, including the Clean River Project and Groundworks Lawrence.
The brewery features the art work of local artists, including fellow CCHS alum Marquis Victor '04, founder of Elevated Thought, who collaborated on a colorful three-story outdoor mural on the outside of the brewery, a former textile mill at 56 Island Street.
John's vendors and sources for his farm-to-table menu include two CCHS businesses:
- Pleasant Valley Gardens: the Bonanno Family Farm (Dr. A. Richard Bonanno '75)
- Mann Orchard (Matt Fitzgerald '02)
During the pandemic, John even hosted a beer tasting online for the CCHS Faculty & Staff, helping to keep their spirits up!
John was featured two years ago in Merrimack Valley Magazine:
Photo Credit: Kevin Harkins
Congratulations and good to luck to John and his team at the Spicket River Brewery!