Esteban Silva has fond memories of his time at McKinsey, one of the largest consulting companies in the world. Like every McKinsey consultant, Esteban worked almost every waking hour of the day, met with executives all around the world, wore a suit, and received a handsome salary.
Yet, when this charismatic entrepreneur with a relaxed smile and a beard quit his job in 2014, he had no regrets. He was about to start a brewery from scratch in his hometown of Colima (population: 120,000 people) and live closer to nature. Cerveceria de Colima started with just one brand, the lager “Colimita,” and has since introduced six other varieties. They are sold in Latin America, Europe, and the US. For Esteban, the best thing about the business is that he didn’t have to give up his siestas and swim breaks.