Bokey is not just Sanford’s nickname – it’s soon to be a frothy beverage.

Sanford’s first brewery, Wop Hops, will unveil a new beer – The Bokey.

Greg Piecora, co-owner and head brewer at Wops Hops Brewing Co. (Facebook), says the beer will be a classic Rauchbier, which is a German smoked ale. The decision to brew a beer honoring Sanford was an idea first floated by Paul Williams, owner of West End Trading Co. Piecora chose to brew a Rauchbier because of its connections to Sanford.

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Greg Piecora, left, and Peter Minelga, plan to open Wops Hops Brewing Co. in the Stokes Fish Market building on Sanford Ave.

Greg Piecora evaluated a number of places to locate his business, Wops Hops Brewing Co. Conventional wisdom dictated that Winter Park and Maitland were among the top choices.

Piecora chose Sanford.

“I love a city with personality, and Sanford has personality,” Piecora says. “We could have been anywhere, but this city has a heartbeat. The history, the people, the vibe — this place is real.”