Cuba’s Oldest Brewery Is Opening on February 19th in Wynwood

Cervecería La Tropical will celebrate its grand opening in South Florida on February 19, 2021
Photo Credit: Cerveceria La Tropical

The highly-anticipated Cervecería La Tropical, Miami’s newest brewery, will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, February 19 in the Wynwood Arts District with live music acts throughout the weekend. Embracing the alluring and high-energy spirit of Miami by way of Cuba, Latin America, and the Caribbean, La Tropical will feature a state-of-the-art onsite brewing operation, accompanied by a taproom, restaurant, and botanical garden, as well as, an ongoing event schedule, art installations and live music stage.

La Tropical has an annual brewing capacity of 32,000 hectoliters per year and can house up to 800 craft beer lovers. The brewery will be led by Brew Master Matt Weintraub, who earned his reputation creating award-winning craft beer at the Florida International University Brewing Program. The taproom will offer over 20 handcrafted beers passionately choreographed to create a dance of the senses, ranging from lagers, IPAs, sours, barrel-aged, and ales infused with local ingredients and the brand’s flagship La Original Ambar Lager, whose recipe is inspired by the original dating back to 1888.

Cervecería La Tropical will celebrate its grand opening in South Florida on February 19, 2021
Photo Credit: Cerveceria La Tropical

The 28,000 square-foot space will also house a Latin Caribbean-inspired restaurant by Miami’s own Chef Cindy Hutson. Outdoors, consumers can explore a lush 10,000 square-foot botanical tropical garden – Jardines La Tropical – and, in keeping with the neighborhood, a selection of commissioned murals and art by local artists.

The brewery’s popularity dates to 1888 when Cervecería La Tropical was inaugurated, establishing the Cuban beer industry. La Tropical was originally founded by the Blanco Herrera family on the banks of the Almendares River near a section of Havana known as Kohly. This area was established by Federico Kohly, who sold the land for the brewery to the Blanco Herreras. La Tropical quickly became a source of national pride, recognized as the largest and most popular brewery on the island, and considered a must-visit for locals and tourists alike for cold cervezas, live music, dancing, and walks in the tropical garden that was later built-in 1904.

Cervecería La Tropical
Photo Credit: Cervecería La Tropical

Manny Portuondo, CEO, Cerveceria La Tropical, and great-great-grandson of Federico Kohly said: “The rebirth of Cervecería La Tropical represents a dream come true, fulfilling a lifelong passion to resurrect the brewery with a new permanent home in Miami – a city infused with Latin and Caribbean sabor. More than a century after La Tropical was originally founded, I am proud and excited to be creating a new cerveza, food, and cultural destination that unites La Tropical’s Cuban soul with Miami’s diverse and unique culture that has made the city the Gateway of the Americas.”

Marc Busain, President HEINEKEN Americas said: “The La Tropical story is a universal tale of loss and rebirth that everyone can relate to. The brand also had a proud and award-winning past that made it world famous. HEINEKEN is proud to lead this venture and help La Tropical make it so again. We look forward to seeing consumer reception of this exciting beer brand and to accelerating the roll-out to additional markets in due course.”

La Tropical will celebrate its grand opening on February 19, 2021, in Wynwood at 42 NE 25th Street and will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 PM-11 PM; Friday from 4 PM-2 AM (12 AM during curfew); Saturday from 12 PM-2 AM (12 AM during curfew), and Sunday from 12 PM-11 PM. The brewery also has plans to distribute its beer in cans and on draft at local restaurants, bars, and supermarkets from Palm Beach to Key West, starting in March. For more information please visit www.cervecerialatropical.com.

Zulma Torres

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