Miami’s newest brewery is an ode to Cuba’s oldest one as Cervecería La Tropical (42 NE 25th Street) makes its grand debut in Wynwood this Friday, February 19, boasting a taproom serving beers crafted on-site and a restaurant by acclaimed Miami chef Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile fame.
The brewery has a long and storied history, originally debuting in Cuba in 1888 and helping establish the beer industry on the island. The brand has been in the United States for more than 20 years through the sale of its Florida-brewed pilsner beer and La Tropical’s La Original Ambar Lager, whose recipe is inspired by the original.
For the new Miami outpost, the company teamed up with Heineken beer to bring the space to life. The 28,000 square-foot space boasts a taproom serving up beers brewed on-site, led by brew master Matt Weintraub. The space also features a restaurant showcasing Hutson’s signature Caribbean-Latin cuisine which, of course, pairs well with beer. The casual menu boasts items like warm chicharrones with citrus coffee salt; pumpkin bisque; Cuban sandwich empanadas; curry jerk chicken wings; pulled pork topped flatbread; fried whole fish; and more.
Outdoors there’s a 10,000 square-foot botanical tropical garden – dubbed Jardines La Tropical – and, in keeping with the famously artsy feel of the neighborhood, it showcases commissioned murals and art by local artists.
La Tropical will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m.; Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (midnight during curfew); Saturday from noon to 2 a.m. (midnight during curfew); and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m.