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Here is the story of how we got here:

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July 21, 1888. The Blanco-Herrera family establishes Cervecería La Tropical on lands once owned by Federico Kohly. Cuba’s Oldest Brewery grows and grows, and by 1958 La Tropical accounts for over 60% of all beer production in Cuba, making the brand world-renowned. La Tropical stands alongside cigars, rum and music as the pride of Cuba.

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“La Tropical founded the Cuban beer industry. La Tropical comprised acre upon acre of a brewery, tropical gardens and a baseball stadium, whose in-field sand was made of crushed La Tropical bottles. There were many owners, but my family held majority ownership. As a kid, I loved going to the brewery with my father. I can still smell the sweet and thick malty scent coming from the brewery.”

Ramon Blanco-Herrera
4th Generation La Tropical Family Member
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The La Tropical beer gardens are opened, near the banks of the Almendares River, and quickly become a must-go destination for cold cerveza, fun, music and dance. Designed by Cuban architect Ramón Magriñá, the gardens were inspired by the Spanish gardens of Gaudí. Los Jardines de La Tropical included a botanical Tropical garden with a multitude of concrete structures designed in a modernist and organic style, as well as a replica castle of the Alhambra de Granada in Spain.

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“My father was the General Manager of the brewery and we lived in an exquisite castle within Los Jardines de La Tropical. They were the happiest days of my childhood.”

Sylvia Muñiz de Murai
Daughter of La Tropical General Manager in Cuba (1922-2016)
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The arrival of the revolution in Cuba begins and La Tropical’s assets are seized. The Cuban exodus begins and over one million Cubans flee the island, including the now impoverished Blanco-Herrera and Kohly families. Miami welcomes them with open arms.

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“It was Christmas Eve, December 24, 1960, when our world changed forever and our family was forced to flee our Cuban homeland. The Castro government stole our home and investment properties. My mother was widowed, with three young children, and landed in Miami with only $5 in her pocket. It was very tough at first. Sixty years later, Miami became our new home and where my children were born and raised.”

Graziella Rodriguez-Kohly
4th Generation Kohly and Mother of Manny Portuondo
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Inside Cuba, La Tropical is now run by the revolution. La Tropical is eventually lost, but never forgotten.

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“They came at gunpoint to take the brewery. I was one of the last senior managers at the brewery that day and was forced to hand over the keys. They knew about managing a brewery, what I knew about going to the moon.”

Julio Fernandez-Selles
Last Master Brewer of Cervecería La Tropical (pre-revolution) 1917-2002
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Manny Portuondo, great-great grandson of Federico Kohly makes it his passion project in life to bring La Tropical back. At the age of 32, after a successful career with Anheuser-Busch and the Brahma Brewery of Brazil, he mortgages his home and raises capital from the prominent Cuban American community in Miami, including Ramon Blanco-Herrera.Three Palms Holdings is formed and for two decades Manny Portuondo fights to secure control of the La Tropical brand in key markets throughout the world.

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“In my early 30s, I entered a phase where I longed to learn more about where I came from and how my family got to the United States of America. I became fascinated with my family’s past and the La Tropical story in particular. Not long after, I decided to do something about it and fight back.”

Manny Portuondo
5th Generation Kohly, Founder of Three Palms Holdings & CEO of Cervecería La Tropical
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La Tropical hosts a teaser beer launch in the heart of Miami under license with the Boston Beer Company. The launch is a great success with customers lining up for hours to taste the original recipe of La Tropical’s award-winning La Original Ambar Lager at a local Wynwood brewery. Very quickly, La Tropical becomes a best seller. La Tropical generates local and international attention that leads to interest from many of the world’s largest brewers.

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After two decades of fighting to save La Tropical, Three Palms Holdings completes the majority sale of La Tropical brand to Heineken NV. With no physical brewery, Heineken makes a significant investment to build a Miami home for Cervecería La Tropical. Scouting begins for the perfect site. A ¾ acre site in the Wynwood Arts District is acquired and construction begins in 2019 to include a 32 thousand hectoliter per year brewery, tap room, restaurant and beer garden. A true destination brewery for beer drinkers with capacity for over 800 guests.

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“The La Tropical story is a universal story of loss and rebirth that everyone can relate to. The brand also had a proud and award-winning past that made it world famous. We’re proud to do our part to help La Tropical make it so again.”

Marc Busain
President, Heineken Americas
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Cervecería La Tropical has a new Miami home, a testament to perseverance, passion, hard work and the belief that all is possible if you dare to make your dreams come true. Over a century in the making, and inspired by the tropics, Cuba’s Oldest Brewery is now one of Miami’s Youngest.

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“A man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. For over two decades, I’ve dedicated my life to carrying away the small stones off the La Tropical mountain. However, I still feel like now is just the beginning of the journey, and not the end of it. Never forgetting our Cuban soul, La Tropical is ready to bring Miami sun, fun, and rhythm to people everywhere”

Manny Portuondo
5thGeneration Kohly family member, Founder Three Palms Holdings
& CEO of Cervecería La Tropical
Previous Next
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July 21, 1888. The Blanco-Herrera family establishes Cervecería La Tropical on lands once owned by Federico Kohly. Cuba’s Oldest Brewery grows and grows, and by 1958 La Tropical accounts for over 60% of all beer production in Cuba, making the brand world-renowned. La Tropical stands alongside cigars, rum and music as the pride of Cuba.

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“La Tropical founded the Cuban beer industry. La Tropical comprised acre upon acre of a brewery, tropical gardens and a baseball stadium, whose in-field sand was made of crushed La Tropical bottles. There were many owners, but my family held majority ownership. As a kid, I loved going to the brewery with my father. I can still smell the sweet and thick malty scent coming from the brewery.”

Ramon Blanco-Herrera
4th Generation La Tropical Family Member
Previous Next
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The La Tropical beer gardens are opened, near the banks of the Almendares River, and quickly become a must-go destination for cold cerveza, fun, music and dance. Designed by Cuban architect Ramón Magriñá, the gardens were inspired by the Spanish gardens of Gaudí. Los Jardines de La Tropical included a botanical Tropical garden with a multitude of concrete structures designed in a modernist and organic style, as well as a replica castle of the Alhambra de Granada in Spain.

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“My father was the General Manager of the brewery and we lived in an exquisite castle within Los Jardines de La Tropical. They were the happiest days of my childhood.”

Sylvia Muñiz de Murai
Daughter of La Tropical General Manager in Cuba (1922-2016)
Previous Next
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The arrival of the revolution in Cuba begins and La Tropical’s assets are seized. The Cuban exodus begins and over one million Cubans flee the island, including the now impoverished Blanco-Herrera and Kohly families. Miami welcomes them with open arms.

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“It was Christmas Eve, December 24, 1960, when our world changed forever and our family was forced to flee our Cuban homeland. The Castro government stole our home and investment properties. My mother was widowed, with three young children, and landed in Miami with only $5 in her pocket. It was very tough at first. Sixty years later, Miami became our new home and where my children were born and raised.”

Graziella Rodriguez-Kohly
4th Generation Kohly and Mother of Manny Portuondo
Previous Next
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Inside Cuba, La Tropical is now run by the revolution. La Tropical is eventually lost, but never forgotten.

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“They came at gunpoint to take the brewery. I was one of the last senior managers at the brewery that day and was forced to hand over the keys. They knew about managing a brewery, what I knew about going to the moon.”

Julio Fernandez-Selles
Last Master Brewer of Cervecería La Tropical (pre-revolution) 1917-2002
Previous Next
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Manny Portuondo, great-great grandson of Federico Kohly makes it his passion project in life to bring La Tropical back. At the age of 32, after a successful career with Anheuser-Busch and the Brahma Brewery of Brazil, he mortgages his home and raises capital from the prominent Cuban American community in Miami, including Ramon Blanco-Herrera.Three Palms Holdings is formed and for two decades Manny Portuondo fights to secure control of the La Tropical brand in key markets throughout the world.

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“In my early 30s, I entered a phase where I longed to learn more about where I came from and how my family got to the United States of America. I became fascinated with my family’s past and the La Tropical story in particular. Not long after, I decided to do something about it and fight back.”

Manny Portuondo
5th Generation Kohly, Founder of Three Palms Holdings & CEO of Cervecería La Tropical
Previous Next
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La Tropical hosts a teaser beer launch in the heart of Miami under license with the Boston Beer Company. The launch is a great success with customers lining up for hours to taste the original recipe of La Tropical’s award-winning La Original Ambar Lager at a local Wynwood brewery. Very quickly, La Tropical becomes a best seller. La Tropical generates local and international attention that leads to interest from many of the world’s largest brewers.

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Previous Next
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After two decades of fighting to save La Tropical, Three Palms Holdings completes the majority sale of La Tropical brand to Heineken NV. With no physical brewery, Heineken makes a significant investment to build a Miami home for Cervecería La Tropical. Scouting begins for the perfect site. A ¾ acre site in the Wynwood Arts District is acquired and construction begins in 2019 to include a 32 thousand hectoliter per year brewery, tap room, restaurant and beer garden. A true destination brewery for beer drinkers with capacity for over 800 guests.

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“The La Tropical story is a universal story of loss and rebirth that everyone can relate to. The brand also had a proud and award-winning past that made it world famous. We’re proud to do our part to help La Tropical make it so again.”

Marc Busain
President, Heineken Americas
Previous Next
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Cervecería La Tropical has a new Miami home, a testament to perseverance, passion, hard work and the belief that all is possible if you dare to make your dreams come true. Over a century in the making, and inspired by the tropics, Cuba’s Oldest Brewery is now one of Miami’s Youngest.

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“A man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. For over two decades, I’ve dedicated my life to carrying away the small stones off the La Tropical mountain. However, I still feel like now is just the beginning of the journey, and not the end of it. Never forgetting our Cuban soul, La Tropical is ready to bring Miami sun, fun, and rhythm to people everywhere”

Manny Portuondo
5thGeneration Kohly family member, Founder Three Palms Holdings
& CEO of Cervecería La Tropical