A Miami Original

There are many definitions and versions of the Miami we all know and love. For some of us, it’s a safe haven from difficulty, for others, it’s a glorious watering hole quenching our thirst for culture, and yet, for all of us, it’s home. In our little tropical oasis, we have all come to relate to the many aspects of its ever-growing personality, and through the all the craziness, members of our community have still managed to carve out a place for themselves where they can spend their days inspiring us to do better, be better, and feel better. This selflessness and reminder for authentic connection is what we believe makes someone a true Miami Original. 

Whether they were born here or not, it doesn’t take birth or blood to make someone want to leave their current city better than when they found it. Through self-expression or just sharing a great recipe, Miami’s many creative communities are home to some true OGs and one of the city’s favorite home-brewed beers is transforming its brand into a platform that magnifies these inspiring stories. Through its recently-launched Miami Original campaign, Havana Lager is seeking to define what it means to be a Miami Original from the unique perspective of influential Miamians in their own right.

Cuban-born and Miami-bred, Giovanny Gutierrez brings six years of hospitality experience to the table in his role as U.S. Havana Club Ambassador. From developing and executing trainings to founding ChatChowTV, Gio satiates his insatiable thirst through educating and inspiring those around him by creating unforgettable spirited experiences with anyone that luckily crosses his path. While he lives and breathes Miami, you will typically find him traveling the country—hosting events and seminars, guest bartending anywhere where they’ll let him shake up a daiquiri, and representing all things Cuba.
MJ Algarra was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and has been in the USA for 9 years. MJ is the founder of the non-profit organization, Clean This Beach Up (@cleanthisbeachup). Based in Miami, they are focused on educating the community about plastic pollution and sustainability. They organized more 2,500 volunteers and collected over 20,000 from Miami’s waterways in 2020 alone!
Born and raised in South Florida, Nathan Delinois – AKA Nate Dee – has numerous influences… this includes his Haitian background and the use of color in a lot of Haitian art, as well as in street art. The design quality of the Art Nouveau movement and the drama of Greek art from the Hellenistic. These elements can be seen in his work. Additionally, he takes some influences from the pop surrealists. He has been featured in magazines such as Delve, Making Waves, WeMerge, DUO & the Miami New Times. In 2014 The New Times listed him as one of the 10 Miami Artists to follow on Instagram. In 2013 he was also given an Honorable mention by the magazine for their 2013 Miami Masterminds awards. He’s been featured on multiple blogs and has displayed his work in exhibits throughout South Florida.

What does being a Miami Original mean to you? Tell us on Instagram at @DrinkHavanaLager