In Puebla, Mexico, Climaco was raised, where he developed a passion for bartending and service. He remembered memories of drinking piña coladas from hollowed-out pineapples as a teenager in an August talk, which became one of his signature drinks as a bar owner and bartender.
At 17, he began to work at a nightclub where he learned the fundamentals of bartending. In 2010, he moved to the United States, hoping to own his own company one day. At Portland Community College, he put himself through business classes and eventually began making non-alcoholic piña coladas, served in pineapples, at outdoor events like the Jazz Festival in Cathedral Park.
5 years ago I told myself “One day I will have a cocktail bar and share the most incredible drinks with this city.” …
In the summer of 2020, the popularity of his pop-ups gave him the impetus to open Tropicale with restaurateur Matt Lynch. He founded Mexican, first a table set up at the Portland Mercado in 2015, then a roving Caribbean piña colada stands popular at festivals and street fairs across Portland, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive.