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Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
Based on:
315 Beers
40,452 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 195
Visits: 605
Avg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

3924 W Spruce St
Ste A
Tampa, Florida, 33607-2441
United States
phone: (813) 348-6363

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cigarcitybeer

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2008

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Reviews: 195 | Visits: 605
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I'm not sure I get all the rave reviews of the PLACE. Yes, they do make some fabulous beers ... but the place itself is nothing special, they rarely have the fabulous beers on tap, and the one off stuff is generally of moderate quality.

Vibe is bustling, packed with a lot of tourists it seems (hell, I was one of them), an older crowd than, say Cycle / Coppertail / Angry Chair. More "bros". The space itself is nothing special; big gift shop stuck between the two bar area selling an odd assortment of items including CCB branded skateboards and soap is odd and seems to speak to the tourist trap idea; grab a crappy momento of your visit. No real attention given to making the place pleasant; main drinking area is just a box room with no windows and a few scattered tables. There are a number of taps but they center on IPA variations that aren't very inspiring and low abv German and English styles (ESBs, Helles Lagers, etc). Fine drinkable brews but nothing I'd go out of my way for. If you think you'll get something like Zhukov you're mistaken. The variations / casks of the browns were the nicest surprise during my visit.

Service was competent, kept the crowds moving.

As an out of towner, a let down. No real local feel, nothing special on tap. I'd much rather have spent more time at Coppertail, Angry Chair, Green Bench, Rapp, or visiting another brewery such as 7th Sun.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Extremely busy night. Very crowded and loud, yet the bartenders were still on point. Didnt take too long to get a drink. Try to stop by every time I am in the area.

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Photo of shelt11
4.67/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Such a cool place. I would recommend to anyone in the area. Very large building, tours by the hour, multiple areas to get beer, crowlers readily available, etc. Impressed!

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place seems like a pretty cool hang out spot. As soon as you walk in there are coolers full of bottles and 6 pack can for sale. Then there is the growler fill up station, with a large selection to choose from. Past the merchandise area is the main bar, with an even bigger selection at good prices. The staff was quick and was really knowledgeable about their product.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

V: Really informal, parking lot was really empty, showed up at 11:03 for the 11:00 tour. Walked into the tap room and bartender sent me into the area where tours start. Guide was hanging out talking with others before tour started. Allowed me to take my kids along and see the tour.

Q: You can tell quality is what their after. They are a rapidly expanding brewery trying to keep up with the demand for their excellent beer. Tour guide explained that the 15 barrel, tanks in the tour room are the old tanks that were originally used to brew their beer but they have upgraded to larger 30 barrel tanks and put in the newly expanded area. Smaller tanks are now used for smaller batches and used in the tour room so patrons can see the beer being made.

S: Everyone here are very friendly and we loved the tour. As soon as I walked in the bartender was very helpful and said there would be no problem taking my kids along on the tour. We were in Tampa on vacation and this was on my must do list, so we picked a rainy day to leave the beach behind to do the tour and hit the aquarium. Tour guide was excellent and even though this was only his second tour, he was really beer savy and was able to give a wonderful tour. I know the tours will only get better with experience.

S: I have tried all of there widely available beers and was eager to try something new. I was fed a steady diet of their flagship Jai Alai while on the tour but also sampled their Patio Pils at the end. In the taproom the selection was great. Lots of their beers available and I left with a bomber of their latest release, two regular joes imperial stout and a crowler of a really excellent chocolate pumpkin ale called seasonal creep from the tap room.

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Photo of CHickman
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I did not take the tour, spending time in the really nice tasting room/bar. There are 2 bars, the one up front for drinking and growler fills and then one in the back with a bigger selection in the "bar" area. The place has TV's with sports on and the feel of a local tavern.

Very welcoming and relaxed environment with a knowledgeable bartender who was equally attentive, it was an ideal craft beer setting. Cigar City made this place right. It's a craft beer destination and not just a bar; it has the 2 bars where you can get growler fills, fridges to buy 6 packs or single bombers, a gift shop, and electronic beer menus above the bar that tell the basics of each brew and which are available for growler fills and those that are brewpub exclusives. Best feature was the iPad/tablet that had the beer list which the bartender would bring over to discuss with you before offering samples. World class set up.

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Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I feel Cigar City is like a Mecca for the craft beer world. You gotta go if you haven't been. It's just a really classic, cool brewery serving up amazing beer. The staff is friendly and helpful.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited March, 2015. Arrived shortly after opening. Nice selection of taps, decent selection of beers to go. Enjoyed the service and prices seemed fair. Would visit again if get the chance.

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Photo of kirkfrailey
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I just love this place! It is one of the tops on my list. Always a unique beer on tap and the atmosphere is true beer pub brewery at it's finest. Great service and great beer, what more can you say. 2015 Huna day was amazing.

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Photo of Sasquatch_31
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Went for Huna Day so I'm a little biased but the taste room selection was great along with the service. The new bar area really helps with the crowd. Everything on tap was great. The combination of flavors they experiment with all work.

Try the Strawberry Jalapeño PB&J Double Cream Ale if you have the chance. Tastes and smells like a Strawberry PB&J Uncrustable with a slight amount of heat in the throat. Sounds weird but works beautifully.

As for Huna Day, AWESOME, nothing else really needs to be said.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Cigar City was really great. Full size bar, excellent food truck out front, tons of CCB and a few other offerings on tap, as well as a separate bar just for growlers/crowlers/quarts. The only minor complaint I had was that the first server I got was relatively gruff and seemed quite pissy, though I'm sure it was just because it was really busy. Not a big deal, and everyone else was totally cool.

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Photo of magnusfl
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This year hunahpu's day event cost 200 for a 6 hour event which I thought was obscene price but as I worked the event as a volunteer as the 2nd shift gate captain and was shocked at the number of people who were will to shell out 200 in cash to get
in fact the 2000 ticket to the event sold out in 30 minutes.
and I did work also after my shift at the exit gate and ever saw so many happy people giving great praise to the event as there were 80 microbrewery's there from north America

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Handrolled cigars on premises? Yes please (and they were damn good cigars too! Especially for the price)!

LOTS of beer options. LOTS of solid beers at that. Plenty of beers for sale in cans AND an awesome snifter for purchase. Dare I say, the perfect snifter? Although mine unfortunately broke in transit on way back to New York, which is a severely depressing thought that makes me want to deduct a star out of revenge against the world. But I'll remain strong and remember the Peach American Sour Ale, which is about on par with Westbrook Gose, and all is forgiven. No wait, they served it in that beloved snifter. I hate everything...

Okay, I admit it. I foster way too much feeling towards glassware. Plus the ink peels easy and would've probably all been gone in a month anyway. Yeah. That makes me feel better.

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Photo of JonathannRobert
3.53/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I was saddened by my experience at Cigar City...

After I raved about how well they ran Hunahpu this year, I expected the tasting room to be as good of an experience. Unfortunately, I have never met a more arrogant bartending staff. Front of house service is number one for me, and theirs really left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Photo of mynie
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Incredibly spacious, no frills setup. That's important. As much as I love visiting, say, Three Floyds, it really sucks to have to stand in line for a half hour to get a spot at the bar.

The inside is sparse--woody interior, couple tvs, shuffleboard, handful of posters. There's a small to-go bar up front and a much longer and more fully staffed bar at the back, and even though it was 7PM on a Saturday we had no trouble finding a seat, no trouble getting served.

So, to recap, the vibe is plain--maybe even a little vacant or generic--but they exchange exciting ambience for unparalleled usability. That's not a bad trade off at all.

The beers, of course, are excellent. No shock there. But also nothing terribly hard to find. Which is good, because it means that Cigar City does wide releases of most of the beers they make. But also just a wee bit disappointing because it's nice to get to say you've had something new.

Don't got too much else to say. If you're in Tampa, then of course this is a must-visit. I was impressed was how accessible everything was.

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Photo of marieli
3.66/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

The tasting room at Cigar City is wonderful. It's a great place to sample beer (or have a full one) and have fun. Bar tenders could have been more friendly and helpful. If you're not a people person then find another job! The problem is all beers are at same temp. You'd think if anyplace would serve beers at the optimal temperature, it would be a brewery. Oh well.

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Photo of KSOZE
3.38/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25

Extremely disappointed. Was looking forward to this place the most from my trip. The vibe was "OK", and they had a good selection. Loved the fact they had easy to read constantly updated selection with boards showing last time tap lines cleaned. Service was very "meh" with a lot of beer snobby bartenders. Didn't like "Egg" the pub dog walking around on a Friday night with a ton of people clearly stressed out.

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

CCB is an excellent place to visit. Highly recommended! Probably the best beer tour I've ever been on. Fun, informative, and lots of beer. The taproom has a ton of beers on tap and solid service.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

The tasting room at the brewery is pretty awesome. Such a diverse variety of amazing beer. You can buy stuff to go- growlers, cans, merch, etc. This place is without a doubt my favorite Florida brewery. Jai Alai is one of the best IPAs I've had. The other beer styles they offer are stellar. They do have cask beers also!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is a can't-be-missed stop for any BA coming into or through the Tampa Bay Area. This brewery had a nice knowledgeable tour that included some fun samples of beers that weren't quite ready to be bottled, and the tour guide was really nice.

Good, rare release beers can often be had at the brewery only.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

visited 11-24

very nice place, roomy, well lit. It has two separate bar areas one for growler fills and one just to drink at. Very clean bathrooms and I thought the staff was nice. I would definitely hang out here and drink if I were in Tampa.

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Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Pretty open, two different bars, all kinds of growler options + crowler can option for shipping one-offs. Dog-friendly, pretty nonchalant staff, friendly regulars, smooth bottle releases for as big as the armies are at the front door.

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Photo of SassieCassie
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I absolutely love this place! If you are ever in the Tampa Bay area and enjoy great beer, do yourself a favor and pay these guys a visit. Inviting atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and they hook it up with "green beer samples... I was a little tipsy by the end of the tour.

Great place, great beer.

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Photo of Jamie4beer
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

The handful of visits, to include last year's Hunahpu fiasco, have all been a good time. Never seem to have any stouts in the taproom when I visit but will return any chance I get.

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Photo of Mangbus
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

A+ beers. A+ People. I always enjoy grabbing a flight of some of the beers at the back bar and grabbing a growler/bottles/cans to go on my way out. The tour was great. I try to make a trip here as often as possible.

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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
99 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.