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Cigar City Brewing

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3.98/5
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99
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211
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669
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4.48
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5.36%
 
 
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Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

3924 W Spruce St
Ste A
Tampa, Florida, 33607-2441
United States

(813) 348-6363 | map
www.cigarcitybrewing.com

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Reviews by MarcatGSB:
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5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A true beer destination all on it's own. They are growing, and in a good way. Expanding their production facility, canning, adding more barrel aged beers to their line up, adding new treatments to already great beers. Wow.
We spent 5 out of our 9 nights in the Tampa area at CCB. Each of which held great surprises. The first night we pulled up, we were amazed by the size of the facility. I guess they just bought a good portion of the buildings around them, and expanded the tap room...literally weeks before we arrived. I never would have known had I not asked. The initial room that you walk into (which used to be THE brew pub) is now the "growler bar". They have ten or so taps in the growler bar that you can fill 32 oz. or 128 oz. growlers, and enjoy a pint. Great idea...stops congestion at the other bar, and they sometimes slip different beers onto the growler bar without posting them on the screen in the main pub.

After walking thru the growler room/store front area, the back bar opens up into a long room with a shuffle board table on one side (awesome, love this classic game), and a long 15-20 seat bar with 8 to 10 tables varying in sizes through the area.
It's an impressive bar, really. 40 taps, with a huge 50 inch TV above with an easy to read, update the second tap list. Boom, as soon as something new is put it, it's added to the tap list on the computer, a quick refresh, and it's listed. Name, style, abv, size pour, price. How awesome is that?
Jake was behind the bar the first night, and I could tell he wasn't really a bartender, but we started talking with him, and he was a really nice guy. As it turns out, he does all the treatments for the beer...I find this out as I'm drinking White Oak Jai Alai and it was wonderful, so I made sure I gave him his due praise by going out to my hoopde and grabbing a Dark Horse BA Plead the 5th.
Over the course of the next five nights, we were able to join at least one or two, sometimes more new brews each night, each of which were great beers. I think my least favorite was a raspberry lager, but still enjoyed it more than many beers I had on my journey.
I know CCB hasn't been around long, but the overall quality of the beer they are producing, their brewing facility, their brew pub, and the general feel and atmosphere of this place puts it in the upper echelon of breweries I have visited including Founders, Three Floyds, and Bells. I can only see great things coming to them. If anyone from CCB is reading this review, thank you so much for the great times we shared there, Kelly and I will be back, hopefully soon! And thanks for letting us crash in your parking lot, weee!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jmikepow
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of roachkid40
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Had a great time visiting this brewery. Not too far off the beaten path, my wife and I started with a flight of 4 "irregulars" that included 1.) a Strawberry Cream IPA, 2.) Cask Vanilla Maduro 3.) Jai Alai White oak and 4.)Revenge of Mr. Saison. All different and all great in their own way. My wife had 4 of her own, in which the Cubano Espresso was her fav. After the tasting, we took the tour and got to see where the magic is made. I recommend taking this tour as our guide was very informative of the beer making process as well as the history of the area, in which they have named a few of their beers after (Jai alai -the sport, and Maduro- Tampa use to be the cigar maker capital). Plus, you get to taste test their #1 seller fresh off the production line, as well as access to the White Oak 4 packs....hmmmm.

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Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Seems to just be constantly busy. Selection of beers all fresh and delicious. Had everything you look for in brew pub bar but maybe could use a few waitresses patrolling.

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Photo of NDogg44
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Peepskp
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent beers available every day. The atmosphere was a bit sterile given the caliber of beers they produce.

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Photo of BeerDaveGA
4.57/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Big place, great tours lots of variety As I was about to leave, the skies opened up with one of the biggest downpours I've seen (even in FL) - Lucky!

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Photo of mcantu
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of kismet
4.12/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kidzord
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Rizzy17
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of fixedfan
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of jbhollis1180
3.91/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of FEUO
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Landed in the area after Huna day. Fridge had a good selection of other stuff. Tap list was ho hum but ok.
Guy working the bottles/growlers to-go counter was a total d-bag. Could not stand this turd. Left me hanging with my thumb up my ass while he chit chatted with two dudes that arrived at the spot AFTER me and who weren't buying any beer. However, my bartender when I went for tasters at the inside bar area was fantastic. Super friendly and talkative. Overall, for a tasting room it was ok. Sort of stale even if a bit busy. Even the vibe at Founders killed this. I would go back if I was close by but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

You walk in, see a bar, a decent CCB draft selection, and are surrounded by coolers with CCB cans and bottles that, if you're from out of state, are pretty much impossible to get outside of a trade, and you think, well, this is pretty good.

Then you lean over a little bit, look down the bar through the walkway and realize, there's another bar. You walk to that bar and see an impressive wall o' taps with 3x as many brews on tap as the first room.

CCB has so many damn beer varieties, they wouldn't even have room for guest beers if they wanted to tap them. And almost all of those styles are well done, and a number of them are unique and/or rare. While we were there, they had a sour brewed with skittles, a de Molen collab, 110k nearing the end of it's run, Florida Man had just been kegged and tapped, and the omg delicious Cubano Espresso, among many many others. Those were just the big time killer standouts for us at the time. It seems the locals really lean towards sours, which is great, but there is so much else going on it's hard to decide.

There appears to normally be a food truck available outside, and with the huge space they have outside, and the picnic tables open for seating, there's plenty of room for anything anywhere, even on Huna weekend.

On top of all this, there are cigars available for purchase.

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Photo of shadyside
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.57/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DavidRandall
3.79/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Florida_Hop_Head
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of valrxman
3.54/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

First time rating though I visit a few times a year. Service has greatly improved. Get there at opening on Crowler Tuesday.
Cheers

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Photo of GoBeerGo
4.57/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Eziel
4.39/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
99 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.