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Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
Based on:
333 Beers
40,995 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 197
Visits: 617
Avg: 4.5
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: 197 | Visits: 617
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
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5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 rogacks
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Hesscabob
4.23/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jrcphish
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Ive always wanted to go and it didn't disappoint. love the beer to go cooler. picked up 12 bombers and 2 sixers. staff was awesome. also - cool merch for sale! I'll be back soon!

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of LisaInFL
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of KristopherWKing
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Fordknox
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of smb
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Corburk
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sam_Schwartz
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Cool place. I would definitely recommend taking the tour, you get a glass to keep and 4 pours. I only wish they would have had some stouts on when we were there.

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Photo of rjp217
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of benzalman
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bernaldre
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
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 maplebaconassassin
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Top 3 favorite breweries without a doubt

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4.32/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
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 meanmutt
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beer21
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jrs3994243
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of schroeder1200
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
99 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.