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Cigar City Brewing

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BEER AVG
3.97/5
Based on:
348 Beers
42,369 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 203
Visits: 636
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 | map
www.cigarcitybrewing.com

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Reviews: 203 | Visits: 636
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
Photo of MarcatGSB
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 elvisdoc
4.05/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of jhawkvol
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of smi69
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Revrynd
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

To be fair the night I went there they were out of water due to some pipe breaking or something. When we went to the counter and told the tender we were from Michigan on a beer tour he basically gave us the run down of their wares and offered samples of everything he thought we would like. There was a food truck outside that night and the vibe was amazing. There were bathrooms next to where the grain was stored so you got to basically walk through the brewery on your way to the restroom(super cool). Overall I would say this is an amazing brewery absolutely the best brewery I saw in the south and had great service with even better beer! If I lived there, I would be a regular.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Dicers
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Filickojm
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Lucifers_snifter
4.68/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Grackos
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of Beer4B
3.46/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.25

I love a lot of CCB beers and spend a lot $...my only complaints is that their space is horrible. It's a warehouse with orange walls and no character. Not a place to enjoy the space or scenery or take the wife.
The selection is often poor with the regulars and some variants of the regulars. Lately they have been improving the draft selections...still don't know why things like Zhukov aren't on all year round.

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Photo of JimPottNY
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.54/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.25

The Mecca of craft brewing in Florida, a place I have been wanting to visit for quite sometime. The opportunity presented itself today and I jumped at it. Sadly, however, I walked away with mixed feelings.

The is no question as to the quality of their beer as they are considered master crafters in FL, or their selection, by far some of the widest ranging I have seen in any taproom. The vibe was pretty good as they have two separate rooms that allow the customer to choose from a more dimly lit, dare I say romantic atmosphere, to a brighter, lighter half that takes the beer goggles out of the equation. What disappointed me was the service - absolutely horrible. I stood around for a good 10-minutes before one of the two bartenders got around to me. Mind you, two bartenders on a beautiful Saturday afternoon - two! They've got to know better than that, and during the holidays no less.

I guess I'll have to come back on a weekday or some hum-drum weekend when it isn't so busy. (At least they sell sixers - a big plus - so I was able to walk with something more than the one taste that I got...

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Photo of Docrock
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited while in town for business. Couple of different small areas/bars to drink in. 30 beers on tap with a decent selection. We got 3 different samplers and all were solid. Good Gourd nitro was very good. Would be nice to have some food available but overall it was worth the effort to get there.

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Photo of jtk21351
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of speedvagen
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of eifster82
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Real nice brewery. Friendly staff, lots of beers, good vibe. The place doesn't serve food but there are always food trucks outside so that's not an issue. Brewery tour is entertaining. Shop has a lot to choose from. Would very much recommend.

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Photo of FLHopFarmer
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Can't say enough about Cigar City.

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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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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
99 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.