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Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
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3.92/5
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37,286 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 520
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
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[ 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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Ratings: 520 | Reviews: 199
Reviews by PorterLambic:
Photo of PorterLambic
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Even with Google Earth and a GPS, this place was not nearly easy enough to find. Suite A is hard to discern when there is no lettering on the bldgs. and the destination is just one "office" in a strip of light-industrial businesses behind Home Depot. I guess thats pretty accurate if you think about it. Its a brewery first and thankfully a very good one. The only giveaway is the small awning with a vine & hop-looking motif.
The Tasting Room is a very nice addition, especially since they serve such high-quality brew. The beer is their own with a few guest beers, all on taps. A total of 12 taps with 10 dispensing their own creations.
Clean and inviting, well-lit without being office-like harsh. I was reminded of a basement converted into an extremely well-done personal bar. The long bar with 16 stools were well populated at 2 p.m. on a Friday. There are also 7 tables. The 8 other patrons were discussing all things beer and home brewing. Friendly people, great beer, comfortable, non-sports bar. It gets better?
No food is served but you are welcome to bring in or, I suspect, have something delivered. Just a block off Dale Mabry near the Bucs stadium, there are several restaurants very close.
Some beers are only available on tap. Some are also available to go either in 6-packs or growlers (quart or gallon). On my first trip, hopefully the first of many, they had three different porters! Had two there and took the last one to go with a brown ale as well.
Beers available are listed on a big chalkboard by name, type, ABV and cost (for growlers, as well).
The only odd part is that the restrooms are out in the warehouse-looking brewery but who cares?

I'll be back, several times.

I have been back, several times.
I noticed that there is actually a sign on the door with the CCB logo, the same as on the corner of the building as seen from Spruce St. Also, the awning says "Entrance" and "Tasting Room" is over the door. Somehow I missed all of that the first time in. D'oh.

1/20/2011
The new tanks are coming! 5 new tanks. Doubling the capacity to 30 barrels and storage goes to 570 barrels. More great beer for the lucky people who can get it. Like me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of stepherrs09
4.07/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of VTWicked
4.16/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Redbeard505
4.8/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Attended Hunahpu Day 2015. What a blast!

Photo of BrewTangClan77
4.02/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of gwiedman1
3.93/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of halo3one
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JennyRein
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of puftdank
4.08/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JonathannRobert
3.53/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of sliprk314
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of mynie
4.24/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of marieli
3.66/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of KSOZE
3.38/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.69/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of matt23j
4.24/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Gator_Chomp
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of baggedlunch
4.14/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of indurTheB
3.96/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

CCB is still the best in town.

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of mlmintampa
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Not the oldest Florida brewery, but the best.

Photo of wrecknut
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.57/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
100 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.