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Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
322 Beers
8,078 Reviews
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 193
Visits: 596
rAvg: 4.52
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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Reviews: 193 | Visits: 596
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of JonathannRobert
3.53/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of marieli
3.66/5  rDev -19%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of KSOZE
3.38/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (195 characters)

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
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! (321 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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. (245 characters)

Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +10.6%

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. (234 characters)

Photo of SassieCassie
5/5  rDev +10.6%

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. (302 characters)

Photo of Jamie4beer
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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. (181 characters)

Photo of Mangbus
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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. (220 characters)

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Tour was not very good. I mean it was very informal and perfect for what it was but I was looking for a bit more. Was basically taken around the front of each stating and really had NO way of looking closely at anything. Warehouse two was by far the most interesting but was only able to stand about 3 feet in the door. Did not see any barrel room or even inside the cooler. Bottle line was not on and all the samples were flagship(understandably). Great tour for what it was but I was looking for a more behind the lines tour of the place. Tour guide was wonderful! Tap list was endless and the cooler had some great beers to go home with. (640 characters)

Photo of asams10
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Took a tour back in June. Very informative, even let us try an experimental brew they were working on. Tasting room is really cool. Wish we had more time to try all the beers on tap. (182 characters)

Photo of CraigTravor
5/5  rDev +10.6%

This place is amazing. Helpful staff and knowledgeable people. If you are in for the third Sunday then check out the brunch, Kegs and Eggs. I was able to try a lot of quality brews. I give a strong recommendation to this brewery (228 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

At conference in Orlando and made the 1.25 hour drive to CCB in tampa. The location is tucked behind a target/home depot. They have a decent sized parking lot and overflow parking. I went on the day they released Marshal Zhukov (4 bottle limit). Sales started at 4pm, I arrived by 7pm and they sold out about 25-30 people ahead of me.

At least I got to try Zhukov on tap. It was pretty good. They had tons of taps and 2 different bars. Decent amount of seating and staff seemed friendly. The head brewer appologized to everyone for selling out and gave out some samples of Zhukov.

They have lots of cans for sale in reach-in-coolers as well as a ton of tees, glassware and tackers. (685 characters)

Photo of RichKent
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

CCB is one of my favorite breweries. I took the brew tour with my wife (make a reservation), and when we arrived they had about 10 beers on tap that we could take on the tour, and maybe 10 more that were available at the bar.

Tour was good. They refilled us on the tour (fresh Jai Alai) and showed the facility, while talking about their new facility. Very friendly and knowledgeable.

There was no food in the building, but a food truck with wraps outside, so that worked. There's a large bar area with tons of choices, including small batch stuff, humidor series, and collaborations. I was very impressed by the selection and sampled as much as I could.

They sell bottles and cans right at the brewery with good availability for their popular stuff. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Tampa! (798 characters)

Photo of UAhuntt
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The selection at this location is top notch...a lot of brews that they've experimented. Check out the site for the updated draft list. You can also get growlers filled to-go along with swag. The bartenders are super nice and helpful. I would suggest if you are in the area or thinking of coming this place is a MUST! (316 characters)

Photo of twoodward101
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Beer was exceptional, Cigar wrappers on site blew my mind, and service was pretty laid back. Had an awkward encounter with bearded bar tender but he rectified his strange and almost rudeness with a free brew. Certainly lived up to expectation, and one for the books! (266 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.97/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Mecca of beer in Florida. It's a must whether you like them or not. There are so many styles on the boards, it is mind boggling. Add to that several guest taps and you are rocking. You could spend the whole day there easy, no problem. Best thing, you are drinking quality beers. One of the best breweries in the country for sure. No need to expand on this. (360 characters)

Photo of bruedabaker
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Been here for the last two Huna release parties. One good, one not so much. The bar always has a nice selection and once you get a bartender they are friendly enough. I am now just adding additional characters because my original statement was only 166 characters long and that was deemed to short. (298 characters)

Photo of IrishHockey
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

CCB is a great brewery to have a pint and chill. I stopped in on a Friday around 9pm. Not overly crowded, but a nice crowd. Music selection was pretty good. Pantera and some classic hard rock were the selection. Not obnoxiously loud, but loud enough to hear. The staff was very cool and seemed very knowledgable. No food of their own here (at least when I was here), but they had some cool food trucks roll up. I'll be coming back here on my next trip to Tampa. (461 characters)

Photo of johnyb
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

CCB is the gold standard for me. Wayne and the rest of the brewers really do make some unbelievably great beers, a number of which are my personal all time favorites. I really like the way they aren't afraid to experiment and try new things. Every so often they hit a clunker, but most offerings are usually outstanding. The staff are always knowledgeable and friendly, but my best suggestion is to go when it's slower as it can get to be a madhouse when it's full. Ownership(Joey Redner) is also a class act, great businessman who showed how much he appreciates and respects his customers with the way he handled a very tough situation on Hunaphu Day. I've taken the tour twice here as well, well worth it as the guides I had were great (Bob and Steve). Make sure you reserve your tour in advance as they fill up. (814 characters)

Photo of apurpura214
3.36/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

if youve never been you should go. nice space, clean, great beer. service not so much, felt like my beard wasnt big enough. staff seemed knowledgable but upset. cool that they had the canning system on tv. need more games.

overall impression is that you need to go if you havent been just feel out your bartender first!! (321 characters)

Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
100 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.