Cigar City Brewing
Ratings: 357 | Reviews: 172 | Display Reviews Only:
4.49/5 rDev -2.6%
From what I understand, this is the production facility and tasting room; to be honest, though, I don't know if actual production is done here or just shipping and logistics. I had lunch at the brewpub about 10 minutes away ( which had brewing equipment that was actually being used while I was there) and this place capped my day. The vibe is interesting, but this place is hopping with culture and it seems like it's always busy. It's sort of an eclectic mix of old world, traditional and modern. There's a bar and seating area I realized was the overflow after passing it to get to the crowded main bar. Merchandise is on display before that point and it includes shirts, bottle openers, glassware, and about ten or so different soaps created in collaboration with a local soap maker, each including one of CCBC's beers. There's a desk against one wall, too, with someone from a local cigar company hand-rolling cigars and selling some from a display case there in the tasting room (it is Cigar City, after all). Being both a beer geek and a cigar geek, I was extremely satisfied. To the beers: there's a huge set of TVs set up for the sole purpose of displaying each and every beer on tap, how it's available (nitro, cask, etc.) and all the vitals (ABV, etc.) as well as prices per pint size (refreshing). It's also kept extremely updated; empty lines are displayed as it happens. I don't know how often it happens, but some of the brewers themselves were pulling pints, and they were extremely busy. There was no "waitstaff," per se, as no food is available, so it's just a couple guys rushing to draw. There are a whole lot of beers available, always 2 on cask and, as I understand it, always in the tasting room some experimentals or one-offs not available anywhere else at any time. Before I forget, 5 oz. samples of anything 9% ABV or above are $2. Sample of anything below 8%? $1.50. To point: this place is awesome. This place made my vacation. I would live in this building if I could.
02-07-2014 21:44:59 | More by Brenden
4.65/5 rDev +0.9%
I stopped here last year right after I landed at TPA. This place was awesome. They had probly 20 beers on tap, about 15 of them were their own and a few of them were from other breweries. They had a huge bar area where you could sit down and get pints or flights of whatever was on tap. There was also a separate area where you could buy beer and fill growlers (great idea). This was one of the first breweries I had ever gone to, but even since then I still think its one of the best and others should take notes. Hope to get back again sometime.
01-27-2014 17:13:53 | More by ChrisChagnon
Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
100 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.