Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
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316 Beers
40,483 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 196
Visits: 606
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: 196 | Visits: 606
Photo of kanzlja
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My favorite brewery by far!

The beer is always good and the selection is vast. The staff is very friendly and efficient. The tasting room has a very low key atmosphere and is dedicated entirely to the beer. Most of the beers are available for growlers and there is a nice selection of bottles in the tasting room to take home.

The events are always memorable and the staff works hard to make sure the customers are well taken care of. Every friday a new firkin is tapped, but, unfortunately, I commonly miss these since I live an hour away. However, all the firkins I have tasted have been quite good.

If you are around the Tampa area, CCB is a required stop!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Have been wanting to visit CCB for a while now so myself and two friends drove down from Jacksonville to check it out. I had a hard time deciding what to drink as they had 20 or more beers and a fairly wide selection. The staff were hard working and it was a fairly busy place. I was surprised by the number of small children however. The bathroom is by the brew tanks so you get to see where the beer is made. They have quite a few of their bottles as well for purchase.

As for selection, you either need to get samplers or go 4 or 5 times to experience them all, there are that many choices. The quality is one of the best across the board. Yes, I had a beer or two I wouldnt necessarily have twice but there were 5 or 6 that I wish I could keep stocked up at home.

The location is convenient and the atmosphere is good.

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Photo of olimpia84
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Cigar City Brewing is a must-see place for any beer lover out there in the Tampa Bay area.

The brewery is located on W Spruce in an industrial area not far from the airport and the famous International mall (this could be important since you can drop the wife/GF in the mall for some shopping and run to CCB for a brew or two!).

The locale is divided into two section: the brewery where they have all the tanks/equipment and the restrooms. The other section is the tasting room where the bar is. One of the problems is that the tasting is fairly small and there aren't enough tables and chairs to accommodate the usual big crowd this place gets. Make sure you get there somewhat early. They have a dart board in the back for those looking to do something other than drinking beer.

The service is great and the staff is very knowledgeable. They serve beer in the proper glassware. One thing they should improve is to have more people working for them. At times when it gets really busy it can get hectic and the two or three people working on the bar can go crazy.

The beer selection is fantastic, they had over 16 taps when I visited them. You can find any style you want pretty much and the best thing is that CCB does an amazing job making their beers as you can tell from fellow BA reviews. They also sell bottles to go which is great.

No food is available here but sometimes they get this trailer parked outside that sells food. Prices are reasonable and I'm glad because you'll be spending a lot of money when you go there and try their beers!

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Photo of bryanole27
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of my favorite places to be. This is Cigar City...of course the beer selection is fantastic. Everytime I have gone, there is something new on tap (brewery exclusive) that is amazing. Last time it was the Hopped Up Johnny which was Zhukov on Johnny Walker Blue of the best stouts I have ever tasted.

Staff is super friendly and attentive, and I have yet to walk out without buying something from the cooler before leaving.

Atmosphere is very relaxed and usually end up striking up a conversation with someone, even though I am with a large group of friends.

Went to Fruit In The Room this past weekend and thought Cigar City pulled it off flawlessly. Serving 32 different beers is no easy task, but the staff worked their ass off to make it happen.

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Photo of Lefty1881
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

At 5-7 a beer, even for their anticipated seasonal releases, this place is amazing! Great crowd, friendly regulars .. the place can get a big slammed with only 2-3 bartenders, and everyone ordering a ton of samplers, growlers, bottles, - it can get a bit chaotic... Maybe a front desk retail person for those just wanting to buy bottles and merchandise.

Otherwise, amazing beer selection - stuff from Cigar City you will NEVER EVER see on a shelf at Total Wine , or anywhere.. Jalepeno Red Ale, where are you ever going to find that? No where - and just when you thought you were the Mr Knowitall of Jai Alai IPA, they have it fresher than fresh on tap & it just changes your whole view on this great beer. Friendly beertenders, great crowd. I always love to make the 3.5 hour trip up from Ft Lauderdale because I know there's always going to be something new for me to try.

Love it!!

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

Great bers at great prices. You can try any of their beers before you commit to it and everyone there has always been extremely friendly and good natured.

The best part is that you can bring in a cooler full of beer and share it, drink it, have tastings, do whatever you want and everyone there is totally cool about it! Feel free to take a walk through the actual brewing area and the guys working there are cool and accomodating!

Beware, no food is served here though, so eat beforehand or plan on taking a break for food.

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Photo of Chaney
4.59/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place has only been in existence for a handful of years, but it is already considered one of the pinnacles of beer craftsmanship... and for good reason.

It was a real treat to take a tour of and to siphon a few pints on a recent Florida vacation.

Atmosphere: Really, this place is ideally located. Sure, it has the same industrial park-like surroundings as most breweries, but just a block or two away is civilization.... and tons of it! The brewery itself is simple enough and very similar to that of other breweries. However, the new tasting room, with it's ornate paintings and tons of beer schwag, is just plain awesome! Tons of well-spaced tables and a cozy bar area.

Quality and Service: A lot has been made in previous reviews about the stand off-ish attitude of the employees. Sure, the one who served us was rather dry, but I don't think it was intentional. He was just being himself. Also, he did give me a free pint for waiting. The tour guide was a nice dude as well. We chatted for a bit about the brewing scene in DC (he had just recently gotten back from SAVOR), poured me a Puppy's Breath Porter, then gave us a nice leisurely tour of the facility.

Selection: All of CCB's signatures were here, including their Puppy's Breath Porter, which was just a mere sneak preview and wasn't scheduled to be released for at least another month. Additionally, since I went on "Firkin Friday," I got to sample their latest Maduro variation: "Oak and Beans."

Value: Did I mention that that pint of Oak and Beans only costed me $4? And that it was the best Brown Ale I've ever tasted? Great deal! However though, most of the bottled selections in the store could be found slightly cheaper up the street at the Total Wine.

I can't say enough good stuff about this place. Sure I got to go to Disney World and Universal on this trip, but this was the highlight!

NOTE: They really don't have any food for sale here except for a few bags of pretzels and other crunchy snacks, however, they are very cool with you bringing food into the place. As a matter of fact, Datz Deli is right up the street, and they advertise the place very aggressively. This is not surprising, considering Datz contracted a beer from them and serves many of their beers.

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.86/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited CCB June 14th while on vacation with my wife in St. Pete Beach. Nice, intimate tap room attached to the brewery. It was hoping when we walked in and we found the last two seats at the bar. We were immediately greeted by Justin (Super nice, knowledgable guy).
Nice selection of beers on tap. I suggest ordering a flight of samples first because the selection is overwhelming. I would guess that all the staff behind the bar goes through good training because they are all very bust but also very attentive. Anyway, I was very excited to finally get there and I they exceded my high expectations. If you ever get the chance don't even think twice, just do it.

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

Blah, blah, blah.

Cigar City Brewing is the best! Quality and slection?? Let the reviews speak for themselves. Cigar City is innovative and takes brewing to another level. Whether over the phone, in person or in an event, it's in the service where Cigar City Brewing stands out. I could go on for hours about their customer service. Great product + great customer service = a bright future. It's not difficult math and they know it. Very happy for Cigar City Brewing and always looking forward to seeing you again.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: its a really small tap room. luckily when i was there, it wasn't too busy so the small size wasn't a big deal. there was a nice free dart board in a small back area that my girl friend and i greatly enjoyed. i loved that you needed to walk through the brewery to get to the bathrooms. it made the experience really unique and fun.

Selection: many cigar city beers, though not as many as i was hoping. there weren't too many brewery exclusives, but there were some. its still great getting to try some of my favorite CCB beers on tap, when i usually can only find them in bottles.

Service: very patient, friendly, talkative, and fairly knowledgeable.

There's no food.

The beers were all very cheap actually. i was quite impressed, especially considering many of them are only usually available in 750mL bottles.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

What a wonderful little tap room at Cigar City. It's not much of a space, and in fact that damn warehouse is so evasive that the presence of ANYTHING on the inside is a pleasant surprise. It's not a big space, but it's nice and softly-lit with wood all over the place, and welcoming, again considering it's in a damn warehouse.

The quality of the beer is outstanding. It does not get any fresher than that, and damn is it good. Get a flight and a pint while you're there, and you will have a fantastic beer experience. The service only complements this, too -- they're nice, happy to help and not intimidating.

Obviously the selection of Cigar City beers there is pretty great. They always have limited-run and one-off beers there for growler fills and tastings, as well as 12oz and 750ml bottles of more than a few of their beers. They'll tell you, too, that if you're looking for one of their beers and it's not there, it very well may be at the Whole Foods next door. They also have a few guest taps, and their list of what's on tap is generally pretty up-to-date on their website (look to the most recent blog posts for that info).

Best of all, considering how good their beer is, it's a really not a bad deal at all. Flights are reasonable, they often will give you a taste or something else if it's not too busy, and growlers aren't too expensive. Looks are deceiving from the outside, but on the inside I can't say enough good things about Cigar City. If you're in the area, it's more than worth your time to stop by.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Drove up from palm beach gardens for the nielbohrium release. I couldn't belive how small cigar city was, the place puts out so many amazing beers i figured it would be at least double the size that it is. Lots of great beers on tap, they have most available for growler fills, and of course they will let you try everything before order a glass, something not all places do anymore. Even have local guest taps, which i like to help promote the even smaller breweries. Nice guided tour and pretty good bottle selection, hey it was the only place to get their brewery only release beers in bottle as well. Next time will be bringing a few friends up with me to enjoy some tasty brews!

Jason D

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Photo of fulcrum
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

As soon as I walked into this place I knew I was going to like it. It was a clasic small brewery with a tasting bar but the energy was fantastic. Maybe because it was Friday afternoon but who cares. The crowd (20 people) was equal male-female, young-ish (unlike 47-year-old me) and into good beer. I'm an IPA guy and they had three good-looking choices. I started with the Jai Alai--an American IPA dry-hopped w Simcoe. It was as good as it sounds. I then tried the white-oak-aged IPA which was not over-the-top oak like so many oak-chipped beers are. But I went back to their Simcoe beauty for my final pint. I left feeling very happy and can't wait to go back. Will wear my CCB cap with pride in the meantime.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Going to a friend's wedding in Sarasota today, so I had to stop by CCB on my way into the area. Very glad I did. They have a great selection of their beers and always something a bit wild and crazy on tap. I got to have a Jai Alai with White Oak and a Humidor of the same beer. Also got to try their barrel aged sour "OK Guys, Let's Go", which was a one time trial offering (kind of like a gueuze with a slight bourbon aftertaste... not quite up to Bourbonic Plague).

The conversation was great with the guys there. Good stories of bar hopping at GABF and such. Got to see their pilot system (which is awesome), the random barrels including a rum barrel with some Hunaphu's in it and the rest of their operation.

This is a great brewery and I'd highly recommend going there for a visit. I got the 3 beers I mentioned, plus a 110K and a humidor IPA for a friend plus a bottle of Guava Grove for $35 after tips and all. Great value and I'd definitely visit again.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place is awesome.

We've had various BA tastings here and the guys are always extremely hospitable and accommodating. I would like to first off thank them for it.

The atmosphere is very chill and relaxed. I can easily sit there for a couple of hours by myself, enjoying some beer, chatting with the good people there, and just having a great time. During releases, however, it can get pretty packed. A series of tables are set up opposite the tasting bar, which looks like a full scale bar really. Bottles and breweriana [sp] are available behind the counter for sale.

The doors open adjacent to the bar into the brewery. A cool setup.

There are ALWAYS at least 7 or 8 CCB beers on tap (obviously) and a couple of guest taps as well. Always good beer. These guys are committed to good service and good beer. And it won't destroy your wallet either (unless you're a crazy beer geek like me and drop $250 each time you walk in...)

What else can I say about this place? You have to experience it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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

This was my first time at this brewery. I decided to take the trip on my birthday.

Pulling up to the building, I expected what I noticed on their website; its basically a single warehouse within a warehousing district. Which is great because it makes you feel like you've stumbled upon some sort of local hidden gem of a watering hole that very few people know about. Another thing I noticed from the website pictures is that the tasting room is bascially right in the middle of the brewery. You walk right through the bay doors. No air conditioning. They have a beer tender on hand & you get to see the full operation while enjoying their brew. Well, it turns out that they have changed this around by created a tasting room just to the right of the building. I was very pleased to see this because even this early into June, the Florida heat can be brutal. The tasting room is not very large which was a little intimidating at first. But we're all there for the same reason, right?I sat at the bar. All I ordered were two of their 4 paddle samplers(4 sample glasses across a wooden paddle)I picked 8 of 12-13 brews that they had currently on tap. The room temp, the beer temp, all were perfect. They wash each glass before poured. Very cool & clean atmosphere. They had a great rotation of music that I thought only I could still appreciate. It was at perfect volume so you wouldn't have to scream over the bar. Usually I smell stale beer at all decent tap houses when first walking in the door. You actually can smell the fresh beer. Exceptional staff. Very attentive & knowledgeable of their offerings. Reasonably priced. They have all of their bottled offerings available for purchase. All the typical beer swag; glasses, t shirts, & growlers. I think they went as low as $18 on refills of their growlers. Great beer selections as well. Some of the best IPA's I've had (Jai Alai & the Oak Aged IPA). I will be back very soon.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went to CCB a few weeks back for a public brew session with Ben Romano, their pilot brewer. The brewery was smaller than I had imagined and the taproom was pretty small, but the atmosphere was pretty cool & laid back.

The staff was really chill & had no problem explaining how all of their dynamics worked to make the brewery a success. My buddy and I even ventured into the back of the brewery where nobody was and talked with a cellarman for about 20mins.

When I was there they had about 10-15 different brews on tap and it was friday! Which means firkin' fridays! They busted out a Hopped Up Cracker, a hoppy up version of their Florida Cracker witbier, which was pretty badass. Had never tasted anything of the sort. They do casks like that every friday.

Also on tap was their regs like Jai Alai & Maduro Nut Brown, Big Sound Scotch Ale, El Lector, Hillsborough River Dry Stout, Guava Grove, 110k+ OT, and CA Jai Alai.

Really nice experience & the public brew session was really really informative.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was a cool little tasting room attached to the brewery. It was brightly lit, and they had about 12 beers currently on tap, as well as two guest taps from other local brewers. We visited on a Saturday, so they also had a firkin left over from their Firkin Friday promotion. They also have coolers with bottles available to go, as well as some limited snacks and soda, teas, and other NA drinks. That came in handy for my pregnant wife. The samplers come in 4-shot paddles, and you can mix and match whatever beers you may want to try. They carry a great selection of styles of beer, and the beer is damn tasty. Other than the little snacks, there is no food offered. They have a small area in the back of the tasting room to play darts, and there are lots of smaller tables lining the walls in case the bar is occupied. They give tours throughout the brewery during the day, but I'm unsure of the times. The restrooms are outside of the tasting room, and you have to walk through the brewery to get to them, so if you don't need a formal tour, just go take a leak and look around while you are out there. The bartenders were very knowledgable and very friendly. Overall, we had a great time there, and would absolutely be willing to go back again if in the Tampa region.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped into the Cigar City Tasting Room on a recent trip to Tampa. The bar is a small off-shoot of the brewery itself. Above the bar are some TV's where you can watch the brewers in action. The selection is good, with all the seasonal and regular Cigar City brews on tap, as well as some visiting taps (Sam Adams Revolutionary Rye was there at the time). The bartender was knowledgeable and the place was pretty cozy. Only knock... no food. Overall though, it's a great place to relax after work, before or after dinner with some great Florida brews!

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Excellent place to try their beer fresh served optimally. About 10 beers on tap, many of their bottles, and growler fills. Friendly and you can talk to anyone,Great merchandise, knowledgeable staff. Lots of people everyday from all over the world. Quieter during the day of course. Guest taps from unheard of local places. In terms of tasting rooms, its average plus. For example, the Avery is a recent tasting room that blew me away. This is merely average plus. Snacks and soda for food and palate cleaners.

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

After visiting this place dozens of times, I figured it'd be good to review it.

A - The tasting room is pretty focused on what it is, and doesn't try to do much else. There's a medium-sized bar that seats maybe 20 people, plus a handful of tables to seat another 20 or so. At the back of the room is a small, brightly lit area with a table and a dart board. Otherwise lighting is more comfortable, although it could be a little more dark at night. Two screens have been added recently, although instead of showing sports or anything on TV it's just a feed from the brewery, which is accessible through a set of double doors near the front. A vintage Macintosh system supplies the entertainment, which is usually via one of the bartenders' iPod playlists. Joey and Wayne regularly pop in and are seen at the bar, and are very easy to talk to.

Q - Everything is about the beer in this place. Lines are clean, glassware is serviced and used correctly, things are just done right. It's taken seriously here.

S - The handful of bartenders that I deal with regularly -- Tom, Mike, Mary, and Travis -- are awesome. Good service, conversation, and personality. I almost always feel at home here. The others aren't bad, but I just don't have as much experience with them. There are a few employees that aren't always so friendly, but they're mostly just the brewery workers who happen to be at the bar and aren't really customer-facing.

S - Selection is almost always excellent. CCB covers a lot of styles with their beers, and with 14 taps you can pretty much always fond something that you like. They also usually have 2-3 guest taps, mostly from regional breweries like Swamphead and Florida Brewing. The CCB beers almost always include a mix of beers that have been bottled and some that have not. My first visit included a few tastings of Zhukov's Final Push, which is still to this day one of the finest beers I've ever had.

F - No food to speak of, although they don't have any issue with bringing food with you or ordering delivery.

V - For the money, it's tough to beat. Beers are on-par or cheaper than you'll find at other bars. Considering that there's no delivery or other overhead, it maybe could be a bit cheaper, but I have no real complaints here. Bottles, on the other hand, are usually $1-2 more expensive than Total Wine around the corner, which doesn't really make sense to me.

Overall, no visit to Tampa is complete without hitting up CCB at least once or twice. I'm usually in here at least twice a week, and I couldn't be happier that this place is local for me.

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

Had the pleasure of capping off my Florida trip with some fine ales at the Cigar City tasting room. Clean place, friendly folks, no food and superb brews. Which are not real easy to find in Florida.

Had two sampler racks (4/$6): Jai Alai IPA, saison, Humidor IPA, Oatmeal Brown, White Oak IPA, Dark Mild, Dry Stout and an Imperial Red. My sister loved the Oatmeal Raison Cookie Brown.

All were very good to outstanding. If I lived down here I'd live here! Probably the best beer I've had in the South.

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Photo of funkybuddha
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Located in an industrial area in Tampa, this is a brewery that should be visited by any beer lover that comes to Florida.

I've been several times and am always pleasantly suprised to see at least 2 new beers they've made that I've never tried.

I love the fact that these guys really go for it when making a new batch. They have the perfect base beers (jai alai, maduro, zhukov) for treatments and they seem to nail them everytime.

They have a small but more than adequate tasting room and each bartender is extremely knowledgeable about not only the cigar city beers, but craft beers in general.

Kudos to Cigar City for helping put Florida on the craft beer map!!

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

Visited the tasting room on a quiet Sunday night on my way through town. Only a few people in the tasting room.
The bar is nothin special but serves it's purpose as a place to sit down and try what a brewery has to offer.

The selection was great. Cigar City is known for the many beers they make but few they bottle. This was a great opportunity to try some of the beers they don't bottle plus a couple pilot series batches (Only 10 gallons made)

Jason was the bartender and was great! More than happy to give samples and was very knowledgable.

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

I visted the tasting room on the Hunahpu's release day. So, obviously it was much more hectic than normal.

Seems like a really nice place, with a nice atmosphere and decor. A small, pretty laid back tasting room with a good selection of different beers. The staff was attentive and prompt, even on such a busy day. The beers were all very reasonably priced. If was local, I would definitely make this a regular stop. It would be great if they added a small food menu though.

I will certainly make sure and stop in again the next time that I'm in town.

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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
99 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.