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Cigar City Brewing

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BEER AVG
3.97/5
Based on:
343 Beers
42,242 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 203
Visits: 636
Avg: 4.49
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
Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

After two months of living in Florida I finally visited Cigar City. A very basic layout. A nice bar with swivel stools to your left as you walk in and a few tables to the right for larger parties. A little room in back as well. Quite comfortable atmosphere very laid back. The staff did seem a little rushed and a bit grumpy. I had forgotten my snifter that I bought so I went back in and mentioned to the bartender all that he said was erh. I made sure to say thankyou and got no response. The selection is marvelous however. All Cigar city stuff on tap and two guest taps. I did mark this as a bit pricey. I don't understand some breweries are marking up there beer. Dogfish Head does it and so does Cigar City. I can drive 5 mins from my home in Clearwater to Total Wine and get the same bottle for a dollar less than the actual brewery sells for. I simply do not understand this. Anyway all and all a good experience.

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Photo of vgiusto
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This place is fantastic. I love the weekly cask offerings and the changing selection of drafts. The atmosphere is nice and there is ample seating. Some of my favorites included the White Oak IPA, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, and Marshal Zhukov's imperial stout. The bar staff can at times be a little moody, but they are very busy most of the time and it’s understandable. This certainly doesn't deter me from visiting. They have many special events throughout the year. Most recently the barrel aged Hunahpu release. It was madness! They had a limited supply of beers and there were a ton of people trying to get a hold of this tasty treat. Combine that with 90 degree Florida heat and it was quite an experience. I would highly recommend any beer enthusiast to visit this CCB if in the Tampa Bay area.

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Photo of biggsbowler
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is amazing. It is great to see a small brewery become a large brewery. Cigar City has about twenty beers on tap. Also, they have about eight bottles available for purchase. They recently started to charge for tours but you get a drink with the price of admission, it is still a free tour. The brewery is located near a Whole Foods and Total Wine and more, so if they are out of their beer, you can go here. Plus, they have food trucks on Friday to feed the customers. It is great to have an awesome brewery here in florida.

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Photo of Heatwave33
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I went during the Barrel Aged Hunaphu release with a buddy of mine. Even though it was like a mosh pit at a concert when the lines formed I had a blast. The people who work there were very cool and knowledgeable. They had about twenty plus beers on tap so the selection was great. I had a tiramisu which was phenomenal! I also sampled a Black Whole, Nielsbohrium and a Lychee sour. All were great brews. Of course there were plenty of glasses, shirts, hats, etc. to purchase. I would have bought some but I spent all my money on Barrel Aged Hunaphu and Barrel Aged Big Sound. All the brews I had were A+ and only $5 or $6. Plus I met some cool people there. Very highly recommended to ANY person who like beer. Cheers!

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Been here a bunch and my review wont vary much from most others. Located in an industrial area and it doesn’t look like much from the outside. Inside it’s a very nice little bar area with the brewery attached next store. Bathrooms are in the brew area so you get a little walk by tour. I have always been treated well here even when just popping in to fill growlers. Taps vary greatly but they always have Jai Alai and Maduro. Not everything will be available for growler fills so check the board. Its marked as to what is and is not ok for fills. Best bet for a new drinker to CC is get a flight or two. There is a good variety always. I love that they also put other Florida brewers on tap. Bottles can be purchased as well and at times they have neat one offs there as well. Ask for what they have.

You really cannot go wrong here. I visit about 6 times a year on business and have a habit of booking a hotel close. You will need to walk home…slowly…

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Photo of Anonx
3.23/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I have visited this place twice and both times I have experienced the worst service I have experienced at a bar. On my first trip the server refused to serve me a sampler (paddle of 4 beers). The server looked at me, gave me a face, and said you will have to wait and left my presence and never came back. The second bartender did serve me, but did not smile, interact, or look at me. On my second trip I visited the establishment on a Thursday Morning. My wife and I were the only people at the bar. The server (women) did not greet us and we were waiting at the bar for about 10 minutes before she approached us. When we were asking questions, she was very short and when I asked for a sample, she began to display signs of frustration and made us feel like we were bothering her. In addition, when we finished our first order of beers she was talking to someone and completely forgot about us. I had to get up and approach her. This was the worse experience of my life. Beer is about a culture that is close, open, and friendly. This place has not shown me this sign of the beer experience regarding the service. The crowed is a different story and a great crowed of people.
What really bothers me is that I love this place, their beer, and the atmosphere. However, good service is becoming harder to find and there are many other beer places to visit and many other great beers to drink. I will visit again and I hope that my experience is equal to the many great reviews I have read on this site.

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Photo of Zraly
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited the brewery twice while on a business trip. My first visit was a solo tasting; it's the first place I went after deplaning at TPA. I tried Black Whole, Cubano Espresso (yum!) and a few others -- all very tasty. The four sample option is reasonably priced at $6. I bought my Fruit in the Room ticket, a 32 oz. growler of Cubano, and a snifter. The room was clean, cozy, and the service (I think his name was Jason) was friendly and informed.

I returned for the Fruit in the Room event with my boss, his partner and mother-in-law. Pretty much most things I tried were exceptional, if not amazing. High quality brewing going on here. I also had the chance to try Maduro and Jai Alai - White Oak. Both incredible.

I remain hopeful that CCB will extend their distribution to Virginia. At the same time, I don't want for the brewery to over-expand and have to size up their brewing for large distribution. I just wish CCB the best and would love it if they consistently brewed these incredible elixirs they've crafted.

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Photo of kanzlja
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +2%
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 +5.6%
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 +10%
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 chips...one 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 +3.8%
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!!
-AJ

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Photo of sendsilk
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +6.9%
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 -0.7%
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 -3.6%
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 +11.4%
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 +5.1%
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 +2.4%
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 +3.3%
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 +6.9%
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 +3.8%
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 -2.9%
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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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
99 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.