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Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar

3924 W Spruce St
Ste A
Tampa, Florida, 33607-2441
United States

(813) 348-6363 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2008

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Photo of Finatic
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

When you pull into the parking lot it looks like your average industrial park setting. But once inside the doors you realize that you have entered craft beer nirvana.

The bar staff are very friendly and know their product well. They have beer tours for $5 which includes a pint glass as well. The bar is usually always packed which enhances the atmosphere.

They usually have 2-4 guest taps and sometimes some good ones. I recently had some Hill Farmstead and was ecstatic to get some down here in Florida. Prices are very reasonable and they have a cooler with beer to go and a state of the art growler filling operation.

I have been to quite a few big breweries out west like FW, RR, Odells and Bear Republic and Cigar City is right up there with them. They don't serve food but do have food trucks outside from time to time and always on Fridays.

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Photo of dbelcher5761
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Overall, this is a great place and even better on Friday nights when they tap a firkin which never disappoints. Firkin Friday also brings a local food truck to the brewery which is a nice addition since the brewery itself dosn't offer any food.

The appearance of the building is something that may strike you as unappealing, but once inside the tasting room, there are really no complaints. The selection covers most of CCB offerings and they usually have 2-4 guest taps as well.

They do offer a brewery tour which is $5 and gets you a pint and a clean glass to take home, but as far as the tour itself, there isn't much to see but that may change after the expansion.

Overall a great place with decent service and prices. Love the selection and most of the bartenders are knowledgeable and always there to offer suggestions and tastings.

The BA Hunahpu release was a disaster and if any other brewery releases are like this one I doubt I would attempt it. I am looking forward to 2012 Hunahpu day and hopefully it's more organized.

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Photo of jtmiller03
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My first instinct is rate CCB a little pricy but when considering the quality of what you get versus the price, I have to say it's quite reasonable - both for the beers and the clothes. Even the beers I didn't particularly care for, was of the highest quality and their creativity is beyond reproach.

Very small tasting room but the courteousness of the staff and the quality of the offerings more than make up for it.

Great beer, great folks... a must visit if you're anywhere near Tampa.

It's just too bad Charlie has left to go back to Georgia. I'm sure he'll be replaced with another great beer-guy.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Finally got to visit on the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years. They were super busy and that was unexpected for them in the middle of a week.

The atmosphere is a warehouse with a tiny cramped tasting room. Arrangement of tables accomodated a dart board area that while might be fun definitely limited the seating in an already overcrowded spot. It was cool to have to go through a part of the brewery to get to the bathroom. The tour was hard to hear and basic. I did see some Marshall Zuchov on in apple brandy barrels. Hope I get to try that someday.

The quality was great. To be expected from this brewery. Top notch.

The service was friendly and overwhelmed. The selection was very limited the day I went. Some great guest beers on tap, but nothing fancy or rare on tap from Cigar City while I was there. I did buy a bottle of cedar aged zuchov. though.

Five bucks got a tour, a glass, and a beer. Very reasonable.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Very nice "tasting room" and you have to walk thru the brewery to use the bathroom which is always cool. Have been 3 times and they always have something interesting on tap as well as now featuring guest beers. Service has always been very friendly and accommodating. No food but feel free to order in from the menus they have. I do believe local lunch trucks are now going here on the weekends. I spoke with a food vendor at a festival in Clearwater this weekend and he said he was getting on their schedule to sell food out front. Damn close to the airport and well worth getting by here. Some of the most exciting beers going on right now for my money.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Their beer is fantastic. I tried almost everyone they had on tap and they are all full-flavored, impeccably brewed, and inventive. On the day that I visited, I was lucky enough to run into the Mikkeller brewmasters who where there doing a collaborative brew with Cigar City. It was great to talk to them and to hear about how they approach brewing. The collaborative beer was a stout composed of two batches that would then be blended and some of it put in barrels. Some of it would be shipped back to Denmark and the rest to be served at Cigar City or bottled for distribution. Would love to try some of that! Not sure when it will be available.

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Photo of Spider889
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Review from my visit this July.

Little warehouse in a strip, but consumes a fair amount of space compared to some breweries I have seen.

The brewery is directly adjacent, and you have to walk through the brewery to use the restroom. I guess it is encouraged to look around a bit, and tours are available during the day (we went in the evening).

The tap room isn't large but is long enough to support a decent-sized bar and a handful of tables. The place was never crowded but always had a decent buzz of arrivals/sales, and patrons staying around to enjoy a few pints.

They apparently don't mind bottle sharing, I met up with a local and we cracked several bottles in addition to the samples we ordered.

Service was pretty meager, the bar tender (who was new apparently) seemed to not really enjoy his job nor be in any hurry to help us out. Wasn't very talkative, even when I attempted to share some Jackie O's nanos with him. Ohh well, there's too much good going on here to get caught up in that.

The selection is amazing, at least a dozen different CBC beers plus a couple guest taps. Also all of their normal bottled offerings as well as a few of the more recent limited stuff available for sale to go.

Growlers are weird... the state only allows the sale of 32oz or 1gal size growlers.

Prices couldn't be beat (on draft at least). I got a couple 32oz growlers for $14 total including the glass.

A great laid back spot to hang out when in Tampa, definitely recommended.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A-Inside it is a nice beer bar with friendly folks enjoying good beer. Nothing that knocks your socks off, but it is a good atmosphere.

Q-The quality of the tap selection is excellent. The only thing that keeps this from being a 5 is the limited # of taps. I'd expect the brewery to have a few more of their selections offered at their own establishment. But what they do offer is quality.

S-I visited twice during a 5 day stay in Tampa and both times found the service to be friendly, courteous and prompt even when the place was busy.

S-As I stated earlier, I really hoped the tap selection would have been greater, but the bottle selection is disappointing to be honest. During my visit earlier this week they only had Guava Groove, Humidor IS, Humidor IPA and Winter Warmer in 750s and Jai Alai & Maduro in sixers. I really think they could improve here.

V-Hey, good beer isn't cheap. The tap prices are in line with what I've seen elsewhere, but as is usually the case, the bottle prices are higher at the brewery than elsewhere. So, unless they have something at the brewery that is really hard to find, you're better off going around the corner (literally) to Total Wine or Whole Foods to make your bottle purchases. Growler prices are very reasonable.

Overall, I really enjoyed my visits here. If they'd increase their offerings on tap and in the bottle it would take this already excellent brewery up another notch.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

(Visited 06/2011): The brewery/Tap Room is in Tampa on Spruce Street not too far from the airport. The building has a private lot right out front.

The exterior is honestly not much to look at, as it is a fairly non-descript box building. The interior is warmer looking, with a bar on the left side that offers a view of a large board listing the available beers. There is a cooler on the right side holding their to-go selection.

Speaking of selection, Cigar City's is very good. On my visit there were around 15-16 of their beers on draught, including Patio Tools, 110K+OT Batch #4, Guava Grove, White Oak Jai Alai and Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale. All of the beers are well-executed, even the ones that don't quite work. Samplers are available too which is helpful. The bottled selection includes both 6-packs and 750mL options.

Service on a slow weekday post-lunch afternoon. The bartender was well-versed in their beers and was friendly and attentive during our stay. The brewery offers tours several days a week.

Cigar City does not offer food.

Overall this is a great beer destination in Tampa, and in Florida in general for that matter.

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've been down to the brewery a bunch of times over the past two years and am finally getting around to reviewing. They have expanded greatly since my first visit adding a bar/tasting room which has created a warmer more welcoming atmosphere.

Located in an industrial park, it's basically a huge garage/warehouse space with brewing equipment and barrels everywhere. Originally there was a small tasting area but it has been taken over by inventory and equipment and pushed into the second room. This room is medium sized with a long bar and around 20-25 tables where you can sit and enjoy your beer.

They have a great variety of their beers in draft including tons of experimental one-offs and test batches. In addition they always have a very nice selection of guest beers, focusing mainly on other local breweries.

Cigar City is a really cool brewery where you can go and enjoy great beer in a relaxing atmosphere. They host some of the best beer events I've been too but it's also a fun place to go and have a beer while they fill up your growlers.

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

Their beers are a little pricey, but the tasting room prices are very reasonable. The tasting room has a nice old world feel with tons of beer on tap that can be found no where else. The staff is friendly, knowledgable, and passionate about their products. They recnetly added a few more taps, and always share their taps with a other Florida berweries as well. You can get 1 gallon or 1 quart growler fills on several differnt beers. Brewery tours are Wednesday-Saturday for $5, but you get a beer and a glass for that. All and All great place for a beer and a better place for an AMAZING beer.

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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!!

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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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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
99 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.