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Cigar City Brewing

Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 321
Beer Ratings: 31,583
Beer Avg: 3.89

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
100
world-class

252 Ratings
Ratings: 252
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.83%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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MCG_WC

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

This place gets busy on friday and saturday nights, but unfortunately that's about it. I last stopped in on a Wednesday night, and was surprised that only the outdoor seating was filling up. The service was great, and they have one of the best flights/samplers in the area if your interested.

10-29-2013 20:16:55 | More by MCG_WC
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

Drove 45 min. to Tampa during my vacation to Orlando just for this visit. I really enjoyed the brewery. With two bars in the tasting room, the people were spread out enough to where service was great. I showed up at about 1pm so maybe the rush wasn't too bad, but still busy enough to see that locals must love this place. The list of brews on tap was awesome, with all the regulars and a bunch of brewery only offerings. The merch selection was good, but pricy. Had a good time and it was well worth to drive.

10-28-2013 13:41:44 | More by xseanprimex
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Retsinis

California

3.52/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Had traveled to Orlando for vacation and made a point to make the hour drive to Cigar City in Tampa. From the outside, reminds me of many craft breweries in Southern California, industrial park feel, warehouses, etc. Inside, all manner of brewana, swag, sourvenirs, etc. Very minmimal bottle availability in terms of variety, sadly, but I sort of assumed that going in.

Large amount of beer available on tap, over 20 I believe. No stouts, or any of the humidor series sadly, mostly a mix of Pales, IPA's, browns, porters, a scotch ale, berliner weiss, a pumpkin ale, etc. Good diversve mix. but not a single barrel aged offering on? Guess being a Hoarder Society member in the Bruery has me spoiled. Large digital beer board in the back space, and card type board display at the front bar.

The Atmosphere and decor were a bit mixed for me. Given the great weather, and some lush greenery outside, inside, it was a bit dark & dingy in some area's, and even outdated. Some of the front bar, and some of the chairs seemed from out of an old bowling alley, imho. Some sky lights, but few windows. Stark contrast from say the Cigar city pub, the brewery's labels, and reach. Granted, seems they put the money where it should go, into the beer, and that equipment. However, seemed a large remodel makeover might add to the space, and even be needed in the tasting room, imho.

Quality craft brewery overall, certainly in my top 100 for the country, but, if I'm being honest, I left a bit disapointed in my experience, only because I had a higher expecation for the tasting room, and what offerings would be available, but that could just have been bad timing. Possibly unfounded opinion, from my perspective, I traveled cross country, so I wanted it to be a world class experience, since what I've been lucky to have had shared with me at festivals & bottle shares, beers from cigar city, that have been fantastic, but both the space, and the offerings, while excellent, fell a bit short of my hopes.

With this said, the place was busy for the several hours my wife and I were there trying pretty much all of the taps they had, and they are doing just fine, and will likely continue to do so.

10-23-2013 16:07:32 | More by Retsinis
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MPSTARR

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

First visit to the brewery, was very impressed with the way I was treated by the staff.

Great atmosphere, I was impressed by the current what's on tap display.

Took the tour, was very impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of our guide.

Sampled several unique beers that could not be found outside of the tasting room.

It was well worth the trip, looking forward to my next visit.

Have enjoyed every beer from Cigar City since my visit, highly recommend trying them.

10-20-2013 20:18:47 | More by MPSTARR
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Andrewleithsmith

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

I've been to brewery's all over the U.S. and Cigar City has the right idea. When you walk in on the left there is a bar with there growler area and directly on the right there is a very small kitchen area that serves quick bites and great cuban sandwiches (not open on days with food trucks). Get a little further back and on the left there is merchandise and sometimes they have someone hand rolling cigars for purchase. In the back area is another bar which has their brew selections on updated tv screen. There is always a great selection of their own brews and usually a few guest taps as well. There is almost always something unique on tap to expand your palate. Atmosphere makes people get into conservations, by that I mean, there are two TV's, but they are video cameras in the brewery. Theres no zombies staring at a TV all night, which I guess can be good too. The brewery torus are not very long but they do give a good amount of information. Staff is very knowledgable as well.
Overall great place, fantastic brew and they have some pretty amazing food trucks coming thought there too.

10-17-2013 20:39:55 | More by Andrewleithsmith
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cyrushire

Florida

4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

Loved this place. Great Service with amazing beers. Can get a little crowded at special events but otherwise it's comfortable. The tour could be more involved but then again the group I was with weren't the most inquisitive folks. The tour operator Ian was full of jokes and kept it pretty lively. I loved being able to buy bottles, cans and growlers to go. I can't wait until everything's available in cans though. If you find yourself inTampa for any reason whatsoever, I highly recommend you stop in.

10-05-2013 05:39:15 | More by cyrushire
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aasher

Indiana

4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I stopped in last week to escape a rainy day during our honeymoon and was more than pleased with our experience. I definitely appreciated the layout of the draft room. When you first walk in there is a bar with a good amount of taps for growler fills to the left, a small station to order sandwiches on the right, and a cooler of bottles of go. They had their standard six packs, Good Gourd, Big Sound, and their collaborations with Widmer. Past the growler bar they had a small amount of merchandise so I picked up a shirt and a snifter. Near the back of the tasting room that they had a longer bar, high top seating, and an extensive tap list. There must have been twenty plus draft lines and they offered flights of the majority of them. The flights were reasonably priced and well worth it. The Cafe Americana nitro was phenomenal. The bartender was personable and helpful. I didn't see any tins in the merchandise area but he offered to go search for a few in the back. He found a Hotter than Helles tin as well as a Tocobaga tin. That was very nice of him. We stayed for a little over an hour and left with a decent amount of swag before heading to the brewpub. I really enjoyed my time there and it was a bonus that their customer service was top notch. I'd definitely recommend stopping in. Their reputation precedes them for a reason.

10-02-2013 14:36:23 | More by aasher
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Jgivens

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I can't stay away from this place. Any time I am in the Tampa area I stop into the tasting room and have to have at least one of their great brews. Since the remodel the tasting room is even more inviting. With a great environment and even better beer it is a must see when in the Tampa area. I have not yet had the chance but 2014's Hunahpus Day is calling my name.

09-30-2013 04:48:45 | More by Jgivens
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smartassboiler

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I'll put this simply: I wish I lived closer to Cigar City.

The Atmosphere is top-notch. There's a bar up front to sit at where I've seen some bottle shares going down, and that's where you can order growlers and pay for your beer. This then opens up in the back to the main bar where they have their tapped offerings with a decent amount of seating.

The Quality is perfect. It's a clean, comfortable bar area serving world-class beer.

The Service has always been fantastic. I was able to talk to one of their bartenders for a good 10 minutes when I was learning about their beers and their release schedule because it was a non-crowded Sunday afternoon. He was very knowledgeable and helped recommend some tapped beers that I really enjoyed.

The Selection is incredible. They normally have 20+ beers on tap that includes their regular lines, occasionally some special brews, and they normally have a couple one-off batches as well, for example the Pineapple Right-Side Up Lager the last time I was there. They also have some glasses and other swag.

They don't serve food, but often on the weekends they'll have a food truck. They had a burger food truck outside the first time I went, and it was delicious.

I luckily took a job in Sarasota recently, so I get to visit here a couple times a year now. I'll be sure to visit every single time I'm in town. This is the quintessential example of what a brewpub should be.

09-24-2013 14:50:10 | More by smartassboiler
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blackcoyote13

Georgia

4.16/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

This was my second time at the brewery, with the first being about 2 years ago. I remember a good selection of draft beers back then, along with some very tasty brews on tap (110k+OT, Zhukov's, etc), friendly staff and an open atmosphere and good prices. Things have since changed.

Firstly, Cigar City has expanded a LOT since my first visit. There is an entirely new tasting room, with no less than 24 different beers on tap. Regular offerings, Marshal Zhukov's, nitro stouts with coffee, sours, strange flavors, you name it and they have something for you to try. Talk about variety to choose from! The original room is now primary a retail area and growler filling station, with a few coolers of bottles to pick through. There is a gentleman from Cuba who sits at a station and hand-wraps cigars from imported tobacco leaves, which are taken for aging and then displayed and sold in the tasting room (a synergistic marketing partnership I would say). The tour guide was excellent and had some candid thoughts on the brewery's history, line of thinking, etc. Samples on the tour were generous and it was extremely affordable (~$5), as is most everything in the tasting room. I did have to sit through a list of how many awards they had won and a bit of bitter rumination from the guide about the beers that beat them out in certain competitions. Not fans of losing an award really it seems. I did have the opportunity to meet the owner who was popping open a 4-pk of The Alchemist's Heady Topper in the tasting room. Joey seemed like a nice enough guy and a half glass was happily shared (even when a sip is all that was requested) so I tip my cap to Joey for keeping the "beer is for sharing" philosophy alive, even when its the #1 BA rated beer at stake. What I am noticing though is that, despite saturation issues with product volume in FL, there are other developments with this brewery that mirror the craft beer "black market" snobbery that is so distasteful these days. I also noted some MASSIVE swings in the quality of the brews that Cigar City is putting out, from the fantastic, wooden delight White Oak Jai Alai to the ash tray and cedar pond water that they tapped on cask called a Humidor Marshal Zhukov's. They are pushing the boundaries of beer for sure, but they do not seem to know when to say uncle and toss something that tastes nasty either. I will leave the tasting notes to the beer reviews though.

I guess with success in the craft beer industry comes a bit of nose lifting too. Cigar City keeps a stock of items which are not for sale to the general public until the Catador's have had their share and only if there is anything left over. This is perfectly legit. However, how they handle inquiring minds who are interested in their more esoteric brews says a lot about your brewery too, especially when you have to turn folks down. It is better customer service not to set out a bunch of items in full display to all customers and then to explain that they dont qualify to purchase these items on display. A bit more tactful to seperate these from the retail shop displays, but this is minor. On my last trip by before leaving town, I dropped by to pick up a bottle of the Forgotten Island quad (aged in Rum barrels), of which there were 18-20 left for sale in the fridge earlier in the day (and had been that way all week). I asked if they had any bottles left and was told that the last bottle had been sold today, which is believable I guess, until you see four to five cases of the bottles sitting behind the counter, some of which are sweating from having been pulled from the fridge to make room for the less popular Gentleman's Club co-op with Widmer that was being loaded earlier that day by an employee. When I inquired about those bottles, there was a bit of a snarky "we have no more for sale" reply, and that was the end of that. Several bottles of the 2013 batch of 110k+OT were visibly sitting around, although the bartender/growler filler lady was happy to inform me that all 110k+OT was sold out to Catadors within 20 minutes of release this year and that all of the bottles had been picked up already. I pointed out the four bottles in question and the bartender promptly retrieved them and placed them under the bar. My experiences were at times similar in the tasting room, with Catadors coming in to brag about the beer they had which was being traded to get other brews or sold for massive profits, without any signs of discomfort from the staff. Lots of younger folks coming in with the an air of importance and lots of friends to brag about their "CCB" conquests too. All in all, I was disappointed that the craft beer industry pretention seems to be soaking in to the staff and also the crowd with this brewery, even if the head honcho does not seem to be too caught onto it. Make no mistake though, the brewery is no slouch and their creativity does result in some incredible beers.

09-16-2013 18:27:41 | More by blackcoyote13
Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
100 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.