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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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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 683
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located in an industrial building, more the feel of a working brewery than a brewpub. That said, the bar is well put together. Seating for about 15 along the bar, another 8-10 tables with 4 seats each. Kinda sterile feeling, but the best that could be done in the industrial complex. Very good music mix (Primus, Blind Melon, Radiohead, White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc). Only high quality offerings, five CC beers (Jai Alai, Mafuro, Oatmeal Raisin, Hunahpuh's, Brandy Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukovs's) and 2 guest taps (both from Swamphead).

Very friendly staff, helpful walk-through of the beers on tap and the pricing. Minimum of swag available for purchase (4 types of shirts, some bottles to go). Nice operation overall, I'd love to see them grow into something even bigger.

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Photo of tubbnik
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

CCB was our second or third beer visit on a recent trip to central FL and definitely the highlight. We arrived early afternoon on a Thursday. There were 4 or 5 other patrons in the tasting room, all from the Northeast. The wife and I took a seat at the bar, I had a draft sampler and the wife ordered a Humidor Gruit while we talked to the other guests. The drafts were excellent, especially the Maduro. After about 10 minutes, my wife and I were the only people in the tasting room and really got a chance to talk beer and music with Tim, great guy. I walked myself around the brewery, pretty standard affair. I loved the empty bottles lining the walls and loved seeing cases of unlabeled BA Hunahpu. After my sampler I bought a bottle of Humidor IPA (9 bucks!!) to relax with while we chatted. Joey and Wayne were in and out quite a bit and made a point to stop, chat, talk beer and fish tacos (big ups to Dunedin!). We happened to be on site when the first samples of 110K+OT #3 were being pulled from primary for the CCB folks to taste. Wayne allowed my wife and I to split a small snifter! I mean seriously, how awesome is that!?!? We probably spent about two hours there before we got back on the road and headed to Brighthouse Field for a photo op, but I could have stayed MUCH longer. I am stoked to see that the guys will be making the trip up to Philly Beer Week, and making a stop in Montco.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

CCb's taproom has been open almost 2 months now, so I guess it's time for a formal reveiw. The place is small, but it has a really authentic, cool, Tampa vibe, with an awesome bar.

Let me start off by saying that I frequent this place, so I will try and give an unbiased opinion here. First, the beer is outstanding! Jai Alai and Maduro are great staples and I almost always grab a pint of one of these before any special offering. Second, yes, the service does need some work. There have been times that the bartenders look like they would rather be doing something else, but, I am giving them the benefit of the doubt because of the newness of the tasting room. And plus they are very busy, they not only do pint sales, but they also sell and fill all the growlers, and sell merchandise. But I will give em this, they always pour your beer properly and in the correct glassware. There are about 7 taps (maybe 8, can't remember exactly) 4-5 are dedicated to CCB brews and the rest are guest taps. There is no food or snacks, but you can bring food in if you want.

Overall, there are some kinks to work out, but I love coming here and drinking CCB beer.

Edit: Kinks have been worked out. This place is awesome!

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Photo of thebends1
2.75/5  rDev -38.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

(March 20, 2010)
Coming from Michigan I have high expectations on micro-brews having been to about 12 different breweries. When a group of friends and myself walked into CCB we were looked down on. There was no clear area for ordering beer. The bar was packed with patrons and there were 3 guys working behind the bar. They were doing various things, like cleaning glasses, polishing growlers and talking amongst themselves. All while we were standing there, waiting to order. It took them about 10 minutes to acknowledge us and finally serve us. The beer was good but not stellar or better then anything I have had up to this point. The tasting room was too small and they had only beer, no snacks, nothing. The overall attitude of this place was that "hey, we have a beer that was rated 100 on ratebeer so we can act like we are the best and you can bow down before us if you want service". Well, I have news for you, no thanks and I will take my business elsewhere.

As for the beer, I had about 6 different samplings. The IPA (Jai Alai) was good, but not a traditional tasting IPA. The top beer there was their imperial stout (Zhukov's imperial stout). Very well balanced and flavorful.

Overall, if you decide to go to the tasting room then be sure that you either wear your "members only" jacket our figure out what the password is to get served beer.

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