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Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
BA SCORE
100
world-class

414 Ratings
Ratings: 414
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 12.23%
Active Beers: 399
Beer Ratings: 41,169
Beer Avg: 3.88
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev -13.3%

A define must stop if you are in the area. They have a list of beers that is changing daily and the sample prices are very reasonable. Each 4oz glass is either 1.50 or 2.00 and the pints are 5.00-6.00. They offer a brewery tour for 5$ that gets you a pint glass to take home and they fill it with one of their lower alcohol beers.

spinrsx, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%

This is truly a beer lovers' paradise. There are people out there who don't care for Cigar City's beer, and that's understandable...you can't please everyone. But like them or not, this is a great place to go for craft beer, and I can guarantee that even a skeptic will find a least a handful of brews here that they can enjoy. I've had several of CC's brews over the years, and I was never really "WOWed" by anything in particular, but I think it's safe to say that visiting the source turned me into a believer.

Set in a semi-converted warehouse, CC has enough room to accommodate a large crowd pretty easily. There are two bars: a smaller one seemingly mainly for growler fills, but where you can also take a seat and have your choice of about 10 different beers in sampler or full-size pours. The larger bar really has the full array of beers that CC has to offer, and you can make your own sampler flights. Make sure you check both bars, because the front bar, while smaller, had several beers that were not available at the main bar. Selection overall was tremendous and diverse, and if CC's own line of brews isn't enough for you, they keep about 5 or 6 local guest taps on. Prices were friendly.

Service was fine. I usually prefer to plant myself at the bar in any given establishment, but as CC's bar was extremely full, the wife and I took a small booth to the side, and I got up periodically to order flight after flight. It was just easier to do it that way, considering how busy it was, though I did see a few servers making rounds to the tables once in a while.

They don't serve food here, but it seems like food carts are available outside regularly.
Also available is a wide array of merch, as well as bottles. Hello, big fridge full of Bourbon Barrel Big Sound...or whatever specialty item might be available at the time.

I'd say this is Tampa's premiere beer location, and one of very few of the redeeming factors in a city I found to be otherwise generally repulsive. CC is a vital stop, and I'd definitely go back, in the unlikely chance I ever find myself in the area again.

Rifugium, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%

A must visit of Florida Breweries. Grab a pint, a tour, and leave with at least 3 growlers of killer beer. I love how you can get a pint and just wander around the brewery once the tour is over. The staff is very friendly; with the exception of one bartender that no longer works there who was one of the rudest people I’ve ever met. They don’t serve food but have menus of local places that will deliver. We got a pizza and a few pints and it made a great dinner. If you don’t visit Cigar City when you are in Tampa, you are really missing one of the best Craft Beer spots.

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of MarcatGSB
5/5  rDev +9.2%

A true beer destination all on it's own. They are growing, and in a good way. Expanding their production facility, canning, adding more barrel aged beers to their line up, adding new treatments to already great beers. Wow.
We spent 5 out of our 9 nights in the Tampa area at CCB. Each of which held great surprises. The first night we pulled up, we were amazed by the size of the facility. I guess they just bought a good portion of the buildings around them, and expanded the tap room...literally weeks before we arrived. I never would have known had I not asked. The initial room that you walk into (which used to be THE brew pub) is now the "growler bar". They have ten or so taps in the growler bar that you can fill 32 oz. or 128 oz. growlers, and enjoy a pint. Great idea...stops congestion at the other bar, and they sometimes slip different beers onto the growler bar without posting them on the screen in the main pub.

After walking thru the growler room/store front area, the back bar opens up into a long room with a shuffle board table on one side (awesome, love this classic game), and a long 15-20 seat bar with 8 to 10 tables varying in sizes through the area.
It's an impressive bar, really. 40 taps, with a huge 50 inch TV above with an easy to read, update the second tap list. Boom, as soon as something new is put it, it's added to the tap list on the computer, a quick refresh, and it's listed. Name, style, abv, size pour, price. How awesome is that?
Jake was behind the bar the first night, and I could tell he wasn't really a bartender, but we started talking with him, and he was a really nice guy. As it turns out, he does all the treatments for the beer...I find this out as I'm drinking White Oak Jai Alai and it was wonderful, so I made sure I gave him his due praise by going out to my hoopde and grabbing a Dark Horse BA Plead the 5th.
Over the course of the next five nights, we were able to join at least one or two, sometimes more new brews each night, each of which were great beers. I think my least favorite was a raspberry lager, but still enjoyed it more than many beers I had on my journey.
I know CCB hasn't been around long, but the overall quality of the beer they are producing, their brewing facility, their brew pub, and the general feel and atmosphere of this place puts it in the upper echelon of breweries I have visited including Founders, Three Floyds, and Bells. I can only see great things coming to them. If anyone from CCB is reading this review, thank you so much for the great times we shared there, Kelly and I will be back, hopefully soon! And thanks for letting us crash in your parking lot, weee!

MarcatGSB, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%

Hopped by since we were in Howey-in-the-Hills for a wedding. As soon as we accepted the invite, we knew CCB was on the itinerary.

Atmosphere is nice. Two bars, with plenty of seating. Lots of tables as well. A couple of coolers for bottles and cans. Nice little retail section in the front as well. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, etc etc

The beer selection was great. I think they had about 20 different things on tap. The Big Sound Bourbon Barrel Aged was the nicety of the day in bottles. I grabbed a couple of those, and then brought home a growler of Itsa PA and then a 6er of Jai Alai.

The BS BBL was really great. Great bourbon nose. The Itsa is one of my top PAs ever. Overall, I think I tried 9 different beers with flites, etc.

I will definitely be heading back when I'm in town.

dvmin98, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of srhoadsy
5/5  rDev +9.2%

My second time visiting and will make a point to come more often. They have expanded the tasting room since my last visit which makes things much less crowded and cramped. Front bar selection was impressive, back bar selection was amazing. Orange Tangerine Ale, Dark Saison and now even Cider.

Tour was a lot of fun and informative. Guide was very nice, patient and knowledgeable. Even got to sample Tony Janus straight from fermenter "just awesome".

Atmosphere was fun, friendly and relaxed.

What can you say about the selection. Barrel Aged Big Sound, Rollin' Dirty, Cider, Itsa Pale Ale. Just to many too list. Highlight, a white oak barrel aged with vanilla beans irish amber on nitro tap called "Hornswoggled". Cannot say enough about this beer. Taste of bourbon without the alcohol burn, toffee, vanilla and just an amazingly creamy sweet body.

On top of all this, the brewery is conveniently located and extremely easy to get to. Just off of 275. Cannot wait to go back.

srhoadsy, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Caveman86
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%

Well priced for everything and the wait staff is excellent. Definitely take the tour if you get a chance, one of the best parts about the Brewery, besides the awesome beer of course. Just wish they had White Oak Jai Lai on tap 24/7 :). Best thing I have found is to get a flight mainly because they have so many different types of special releases on tap. Makes it a lot easier to be able to try all the different beers that they have. The Tasting room is expanding the near future so that will definitely add to their ability to have more taps and to have certain beers on tap at all times.

Caveman86, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Nicolay3535
5/5  rDev +9.2%

This place is magical I can't say enough about the CCB team, everyone is so friendly and people are always having a blast there. CCB would have gotten perfect score if they had food on location but the awesome food truck get the job done. The tap room has a ton of beers available on tap and plenty of bottles to purchase as well. The tour is awesome, super clean facility with hard working folks making some of the best beer i have ever tried. I admire their brand it's very true to Tampa and very true to Florida, as a floridian this makes me very proud, Thanks Cigar City for giving us floridians one more reason to brag about our state.

Nicolay3535, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of SDean82
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%

This place is great! The employees are very friendly and knowledgeableof the different beers that they have. They are constantly changing out the selection on tap so anytime you are there you can always try something that is different, not to mention they always have a selection that is bottled or now canned that you can choose from to take home. They also growler which is nice. As for food, they do not have a kitchen there but a few different times a week they will bring in different food trucks from the Tampa Bay area that you can choose from. If you are ever in the area it is a DEFINITE to go visit!

SDean82, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of randyherring
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%

The CCB original location is not much to see, a basic warehouse with what could be a large office for the tasting room. The bartenders are fantastic. They really know the product and because it is a family owned business, everyone is treated like family.

The beer produced is always quality, although usually in limited quantities for the really good stuff. The flagship beer, Jai Lai, is now a staple offering at most Tampa Bay area establishments. Because the line up is always changing and in limited supply, you need to drop by at least once a week to ensure you get to try all their wares. These guys are good.

The owner, Joey Redner, is a local guy whose father is well known in the area for his entertainment establishments (I don't think dad's locations sell beer, too bad). Joey has built a reputation as the area's best brewer. He was not the first in Tampa, but his creativity and willingness to brew unique beers makes him the best we have.

I recommend anyone visiting the Tampa Bay area to visit Cigar City. They now have a couple of off brewery locations, including a location in air-side C at Tampa International, where you can try limited release brews available only at that location.

Cheers!

randyherring, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of krazybartender
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Went for a brewery tour in April 2012. The place is very clean and all the employees are nice and have a fun, laid back attitude. The brewpub is small but there's cool stuff to look at like lights made out of beer bottles and quotes about beer on the walls. All of their awards are lined up at the end of the bar. Service was quick and bartenders were very knowledgeable about the beers. I tried a few beers while I was there and they were all very tasty. There's also a small gift shop and beer is available to-go including growler fillups at a great price. I am going back for sure.

krazybartender, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev -11.4%

l visited Cigar City last week. Walking through the door to the tasting room, there is a small cutout on the right side for merchandise. Beside that is a cooler stocked with assorted 750ml bottles as well as single 12oz and six-packs. All clearly labled with prices. A chalk board display lists the draft offerings available in 32oz and gallon growlers for take away along with their prices. Off to the left wall are glass doors that lead into the brewery. When I arrived a tour was coming towards the end and they all piled into the tasting room which was not huge by any means but it was large enough to handle the 30+ people or so. Along the far back wall was some 2 seater tables along with a dart board. I could see myself spending a lot of my free time here if I was a local.

At the time of my visit, there were something like 24 taps. A very nice spread of offerings that focused primarily on their own staples with some seasonals and one-off experimentals. I was surprised by the 8 or so guest taps that were solid. Understandably in attendance was other local breweries with the likes of swamp head, tampa brewing, seventh sun and hill farmstead of all things which was a shocker.

I think there was something like 10 beers I wanted to try that I either never had or heard of before and figured there was no other way id have the opportunity to try them again anytime soon considering I live in PA. Unfortunately (???) Brandy barrel aged Hunahpu was also on draft and that completely absorbed all of my attention. Before I knew it, 2 hours had passed and I only tried but 2 other beers! Another visit is obviously necessary.

Not only can you buy drafts and growlers in the tasting room but they sell samplers. Pick any 4 (except guest brews) for $6. Not bad considering the serving size is around 4oz or so. Just enough to let you know whats up and whether a full pour is worthwhile. During my visit I easily spent more money than I wanted to. Trust me, its easy to do and their prices are not bad by any means.

Being nit-picky here because I cant just speak about how great this place is and not mention the thing or 2 I noticed that was not so great. After getting my fill of draft offerings, I wanted to buy growlers and bottles to go. I filled 2 cases worth of bottles to share with my friends back home. To me, it was quite a bit of money and I intended to still buy some growlers. However, it took quite a long time for me to get acknowledged by someone who would ring me up other than just look at me and say "someone will be with you" before walking away and taking someone else's draft order. After all the people waiting for drafts were taken care of, the attention then came my way. At this point I lost interest in getting any growler fills.

stakem, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of evilpessimist
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%

The tasting room is run by friendly an highly knowledgeable staff. There are about 17 beers on tap. I tried a sampler and settled on the Tocobaga Red Ale to take home with me. Most growlers are around $8 if you have your own bottle, otherwise $12.

Apparently this "tasting room"/bar is kind of a local secret and regulars would prefer it to remain that way... too bad! The atmosphere was almost better then the beer.

It's located very close to the airport, less than a mile, so there's no excuse not to try this out while you're in town.

evilpessimist, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%

A good selection of drafts at reasonable prices. For $5 they give you a tour, a beer, and a glass. Though the tour is only slightly informative and fairly boring, the beer and the glass are definitely worth $5. I tried the espresso brown ale and humidor series IPA, and both were absolutely delicious on draft. The tour did give me some of the best news I received in a while though: Cigar City is expanding! Now I won't have a problem finding maduro when I walk into the local whole foods. Great news indeed. Overall, a very good experience.

Danny1217, May 08, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.58/5  rDev 0%

Coming here was almost a religious experience. There were (I think) 15 or 16 CCB taps, and maybe 6 guest taps. Samplers were four four-ouncers for six bucks...not a bad deal. Myself and my girlfriend got three samplers and tried everything on tap that we had never had, and about 80% of them were hits. Our favorite was a prickly pear berliner weisse that made my knees weak. Our bartender was on top of things and extremely friends. The three samplers, two pint glasses, snifter, and a 32oz growler of the Ligero black lager (including glass) ran me about $40 bucks, which is acceptable by my standards. Wonderful place, and if you're on the west coast of Florida or even Orlando, you've gotta come to CCB.

bigfnjoe, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%

I was in Tampa for a work event in mid-march and took a cab the 4 miles from my hotel to check out a brewery I would like to try more from.

Atm- From the outside it looks like a old steel building in an outdated industrial park on a small back road in tampa. Inside the tasting room is all hardwood with a big long bar. Nice music playing and lots of dark colors, golds and browns.

Quality- I was the 1st one in the door and sat at the bar and ordered my flight. CCB makes some great beers and I had to get my hands on them.

Service- My server was great. She knew her beer and was able to make some suggestions about which try.

Selection- Overall, 17 beers on tap and the one I wanted to try ran out. Oh well. Had a great selections of styles to choose from including some Barrel aged selections as well as some new beers.

Food- N/A

Value- Overall a great place for a flight and a glass combo. I paid 12 for 4 beers and a CCB snifter w tax.

FosterJM, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of chickenflea
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%

The brewery is in an industrial park near downtown Tampa. I did not tour the brewery, but instead camped out in the tasting room that adjoins the brewery. The ambiance of the tasting room is barely adequate. It feels like it could have served as the reception area for the brewery at one point with noisy flat drywall and tile interior..

However, the beers are superior with a wide selection of excellent beers and beer styles that rotates constantly. Some beers are found only here. I have been there when the brewers have stepped next door and used the patrons to test sample concoctions put together on the fly. Fascinating. If you love CCB beer (and how could you not) you absolutely must go here. There is not other was to access the amazingly excellent low-distribution product available from the brewer.

chickenflea, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%

Why are the best places off the beat'en path???? I dont know and I dont care...just keep'em coming baby! Cigare City is off a main drag amongst some warehouse space. The tasting room is just that...a neatly arrange area for tasting....to get to the bathrooms you have to walk through the brewery...so it is almost like having a self guided tour every 2-3 beers. The quality of the beers was very good. The service was fine...poured them with the best. Many....many...many beers to chose from with many different styles. No food served here amigos. Overall it was a great experience and I am glad I visited there.

WoodBrew, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Finatic
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Finatic, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of dbelcher5761
4.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

dbelcher5761, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jtmiller03
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

jtmiller03, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
3.84/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

JayS2629, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of lackenhauser
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

lackenhauser, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of GreenCard
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

GreenCard, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.09/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Spider889, Dec 11, 2011
Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
100 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.