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Cigar City Brewing

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3.95/5
Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(813) 348-6363 | map
www.cigarcitybrewing.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2008

BEER STATS
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333
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Ratings:
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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
99
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
683
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.6%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 683
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Had a great time here doing flights of many beers. The quality here is unbeatable. Talked to the guy selling handmade cigars for a while that tossed in an extra cigar for me. We were very hurried as we had our three kids with us. Place was packed, but still got to our beers quickly. Neighborhood feeling still.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

First question: Why do a review of a place like Cigar City, which all BAs have on their bucket list? Answer: because sometimes you can get your hopes up and be disappointed. So here's my review:

My brother and I visited on a weekday at the end of May, 2016. Arrived at the Tap Room not long after opening. As we walked in, the staff was loading the cooler with Oak Aged Jai Alai that had been canned the day before. I raised my hands and shouted, "Yes! Yes!" What great luck that was! We took 4 fourpacks back home with us. So delicious.

At the bar, there were 20 beers on tap, covering a range of options. It's a great vibe, very knowledgable staff. We got a pour from the 2014 bottle of Huna--very cool, although the beer is better fresh, in my opinion.

Yes, CC has to be on your bucket list. You might get lucky like we did, or you might not, but it's still a must-visit if you are in Tampa.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

This is stop #3 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. This place has to be a must-visit by any beer geek who travels to the Tampa area. We arrived in time to join a brewery tour, which meant that we got to drink 4 samplers at different stages of the tour. (An $8 fee and you get to keep the 4 oz. Logo snifter.)

We lucked out after the tour when we went into the tap room to try a few other beers. They were pouring 5 oz. Portions of 2014 Hunaphu from bottles, and this has been one beer on my bucket list to try someday. WOW! Best beer that I've ever had the opportunity to drink! We also tried the White Oak Jai Alai which I didn't like as much as the regular Jai Alai, but it was still a very good beer.

The vibe in this tap room is special, and to get to take a tour caused this to be a special day. I'll say it again, this place has to be a must-visit by any beer geek who is anywhere nearby to Tampa. It is worth the visit.

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Photo of roachkid40
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Had a great time visiting this brewery. Not too far off the beaten path, my wife and I started with a flight of 4 "irregulars" that included 1.) a Strawberry Cream IPA, 2.) Cask Vanilla Maduro 3.) Jai Alai White oak and 4.)Revenge of Mr. Saison. All different and all great in their own way. My wife had 4 of her own, in which the Cubano Espresso was her fav. After the tasting, we took the tour and got to see where the magic is made. I recommend taking this tour as our guide was very informative of the beer making process as well as the history of the area, in which they have named a few of their beers after (Jai alai -the sport, and Maduro- Tampa use to be the cigar maker capital). Plus, you get to taste test their #1 seller fresh off the production line, as well as access to the White Oak 4 packs....hmmmm.

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Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Seems to just be constantly busy. Selection of beers all fresh and delicious. Had everything you look for in brew pub bar but maybe could use a few waitresses patrolling.

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Photo of BeerDaveGA
4.57/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Big place, great tours lots of variety As I was about to leave, the skies opened up with one of the biggest downpours I've seen (even in FL) - Lucky!

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Photo of FEUO
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Landed in the area after Huna day. Fridge had a good selection of other stuff. Tap list was ho hum but ok.
Guy working the bottles/growlers to-go counter was a total d-bag. Could not stand this turd. Left me hanging with my thumb up my ass while he chit chatted with two dudes that arrived at the spot AFTER me and who weren't buying any beer. However, my bartender when I went for tasters at the inside bar area was fantastic. Super friendly and talkative. Overall, for a tasting room it was ok. Sort of stale even if a bit busy. Even the vibe at Founders killed this. I would go back if I was close by but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

You walk in, see a bar, a decent CCB draft selection, and are surrounded by coolers with CCB cans and bottles that, if you're from out of state, are pretty much impossible to get outside of a trade, and you think, well, this is pretty good.

Then you lean over a little bit, look down the bar through the walkway and realize, there's another bar. You walk to that bar and see an impressive wall o' taps with 3x as many brews on tap as the first room.

CCB has so many damn beer varieties, they wouldn't even have room for guest beers if they wanted to tap them. And almost all of those styles are well done, and a number of them are unique and/or rare. While we were there, they had a sour brewed with skittles, a de Molen collab, 110k nearing the end of it's run, Florida Man had just been kegged and tapped, and the omg delicious Cubano Espresso, among many many others. Those were just the big time killer standouts for us at the time. It seems the locals really lean towards sours, which is great, but there is so much else going on it's hard to decide.

There appears to normally be a food truck available outside, and with the huge space they have outside, and the picnic tables open for seating, there's plenty of room for anything anywhere, even on Huna weekend.

On top of all this, there are cigars available for purchase.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.6/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Lots of great beer but beware they don't offer beer to go unless you bring your own glass growler or buy one of their $50 insulated growlers. Crowler machine=broken. Other than that they have cans for sale of the same stuff you find in grocery stores and a cooler with a couple of different bottles.

The place is set up kind of confusing. There are 2 bars. I think the one up front is for growlers fills (LOL) and tasting. The one out back is larger and no growler fills. Some beers are the same at both bars, no idea if you could get growler fills of whatever is at other bar.

There was also a guy who was sitting at a podium who was no help answering my questions. "I'm off the clock".

Pretty much a wasted trip. All that great beer and no way to take any home. Not everyone can sit and drink and drive!

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Photo of rponder
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: The place had a really good vibe with some classic rock playing. They weren't overly crowded for a Sunday morning so we settled right up to the bar.

Quality: The beer quality is great. I had a Big Sound which was delicious as always.

Service: The beer staff was very friendly and attentive. The guy who served my wife and I helped my wife choose what to drink since she wasn't sure and he gave great recommendations on other beers.

Selection: They had a strong selection that day so no complaints here.

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

Had a great time here with a buddy the other day. Went on the tour, which was a great time, and hung out in the tap room. The tour had us try about 5 different beers along the way, all at different stages in the brewing process. Their taproom had great selection as well. I wish I lived closer, I'd be back more often!

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Photo of Revrynd
4.03/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

To be fair the night I went there they were out of water due to some pipe breaking or something. When we went to the counter and told the tender we were from Michigan on a beer tour he basically gave us the run down of their wares and offered samples of everything he thought we would like. There was a food truck outside that night and the vibe was amazing. There were bathrooms next to where the grain was stored so you got to basically walk through the brewery on your way to the restroom(super cool). Overall I would say this is an amazing brewery absolutely the best brewery I saw in the south and had great service with even better beer! If I lived there, I would be a regular.

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Photo of Beer4B
3.46/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.25

I love a lot of CCB beers and spend a lot $...my only complaints is that their space is horrible. It's a warehouse with orange walls and no character. Not a place to enjoy the space or scenery or take the wife.
The selection is often poor with the regulars and some variants of the regulars. Lately they have been improving the draft selections...still don't know why things like Zhukov aren't on all year round.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.54/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.25

The Mecca of craft brewing in Florida, a place I have been wanting to visit for quite sometime. The opportunity presented itself today and I jumped at it. Sadly, however, I walked away with mixed feelings.

The is no question as to the quality of their beer as they are considered master crafters in FL, or their selection, by far some of the widest ranging I have seen in any taproom. The vibe was pretty good as they have two separate rooms that allow the customer to choose from a more dimly lit, dare I say romantic atmosphere, to a brighter, lighter half that takes the beer goggles out of the equation. What disappointed me was the service - absolutely horrible. I stood around for a good 10-minutes before one of the two bartenders got around to me. Mind you, two bartenders on a beautiful Saturday afternoon - two! They've got to know better than that, and during the holidays no less.

I guess I'll have to come back on a weekday or some hum-drum weekend when it isn't so busy. (At least they sell sixers - a big plus - so I was able to walk with something more than the one taste that I got...

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Photo of Docrock
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited while in town for business. Couple of different small areas/bars to drink in. 30 beers on tap with a decent selection. We got 3 different samplers and all were solid. Good Gourd nitro was very good. Would be nice to have some food available but overall it was worth the effort to get there.

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Photo of eifster82
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Real nice brewery. Friendly staff, lots of beers, good vibe. The place doesn't serve food but there are always food trucks outside so that's not an issue. Brewery tour is entertaining. Shop has a lot to choose from. Would very much recommend.

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Photo of Jrcphish
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Ive always wanted to go and it didn't disappoint. love the beer to go cooler. picked up 12 bombers and 2 sixers. staff was awesome. also - cool merch for sale! I'll be back soon!

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This brewery is the real deal in Florida. Over 20 different selections on tap and lots of bottles, cans, and merch available. Staff was extremely helpful and Victor provided an awesome tour of the brewery. Can't wait to go back!

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Photo of Sam_Schwartz
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Cool place. I would definitely recommend taking the tour, you get a glass to keep and 4 pours. I only wish they would have had some stouts on when we were there.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I'm not sure I get all the rave reviews of the PLACE. Yes, they do make some fabulous beers ... but the place itself is nothing special, they rarely have the fabulous beers on tap, and the one off stuff is generally of moderate quality.

Vibe is bustling, packed with a lot of tourists it seems (hell, I was one of them), an older crowd than, say Cycle / Coppertail / Angry Chair. More "bros". The space itself is nothing special; big gift shop stuck between the two bar area selling an odd assortment of items including CCB branded skateboards and soap is odd and seems to speak to the tourist trap idea; grab a crappy momento of your visit. No real attention given to making the place pleasant; main drinking area is just a box room with no windows and a few scattered tables. There are a number of taps but they center on IPA variations that aren't very inspiring and low abv German and English styles (ESBs, Helles Lagers, etc). Fine drinkable brews but nothing I'd go out of my way for. If you think you'll get something like Zhukov you're mistaken. The variations / casks of the browns were the nicest surprise during my visit.

Service was competent, kept the crowds moving.

As an out of towner, a let down. No real local feel, nothing special on tap. I'd much rather have spent more time at Coppertail, Angry Chair, Green Bench, Rapp, or visiting another brewery such as 7th Sun.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Extremely busy night. Very crowded and loud, yet the bartenders were still on point. Didnt take too long to get a drink. Try to stop by every time I am in the area.

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Photo of shelt11
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Such a cool place. I would recommend to anyone in the area. Very large building, tours by the hour, multiple areas to get beer, crowlers readily available, etc. Impressed!

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place seems like a pretty cool hang out spot. As soon as you walk in there are coolers full of bottles and 6 pack can for sale. Then there is the growler fill up station, with a large selection to choose from. Past the merchandise area is the main bar, with an even bigger selection at good prices. The staff was quick and was really knowledgeable about their product.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

V: Really informal, parking lot was really empty, showed up at 11:03 for the 11:00 tour. Walked into the tap room and bartender sent me into the area where tours start. Guide was hanging out talking with others before tour started. Allowed me to take my kids along and see the tour.

Q: You can tell quality is what their after. They are a rapidly expanding brewery trying to keep up with the demand for their excellent beer. Tour guide explained that the 15 barrel, tanks in the tour room are the old tanks that were originally used to brew their beer but they have upgraded to larger 30 barrel tanks and put in the newly expanded area. Smaller tanks are now used for smaller batches and used in the tour room so patrons can see the beer being made.

S: Everyone here are very friendly and we loved the tour. As soon as I walked in the bartender was very helpful and said there would be no problem taking my kids along on the tour. We were in Tampa on vacation and this was on my must do list, so we picked a rainy day to leave the beach behind to do the tour and hit the aquarium. Tour guide was excellent and even though this was only his second tour, he was really beer savy and was able to give a wonderful tour. I know the tours will only get better with experience.

S: I have tried all of there widely available beers and was eager to try something new. I was fed a steady diet of their flagship Jai Alai while on the tour but also sampled their Patio Pils at the end. In the taproom the selection was great. Lots of their beers available and I left with a bomber of their latest release, two regular joes imperial stout and a crowler of a really excellent chocolate pumpkin ale called seasonal creep from the tap room.

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Photo of CHickman
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I did not take the tour, spending time in the really nice tasting room/bar. There are 2 bars, the one up front for drinking and growler fills and then one in the back with a bigger selection in the "bar" area. The place has TV's with sports on and the feel of a local tavern.

Very welcoming and relaxed environment with a knowledgeable bartender who was equally attentive, it was an ideal craft beer setting. Cigar City made this place right. It's a craft beer destination and not just a bar; it has the 2 bars where you can get growler fills, fridges to buy 6 packs or single bombers, a gift shop, and electronic beer menus above the bar that tell the basics of each brew and which are available for growler fills and those that are brewpub exclusives. Best feature was the iPad/tablet that had the beer list which the bartender would bring over to discuss with you before offering samples. World class set up.

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