Cigar City Brewing
Active Beers: 292
Beer Ratings: 28,973
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 148 | Show All Ratings:
2.75/5 rDev -40.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
(March 20, 2010)
Coming from Michigan I have high expectations on micro-brews having been to about 12 different breweries. When a group of friends and myself walked into CCB we were looked down on. There was no clear area for ordering beer. The bar was packed with patrons and there were 3 guys working behind the bar. They were doing various things, like cleaning glasses, polishing growlers and talking amongst themselves. All while we were standing there, waiting to order. It took them about 10 minutes to acknowledge us and finally serve us. The beer was good but not stellar or better then anything I have had up to this point. The tasting room was too small and they had only beer, no snacks, nothing. The overall attitude of this place was that "hey, we have a beer that was rated 100 on ratebeer so we can act like we are the best and you can bow down before us if you want service". Well, I have news for you, no thanks and I will take my business elsewhere.
As for the beer, I had about 6 different samplings. The IPA (Jai Alai) was good, but not a traditional tasting IPA. The top beer there was their imperial stout (Zhukov's imperial stout). Very well balanced and flavorful.
Overall, if you decide to go to the tasting room then be sure that you either wear your "members only" jacket our figure out what the password is to get served beer.
05-08-2010 00:59:51 | More by thebends1
2.75/5 rDev -40.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Okay, get your shit together guys. I traveled all the way from NC and was expecting much more at Huna day 2014. Didn't get to try any of the taps I wanted because of greedy bastards who managed to get by your lazy-ass "ticket checker." Great beer, shitty service, overpriced food = overrated experience. Hope you fix your issues.
03-10-2014 07:34:17 | More by winningwes91
3.23/5 rDev -29.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
I have visited this place twice and both times I have experienced the worst service I have experienced at a bar. On my first trip the server refused to serve me a sampler (paddle of 4 beers). The server looked at me, gave me a face, and said you will have to wait and left my presence and never came back. The second bartender did serve me, but did not smile, interact, or look at me. On my second trip I visited the establishment on a Thursday Morning. My wife and I were the only people at the bar. The server (women) did not greet us and we were waiting at the bar for about 10 minutes before she approached us. When we were asking questions, she was very short and when I asked for a sample, she began to display signs of frustration and made us feel like we were bothering her. In addition, when we finished our first order of beers she was talking to someone and completely forgot about us. I had to get up and approach her. This was the worse experience of my life. Beer is about a culture that is close, open, and friendly. This place has not shown me this sign of the beer experience regarding the service. The crowed is a different story and a great crowed of people.
What really bothers me is that I love this place, their beer, and the atmosphere. However, good service is becoming harder to find and there are many other beer places to visit and many other great beers to drink. I will visit again and I hope that my experience is equal to the many great reviews I have read on this site.
09-10-2011 15:54:03 | More by Anonx
3.52/5 rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.58/5 rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
A. Tense and usually busy... People are very pushy and not very polite. You have to work to get a beer...
Q The normal stuff is fair and the limited stuff is really good but infrequent.
S moderate... There is never enough servers and it takes forever to get anything. A lot of the bar tenders are very rude.
S they have there usuals and sometimes they have something out of the ordinary...
Bottles are very pricey, drafts are usually reasonable.
I think ccb as a whole is getting a little arrogant and elitist... I guess that is one of the growing pains...
04-03-2013 03:08:43 | More by Lare453
3.58/5 rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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
3.58/5 rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Its a cool place and I love that they have a person hand rolling cigars in the tasting room. The staff isn't the friendliest, and lack of food selection really hurt my reviews. Overall I will be going back, hopefully when it is a little less crowded. It really had a college bar feel to it. Maybe I'm being a little too harsh, but I'm used to places like Founders, Sierra and Stone which all set the bar very high.
12-20-2013 04:47:14 | More by Monstro
3.84/5 rDev -16.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
01-02-2012 05:22:54 | More by JayS2629
3.93/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Well was in Gainesville in the early am and talked the wife into making a run to Tampa, and glad we did. We got there on a day where they were doing a raffle on the Barrel aged RIS, we entered but did not get lucky, anyway was crowded to the max, lol good times
Its your standard corner micro brewery and tasting room. Since I can compare the two BBC and CCB, We have to say that CCB comes out on top here also.
The bar is 90 degrees to the entrance, the restrooms are in the warehouse/brewery area, so its a hot trip trip back and forth. No smoking inside is great. The bar is nice, new of course and had about 20 chairs yesterday. Very friendly folks who actually introduced themselves!!. They had a large ratebeer crowd and a few BA folks all were very friendly. We got lucky as they had a cask of the 110k+OT Batch #3 so that was an early treat. so it s was a wild day. The beer list had 2 barrel aged RIS, in sniffer's, and you could buy 4 beers in bomber, the only beer that was hard to drink was the Gruit. which even they admitted required an open mind, I drank it and it was weird but not that terrible.
Anyway the got no food but the let you go get pizza and they usually have open tables and a less crowded Saturday but hey we love it when its crazy had a great time too bad we had to drive all the way back to Jax.
Beer list was nice, not for your average BMC drinker, yea it ran off the non craft lovers.
05-23-2010 12:23:17 | More by azorie
3.93/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It was raining today when we went to Tampa. We had intended on a trip to the zoo but wound up at the Cigar City Brewery and had a great time. Tasting room was packed and it took a long time to get one of the bar keeps attention. Once we did it....was....on! Being from OH this was a treat for me! Im super glad we stopped and got treata for the journey home.
03-07-2014 03:55:50 | More by camartin27
Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
100 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.