Cigar City Brewing
Active Beers: 322
Beer Ratings: 31,847
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 253 | Reviews: 152 | Show All Ratings:
4.25/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
First stop in Tampa on a recent mini vacation visit...its very close to the airport, and made for a relaxing spot to unwind a bit from the usual airport stress.
Large bar and growler fill area up front, with ample options to go in a couple of refrigerators. And a larger/longer bar area towards the rear. Friendly staff, comfortable and low key athmosphere, tons of CC options on tap, bottle, cans and growler fills. Industrial area and feel to the brewery.
No real food offered. Bring some in or order for delivery when you get there. Never understand why places like this dont have at least something decent to eat or partner with a vendor/food truck.
Well worth a visit to stock up on and enjoy the tasty CC beers.
04-02-2013 22:47:41 | More by Billolick
4.44/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in on a Thursday afternoon and was surprised to find it completely full. It was a holiday weekend so I'm sure people were off from work early, but there was also talk at the bar amongst the regulars that it's really becoming a popular place.
And why not? Great beer. Great service. Nice atmosphere. What's not to like?
The space is inside an industrial building (let's face it), and it's small (but they need room for brewing too, right?), but it's really pretty nicely done. They've put a lot of effort into it and it shows. A lot of places would have just thrown some plastic lawn furniture in and called it a day, but there was some care and attention to detail here. If there was anything that I'd have done differently it would have been to put in a nicer floor, and that's not really much to be concerned about is it?
Seeing as how it was so busy, the bar staff were really taxed. They completely kept on top of things, however, and made sure that everyone was taken care of quickly while still giving personalized service to the customers that weren't sure of what they wanted to order.
I stopped in for a bit of the tour and learned some interesting stuff. They do things a little odd (I should've asked Wayne about their mashing and lautering regime), but they're also really focused, and they make great beers.
Definitely worth a visit!
12-24-2010 15:26:46 | More by NeroFiddled
4.3/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
(Visited 06/2011): The brewery/Tap Room is in Tampa on Spruce Street not too far from the airport. The building has a private lot right out front.
The exterior is honestly not much to look at, as it is a fairly non-descript box building. The interior is warmer looking, with a bar on the left side that offers a view of a large board listing the available beers. There is a cooler on the right side holding their to-go selection.
Speaking of selection, Cigar City's is very good. On my visit there were around 15-16 of their beers on draught, including Patio Tools, 110K+OT Batch #4, Guava Grove, White Oak Jai Alai and Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale. All of the beers are well-executed, even the ones that don't quite work. Samplers are available too which is helpful. The bottled selection includes both 6-packs and 750mL options.
Service on a slow weekday post-lunch afternoon. The bartender was well-versed in their beers and was friendly and attentive during our stay. The brewery offers tours several days a week.
Cigar City does not offer food.
Overall this is a great beer destination in Tampa, and in Florida in general for that matter.
12-06-2011 00:04:56 | More by Dogbrick
4.05/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Excellent place to try their beer fresh served optimally. About 10 beers on tap, many of their bottles, and growler fills. Friendly and you can talk to anyone,Great merchandise, knowledgeable staff. Lots of people everyday from all over the world. Quieter during the day of course. Guest taps from unheard of local places. In terms of tasting rooms, its average plus. For example, the Avery is a recent tasting room that blew me away. This is merely average plus. Snacks and soda for food and palate cleaners.
05-15-2011 22:09:02 | More by Sammy
4.36/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
05-22-2010 02:06:54 | More by TurdFurgison
4.47/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-20-2013 08:19:31 | More by Rifugium
4.5/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I blew right past this place, as from the front it sort of looks like any old industrial building. When I got there, I found a place with a nice laid back atmosphere and accomodating servers. Bathroom route is surprisingly through the brewing area, but was able to chat with a few workers on my way back to the pub. Prices were reasonable and would probably go back to again if I ever was in the area. Wished some Hunahpu would have been there, but its rarity is part of what makes it so special (was able to try it at a tasting the next day!).
01-05-2011 04:33:49 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.3/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been down to the brewery a bunch of times over the past two years and am finally getting around to reviewing. They have expanded greatly since my first visit adding a bar/tasting room which has created a warmer more welcoming atmosphere.
Located in an industrial park, it's basically a huge garage/warehouse space with brewing equipment and barrels everywhere. Originally there was a small tasting area but it has been taken over by inventory and equipment and pushed into the second room. This room is medium sized with a long bar and around 20-25 tables where you can sit and enjoy your beer.
They have a great variety of their beers in draft including tons of experimental one-offs and test batches. In addition they always have a very nice selection of guest beers, focusing mainly on other local breweries.
Cigar City is a really cool brewery where you can go and enjoy great beer in a relaxing atmosphere. They host some of the best beer events I've been too but it's also a fun place to go and have a beer while they fill up your growlers.
11-08-2011 07:39:28 | More by corby112
4.44/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
In Florida for the Hunaphu release, got to visit this place the day before and for the release. The brewery is located in a huge whare house on a slowish street, close to hotels for the release, about a half mile away from a strip mall area... The brewery itself, is much bigger than I imagined being a mostly local brewery. The bar area itself is a bit small, but intimate. There about 6 tables, or you can take a seat at the bar. A chalk board menu shows what drafts are on tap, 6-8 beers, then have a a couple guest taps. What's really cool is that you can buy bottles to go directly from them. They offer a 4 sample for a very reasonable price, you can choose any four beers that you want. I'd give the pub itself probably an A- due to size. However, the release itself was excellent. It was run exceedingly well. Wasn't too big, they had 5 different places to get beer so the lines never were too long. They had tons of special variants of their own beers and the guest taps were great. They had Three Floyds and Founders, which isn't much to a Chicago native, but since the later doesn't get distributed here quite a treat. The event was an A+, reminds me a slightly small more efficient Darkness Day.
I'd glad go back to CCB and Hunaphu release.
03-13-2011 14:15:56 | More by jrallen34
5/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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!
12-26-2012 21:53:54 | More by MarcatGSB
Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
100 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.