Cigar City Brewing

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3.96/5
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50,442 Ratings
Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(813) 348-6363 | map
cigarcitybrewing.com

Notes:
Oskar Blues acquired Cigar City in 2016

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
278
Reviews:
10,058
Ratings:
50,442
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.52/5
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
760
pDev:
10.62%
 
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Reviews by Spider889:
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4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Robin14
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Loved visiting this small but popular Lacal Craft Brewery. The Madura happens to be my fav.

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Photo of robotic_being
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of beer on tap at 3 different bars in the vast brewery warehouse. Chill music on the i-pod shuffle and local food trucks to keep your mind stable after a few 10% beers. The best treat were their Cask Ales on tap :)

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Photo of DavidFLetts
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of DebSab
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chopp02
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Hunahpu Day is one of the best craft beer events I have ever been to!

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Photo of npendres
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CrimeDog
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Nice spot near Tampa International....
The young lady behind the bar was fast and knowledgeable...
Full cooler of cans and bottles...
Good experience!

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Photo of einman
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.01/5  rDev -33.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.25

Thursday, 6/14/18. Dizzying array of taps and a killer sounding menu (though we didn't eat). The general vibe is pretty snobby though. We got there 20 minutes before last call but were still (reluctantly) served. Had a flight and walked out with some Space Pope. Two of the bartenders were relatively friendly but one guy just couldn't be bothered. I asked him some legit questions about the Marshall Zhukov variants and he treated me like I was a nail in his foot. I couldn't have felt more unwelcome. So...vibe? Nah.

"It's......Marshall Zhukov.... ...... (dead stare) but....with hazelnut and vanilla." Thanks for being fucking exciting. "What's your favorite?" "What does it matter....?" Wow.

How did he get a job? "Hello I'm an asshole, please hire me so your brewery looks hipster"? I decided against buying any Zhukov - either because I was not informed well enough or perhaps I just felt unwelcome.

Since then, CC has not tasted quite as exciting to me. In the future I will refrain from buying anything except the occasional spanking fresh Jai 6 pack.

Could have been a better experience.

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Photo of JDFLA
4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of E_xtraterrestrial
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Try-em-all
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Just east of Tampa airport, make it a stop when in town.

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Photo of AngEo
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SWChi
3.65/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Great place, took the tour and was a good time, they also have different food trucks stop by which is great.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Taproom is filled with a bunch of snobs. The tenders are identical as they throw shade at everyone that walks in. Kind of bullshit. Was from out of town and knew nothing about their brews, but couldn't get the time of day from any of the employees. The beer is good, their service is fucking terrible, and that is being nice.

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Photo of BeerandLoathing
4.97/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place will always be my favorite brewery in Florida. Outstanding customer service, excellent beers, and delightful patrons. Really hard to find a better brewery in Florida IMHO.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Joe_rp04
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Kev-a-Beer
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

We really enjoy this brewery and the tap room. The tap room is at the brewery and quite large compared to some we have visited. Cool swag, Crowlers, and good beer.

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Photo of Foxman27
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mkh012
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The brewery itself is clean and comfortable but nothing to write home about, really, so I'll just speak to the selection. Cigar City has multiple very good beers, e.g., Jai Alai, Guayabera, Hunahpu, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale, and Cafe Con Leche. They have 20ish things on tap and some bottles (like Hunaphu) that you can buy. The bottles are all pricey but stuff you probably wouldn't be able to get otherwise, without trading. Everything they make is solid. Go if you're in Tampa.

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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
Brewery rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 50,442 ratings