Cigar City Brewing

BEER AVG
3.98/5
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
cigarcitybrewing.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2008

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PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
717
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
5.36%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 717
Photo of Nicolay3535
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of SDean82
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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!

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Photo of randyherring
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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!

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Photo of krazybartender
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of evilpessimist
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.21/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

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

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.

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Photo of dbelcher5761
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of jtmiller03
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of Spider889
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of Lerxst
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A-Inside it is a nice beer bar with friendly folks enjoying good beer. Nothing that knocks your socks off, but it is a good atmosphere.

Q-The quality of the tap selection is excellent. The only thing that keeps this from being a 5 is the limited # of taps. I'd expect the brewery to have a few more of their selections offered at their own establishment. But what they do offer is quality.

S-I visited twice during a 5 day stay in Tampa and both times found the service to be friendly, courteous and prompt even when the place was busy.

S-As I stated earlier, I really hoped the tap selection would have been greater, but the bottle selection is disappointing to be honest. During my visit earlier this week they only had Guava Groove, Humidor IS, Humidor IPA and Winter Warmer in 750s and Jai Alai & Maduro in sixers. I really think they could improve here.

V-Hey, good beer isn't cheap. The tap prices are in line with what I've seen elsewhere, but as is usually the case, the bottle prices are higher at the brewery than elsewhere. So, unless they have something at the brewery that is really hard to find, you're better off going around the corner (literally) to Total Wine or Whole Foods to make your bottle purchases. Growler prices are very reasonable.

Overall, I really enjoyed my visits here. If they'd increase their offerings on tap and in the bottle it would take this already excellent brewery up another notch.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Bobbyearl
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Their beers are a little pricey, but the tasting room prices are very reasonable. The tasting room has a nice old world feel with tons of beer on tap that can be found no where else. The staff is friendly, knowledgable, and passionate about their products. They recnetly added a few more taps, and always share their taps with a other Florida berweries as well. You can get 1 gallon or 1 quart growler fills on several differnt beers. Brewery tours are Wednesday-Saturday for $5, but you get a beer and a glass for that. All and All great place for a beer and a better place for an AMAZING beer.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

After two months of living in Florida I finally visited Cigar City. A very basic layout. A nice bar with swivel stools to your left as you walk in and a few tables to the right for larger parties. A little room in back as well. Quite comfortable atmosphere very laid back. The staff did seem a little rushed and a bit grumpy. I had forgotten my snifter that I bought so I went back in and mentioned to the bartender all that he said was erh. I made sure to say thankyou and got no response. The selection is marvelous however. All Cigar city stuff on tap and two guest taps. I did mark this as a bit pricey. I don't understand some breweries are marking up there beer. Dogfish Head does it and so does Cigar City. I can drive 5 mins from my home in Clearwater to Total Wine and get the same bottle for a dollar less than the actual brewery sells for. I simply do not understand this. Anyway all and all a good experience.

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Photo of vgiusto
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This place is fantastic. I love the weekly cask offerings and the changing selection of drafts. The atmosphere is nice and there is ample seating. Some of my favorites included the White Oak IPA, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, and Marshal Zhukov's imperial stout. The bar staff can at times be a little moody, but they are very busy most of the time and it’s understandable. This certainly doesn't deter me from visiting. They have many special events throughout the year. Most recently the barrel aged Hunahpu release. It was madness! They had a limited supply of beers and there were a ton of people trying to get a hold of this tasty treat. Combine that with 90 degree Florida heat and it was quite an experience. I would highly recommend any beer enthusiast to visit this CCB if in the Tampa Bay area.

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Photo of biggsbowler
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is amazing. It is great to see a small brewery become a large brewery. Cigar City has about twenty beers on tap. Also, they have about eight bottles available for purchase. They recently started to charge for tours but you get a drink with the price of admission, it is still a free tour. The brewery is located near a Whole Foods and Total Wine and more, so if they are out of their beer, you can go here. Plus, they have food trucks on Friday to feed the customers. It is great to have an awesome brewery here in florida.

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