Cigar City Brewing

Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
BA SCORE
85.8%
Liked Their Beers
3.95 w/ 48,370 ratings
Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

BEER STATS
Beers:
270
Reviews:
9,670
Ratings:
48,370
Liked:
41,523
Average:
3.95/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
95.6%
Reviews:
227
Ratings:
722
Liked:
690
Avg:
4.53/5
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -77.9%

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1/5  rDev -77.9%

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1.04/5  rDev -77%

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1.28/5  rDev -71.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -50.3%

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2.4/5  rDev -47%

Photo of thebends1
2.75/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -33.8%

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3/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of falcon1
3/5  rDev -33.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4

While in Tampa, a friend and I decided to visit Cigar City Brewing. The overall selection of beers available on tap was outstanding and the Cuban sandwiches were very enjoyable. However, the experience would have been very pleasant had it not been for the condescending and rude female bartender on duty. She constantly overcharged every bar order and when this occurred with the second round of ordered drinks, she became very bitchy with my friend, after she pointed out the overcharge. The bartender would take our credit card back and claim that she would fix the problem. The bartender did not resolve the issue and in all reality, she charged us for more beer. In the end, according to my online bank statement, I paid $27.00 dollars for two beers and one flight of beers. When visiting Cigar City Brewing pay close attention to your credit card purchases if there is a short, dark haired, female bartender with glasses, behind the bar.

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Photo of Lare453
3.18/5  rDev -29.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | 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...

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Photo of Anonx
3.23/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -28.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of apurpura214
3.36/5  rDev -25.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

if youve never been you should go. nice space, clean, great beer. service not so much, felt like my beard wasnt big enough. staff seemed knowledgable but upset. cool that they had the canning system on tv. need more games.

overall impression is that you need to go if you havent been just feel out your bartender first!!

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Photo of KSOZE
3.38/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25

Extremely disappointed. Was looking forward to this place the most from my trip. The vibe was "OK", and they had a good selection. Loved the fact they had easy to read constantly updated selection with boards showing last time tap lines cleaned. Service was very "meh" with a lot of beer snobby bartenders. Didn't like "Egg" the pub dog walking around on a Friday night with a ton of people clearly stressed out.

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Photo of Beer4B
3.46/5  rDev -23.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Retsinis
3.52/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of VICMANROQ
3.52/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

I arrived for the beer tour on a Saturday morning. Vibe was a little mellow but it was 11:30 am. Tour was awesome and multiple beer tasting along the way.

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Photo of JonathannRobert
3.53/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I was saddened by my experience at Cigar City...

After I raved about how well they ran Hunahpu this year, I expected the tasting room to be as good of an experience. Unfortunately, I have never met a more arrogant bartending staff. Front of house service is number one for me, and theirs really left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Photo of valrxman
3.54/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

First time rating though I visit a few times a year. Service has greatly improved. Get there at opening on Crowler Tuesday.
Cheers

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.54/5  rDev -21.9%
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 winningwes91
3.56/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Great beers, but shitty service. Felt like I was imposing.

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Photo of Monstro
3.58/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
Brewery rating: 85.8% out of 100 with 48,370 ratings
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