Cigar City Brewing

Cigar City BrewingCigar City Brewing
BA SCORE
85.8%
Liked Their Beers
3.96 w/ 48,441 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:
272
Reviews:
9,678
Ratings:
48,441
Liked:
41,581
Average:
3.96/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
95.6%
Reviews:
227
Ratings:
723
Liked:
691
Avg:
4.53/5
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Have been wanting to visit CCB for a while now so myself and two friends drove down from Jacksonville to check it out. I had a hard time deciding what to drink as they had 20 or more beers and a fairly wide selection. The staff were hard working and it was a fairly busy place. I was surprised by the number of small children however. The bathroom is by the brew tanks so you get to see where the beer is made. They have quite a few of their bottles as well for purchase.

As for selection, you either need to get samplers or go 4 or 5 times to experience them all, there are that many choices. The quality is one of the best across the board. Yes, I had a beer or two I wouldnt necessarily have twice but there were 5 or 6 that I wish I could keep stocked up at home.

The location is convenient and the atmosphere is good.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

This is stop #3 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. This place has to be a must-visit by any beer geek who travels to the Tampa area. We arrived in time to join a brewery tour, which meant that we got to drink 4 samplers at different stages of the tour. (An $8 fee and you get to keep the 4 oz. Logo snifter.)

We lucked out after the tour when we went into the tap room to try a few other beers. They were pouring 5 oz. Portions of 2014 Hunaphu from bottles, and this has been one beer on my bucket list to try someday. WOW! Best beer that I've ever had the opportunity to drink! We also tried the White Oak Jai Alai which I didn't like as much as the regular Jai Alai, but it was still a very good beer.

The vibe in this tap room is special, and to get to take a tour caused this to be a special day. I'll say it again, this place has to be a must-visit by any beer geek who is anywhere nearby to Tampa. It is worth the visit.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dicers
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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!).

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of tommy5
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mynie
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Incredibly spacious, no frills setup. That's important. As much as I love visiting, say, Three Floyds, it really sucks to have to stand in line for a half hour to get a spot at the bar.

The inside is sparse--woody interior, couple tvs, shuffleboard, handful of posters. There's a small to-go bar up front and a much longer and more fully staffed bar at the back, and even though it was 7PM on a Saturday we had no trouble finding a seat, no trouble getting served.

So, to recap, the vibe is plain--maybe even a little vacant or generic--but they exchange exciting ambience for unparalleled usability. That's not a bad trade off at all.

The beers, of course, are excellent. No shock there. But also nothing terribly hard to find. Which is good, because it means that Cigar City does wide releases of most of the beers they make. But also just a wee bit disappointing because it's nice to get to say you've had something new.

Don't got too much else to say. If you're in Tampa, then of course this is a must-visit. I was impressed was how accessible everything was.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TX-Badger
3.63/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped for a brewery tour while with my wife on our last trip to Tampa. It was neat seeing the brewery, and it was after the latest shit show of Huna Day 2014. You could tell everyone was a little tired and overwhelmed by the events of the weekend. Our tour guide Chris was fantastic, answered any and all questions and gave us a nice history of the brewery and some of the beers. The selection in the tap room was decent, I got to try a lot of one-offs. The bartender at the front bar, Zeus was pretty cool. The bartender at the back bar, don't remember his name, but he could have cared less about people buying flights, and only was interested in serving those who were buying full pints. Needless to say, we hung out by the front bar. We also got sandwiches from the cafe they have set up there. Not a huge selection, but the Cuban sandwich was pretty darn tasty. Overall, I liked the experience and will be going back.

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Photo of halo3one
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of rjp217
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
Brewery rating: 85.8% out of 100 with 48,441 ratings
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