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Cigar City Brewing
Active Beers: 218
Beer Ratings: 23,764
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
3924 West Spruce St
phone: (813) 348-6363
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Drove up from palm beach gardens for the nielbohrium release. I couldn't belive how small cigar city was, the place puts out so many amazing beers i figured it would be at least double the size that it is. Lots of great beers on tap, they have most available for growler fills, and of course they will let you try everything before order a glass, something not all places do anymore. Even have local guest taps, which i like to help promote the even smaller breweries. Nice guided tour and pretty good bottle selection, hey it was the only place to get their brewery only release beers in bottle as well. Next time will be bringing a few friends up with me to enjoy some tasty brews!
06-27-2011 16:20:40 |
More by calcio360jrd
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
As soon as I walked into this place I knew I was going to like it. It was a clasic small brewery with a tasting bar but the energy was fantastic. Maybe because it was Friday afternoon but who cares. The crowd (20 people) was equal male-female, young-ish (unlike 47-year-old me) and into good beer. I'm an IPA guy and they had three good-looking choices. I started with the Jai Alai--an American IPA dry-hopped w Simcoe. It was as good as it sounds. I then tried the white-oak-aged IPA which was not over-the-top oak like so many oak-chipped beers are. But I went back to their Simcoe beauty for my final pint. I left feeling very happy and can't wait to go back. Will wear my CCB cap with pride in the meantime.
06-27-2011 13:46:26 |
More by fulcrum
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Going to a friend's wedding in Sarasota today, so I had to stop by CCB on my way into the area. Very glad I did. They have a great selection of their beers and always something a bit wild and crazy on tap. I got to have a Jai Alai with White Oak and a Humidor of the same beer. Also got to try their barrel aged sour "OK Guys, Let's Go", which was a one time trial offering (kind of like a gueuze with a slight bourbon aftertaste... not quite up to Bourbonic Plague).
The conversation was great with the guys there. Good stories of bar hopping at GABF and such. Got to see their pilot system (which is awesome), the random barrels including a rum barrel with some Hunaphu's in it and the rest of their operation.
This is a great brewery and I'd highly recommend going there for a visit. I got the 3 beers I mentioned, plus a 110K and a humidor IPA for a friend plus a bottle of Guava Grove for $35 after tips and all. Great value and I'd definitely visit again.
06-25-2011 18:12:04 |
More by UTCengOwl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is awesome.
We've had various BA tastings here and the guys are always extremely hospitable and accommodating. I would like to first off thank them for it.
The atmosphere is very chill and relaxed. I can easily sit there for a couple of hours by myself, enjoying some beer, chatting with the good people there, and just having a great time. During releases, however, it can get pretty packed. A series of tables are set up opposite the tasting bar, which looks like a full scale bar really. Bottles and breweriana [sp] are available behind the counter for sale.
The doors open adjacent to the bar into the brewery. A cool setup.
There are ALWAYS at least 7 or 8 CCB beers on tap (obviously) and a couple of guest taps as well. Always good beer. These guys are committed to good service and good beer. And it won't destroy your wallet either (unless you're a crazy beer geek like me and drop $250 each time you walk in...)
What else can I say about this place? You have to experience it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
06-24-2011 18:56:17 |
More by DmanGTR
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was my first time at this brewery. I decided to take the trip on my birthday.
Pulling up to the building, I expected what I noticed on their website; its basically a single warehouse within a warehousing district. Which is great because it makes you feel like you've stumbled upon some sort of local hidden gem of a watering hole that very few people know about. Another thing I noticed from the website pictures is that the tasting room is bascially right in the middle of the brewery. You walk right through the bay doors. No air conditioning. They have a beer tender on hand & you get to see the full operation while enjoying their brew. Well, it turns out that they have changed this around by created a tasting room just to the right of the building. I was very pleased to see this because even this early into June, the Florida heat can be brutal. The tasting room is not very large which was a little intimidating at first. But we're all there for the same reason, right?I sat at the bar. All I ordered were two of their 4 paddle samplers(4 sample glasses across a wooden paddle)I picked 8 of 12-13 brews that they had currently on tap. The room temp, the beer temp, all were perfect. They wash each glass before poured. Very cool & clean atmosphere. They had a great rotation of music that I thought only I could still appreciate. It was at perfect volume so you wouldn't have to scream over the bar. Usually I smell stale beer at all decent tap houses when first walking in the door. You actually can smell the fresh beer. Exceptional staff. Very attentive & knowledgeable of their offerings. Reasonably priced. They have all of their bottled offerings available for purchase. All the typical beer swag; glasses, t shirts, & growlers. I think they went as low as $18 on refills of their growlers. Great beer selections as well. Some of the best IPA's I've had (Jai Alai & the Oak Aged IPA). I will be back very soon.
06-21-2011 16:20:26 |
More by tfsimpkins
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went to CCB a few weeks back for a public brew session with Ben Romano, their pilot brewer. The brewery was smaller than I had imagined and the taproom was pretty small, but the atmosphere was pretty cool & laid back.
The staff was really chill & had no problem explaining how all of their dynamics worked to make the brewery a success. My buddy and I even ventured into the back of the brewery where nobody was and talked with a cellarman for about 20mins.
When I was there they had about 10-15 different brews on tap and it was friday! Which means firkin' fridays! They busted out a Hopped Up Cracker, a hoppy up version of their Florida Cracker witbier, which was pretty badass. Had never tasted anything of the sort. They do casks like that every friday.
Also on tap was their regs like Jai Alai & Maduro Nut Brown, Big Sound Scotch Ale, El Lector, Hillsborough River Dry Stout, Guava Grove, 110k+ OT, and CA Jai Alai.
Really nice experience & the public brew session was really really informative.
06-17-2011 21:09:58 |
More by hoptualBrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This was a cool little tasting room attached to the brewery. It was brightly lit, and they had about 12 beers currently on tap, as well as two guest taps from other local brewers. We visited on a Saturday, so they also had a firkin left over from their Firkin Friday promotion. They also have coolers with bottles available to go, as well as some limited snacks and soda, teas, and other NA drinks. That came in handy for my pregnant wife. The samplers come in 4-shot paddles, and you can mix and match whatever beers you may want to try. They carry a great selection of styles of beer, and the beer is damn tasty. Other than the little snacks, there is no food offered. They have a small area in the back of the tasting room to play darts, and there are lots of smaller tables lining the walls in case the bar is occupied. They give tours throughout the brewery during the day, but I'm unsure of the times. The restrooms are outside of the tasting room, and you have to walk through the brewery to get to them, so if you don't need a formal tour, just go take a leak and look around while you are out there. The bartenders were very knowledgable and very friendly. Overall, we had a great time there, and would absolutely be willing to go back again if in the Tampa region.
06-11-2011 18:16:14 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped into the Cigar City Tasting Room on a recent trip to Tampa. The bar is a small off-shoot of the brewery itself. Above the bar are some TV's where you can watch the brewers in action. The selection is good, with all the seasonal and regular Cigar City brews on tap, as well as some visiting taps (Sam Adams Revolutionary Rye was there at the time). The bartender was knowledgeable and the place was pretty cozy. Only knock... no food. Overall though, it's a great place to relax after work, before or after dinner with some great Florida brews!
05-16-2011 02:33:36 |
More by PurpleCloud
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
After visiting this place dozens of times, I figured it'd be good to review it.
A - The tasting room is pretty focused on what it is, and doesn't try to do much else. There's a medium-sized bar that seats maybe 20 people, plus a handful of tables to seat another 20 or so. At the back of the room is a small, brightly lit area with a table and a dart board. Otherwise lighting is more comfortable, although it could be a little more dark at night. Two screens have been added recently, although instead of showing sports or anything on TV it's just a feed from the brewery, which is accessible through a set of double doors near the front. A vintage Macintosh system supplies the entertainment, which is usually via one of the bartenders' iPod playlists. Joey and Wayne regularly pop in and are seen at the bar, and are very easy to talk to.
Q - Everything is about the beer in this place. Lines are clean, glassware is serviced and used correctly, things are just done right. It's taken seriously here.
S - The handful of bartenders that I deal with regularly -- Tom, Mike, Mary, and Travis -- are awesome. Good service, conversation, and personality. I almost always feel at home here. The others aren't bad, but I just don't have as much experience with them. There are a few employees that aren't always so friendly, but they're mostly just the brewery workers who happen to be at the bar and aren't really customer-facing.
S - Selection is almost always excellent. CCB covers a lot of styles with their beers, and with 14 taps you can pretty much always fond something that you like. They also usually have 2-3 guest taps, mostly from regional breweries like Swamphead and Florida Brewing. The CCB beers almost always include a mix of beers that have been bottled and some that have not. My first visit included a few tastings of Zhukov's Final Push, which is still to this day one of the finest beers I've ever had.
F - No food to speak of, although they don't have any issue with bringing food with you or ordering delivery.
V - For the money, it's tough to beat. Beers are on-par or cheaper than you'll find at other bars. Considering that there's no delivery or other overhead, it maybe could be a bit cheaper, but I have no real complaints here. Bottles, on the other hand, are usually $1-2 more expensive than Total Wine around the corner, which doesn't really make sense to me.
Overall, no visit to Tampa is complete without hitting up CCB at least once or twice. I'm usually in here at least twice a week, and I couldn't be happier that this place is local for me.
05-15-2011 09:10:19 |
More by djmichaelk
Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL
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