Tuesday Brewsday: Cigar City Brewing - Tampa, Florida

Do you live in the Tampa area? Do you vacation there? If you do, then you're going to want to check out today's Tuesday Brewsday post, because it's all about Cigar City Brewing!

Barrel-aging brews at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa!

We visited Cigar City in December 2017. We flew into the Tampa International Airport and Lulu's boyfriend, Bruce, was in the area visiting his parents, so we met him at Cigar City to sample some brews.

Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL

Beer-to-go at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa!

Just outside of the building entrance is the outdoor seating area. When you enter the building, there is a bar, a couple of tables, and coolers with their bottled and canned beer.

Barrel-aging brews at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa!

Off a short hallway to the left are the restrooms, some of the barrels they use to make their barrel-aged brews, and beyond that, the brewery. If you walk straight ahead, you enter the main tasting room - with several tables and another bar.

Cigar City Brewing in Tampa!

There is a food truck on site daily. The hours are 5pm-9pm on weekdays, 12pm-6pm on Sundays, and on Saturdays there are two trucks - one from 11am-4pm, and the other from 4pm-10pm. You can see the schedule here.

I think everyone ordered a flight (except Bruce), because there was a lot of tasting going on! I regret that I didn't get more photos, but it was fairly busy for a weekday in December. I'm always uncomfortable snapping photos when a place is crowded. I don't want people to feel like I'm photographing them. Maybe I should just wear a badge that says "blogger". Ha!

My favorites*:
  • Lactobacillus Guava Grove (American Sour Guava Ale)
  • Tampa-Style Lager (Helles)
  • Maduro Brown Ale (English-style brown ale)
Gus' favorites*:
  • Torcedores Series - Hans Loves Takagi (pale wheat ale)
  • Florida Cracker White Ale (witbier)
  • Thing to Do in Mango, Florida (American Pale Ale)
Buddy's favorites*:
  • 1821 Golden Ale
  • Cafe Con Leche (Milk Stout with Cuban Espresso)
  • Margarita Gose
  • Florida Man (Double IPA)

brown ale
(Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale)

I was a little surprised at how much I like the Maduro Brown Ale. As you know from my list of preferences, I usually don't like anything that has a coffee taste. I think I first had it in a can at Lulu's apartment. Then I had it at The Craft Bar, where it was on tap - soooo good with a burger! On that trip, we ended up going to the liquor store and buying a 6-pack to take home. So, of course, I had it again at the Cigar City tasting room. I just don't get that strong of a coffee flavor from it. (Gus says I'm crazy.) I get more of the chocolate (although not as much chocolate as from Young's Double Chocolate Stout) - and it's just so smooth and easy to drink.

They have a lot of merchandise, but we were in a bit of a hurry, so we didn't get anything. Next trip, for sure! You can also buy merchandise online. They have glasses, shirts, hats, signs, dog treats, pens, magnets, keychains, and more!

Here's where & when you can find them:
Cigar City Brewing
3924 W. Spruce Street
Tampa, Florida  33607

Tasting Room Hours:
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 1am

$8 per person, and includes tour, one-of-a-kind tasting glass, beer samples
Monday: no tours
Tuesday: no tours
Wednesday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Thursday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Friday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm
Saturday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
Sunday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm

813-348-6363 ext. 206
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There is also a brewpub at the airport, but we haven't been there:
Cigar City Brewpub
Tampa International Airport
Airside C (Southwest & Frontier airlines)
Open daily 10am - 9pm

Be sure to stop by Cigar City Brewing when you're in the area - it's dog-friendly, too!

What's your favorite brewery? We're always looking for new ones to try! If you're interested in our drinking adventures, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat because that's where you'll see the most pictures/info!

*A note about our beer preferences:
Me: witbier, Hefeweizen, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, white ale, non-coffee-flavored stouts, Kentucky common ale, ginger beer, some saisons, and some Scotch ales
Gus: witbier, Hefeweizen, blonde ale, red ale, Belgian tripel, Kentucky common ale
Buddy: IPA, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, red ale, stouts (especially coffee-flavored), porter, Belgian tripel, Belgian quad, saison


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