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Jai Alai

India Pale Ale

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Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188 mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at race car speeds, “the merry game.” Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, deviled crabs and other spicy dishes.

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Citra Pale Ale

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Traditional throughout Latin America, the guayabera shirt combines style, functionality, form and tradition in its four-pocketed design. We at Cigar City Brewing feel the same reverence and appreciation for the guayabera that we do for the Citra hop varietal, an ingredient that imparts notes of tangerine, lime and berries to this traditional American Pale Ale. The exclusive use of Citra hops in this beer creates a flavor that’s at once unique and recognizable, while its dry, crisp character and moderate alcohol make it as refreshing and functional as a crisp linen guayabera.

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Florida Cracker

Belgian-style White Ale

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The Cracker Cowboys of Florida were colonial-era settlers, often of Scots-Irish descent, who arrived in Florida when Spain traded their territory of La Florida to the English. The term Cracker in Florida usage relates to the whip these “cow hunters” used to herd cattle in Florida’s Palmetto Prairies. Called Quaqueros by the Spanish, these hardy and hard working Cracker Cowboys helped to shape the history of Florida, the nation’s oldest cattle raising state. We brew Florida Cracker White Ale with unmalted wheat, orange peel and coriander and then ferment it with a Belgianyeast strain to give it a spicy and dry finish. Perfect for a warm day on the Palmetto Prairie.

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Tampa-style Lager

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Inspired by traditional German lagers, our Tampa-style Lager is brewed with German malted barley, Hallertauer hops and an authentic Bavarian lager yeast. We combine these ingredients to create a style that’s quite unique to our hometown of Tampa, Florida, but will find admirers wherever a crisp, dry and flavorful lager is called for. Familiar to generations, it’s truly a beer that’s made for drinkin’.

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Brown Ale

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Maduro is a Northern English-style Brown Ale with some American affectations. Higher in alcohol than the common English Brown Ale, the beer features flaked oats in the malt bill which imparts a silky body and works to mesh its roasted, toasted and chocolate components together. The end result is a remarkably full-flavored yet approachable Brown Ale that pairs well with mild to medium cigars.

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What we believe in

Quality & Process

Since its inception, Cigar City Brewing has been singularly focused on producing the most consistent, highest-quality ales and lagers possible.  Critical to this mission is our Quality Assurance and Quality Control programs, as well as our state-of-the-art Beer Lab. CCB has invested inordinate resources in personnel and equipment in our Lab which currently utilizes three full time employees to analyze our beer using PCR thermocyclers, alcolyzers, cellometers, discrete photometric analyzers and myriad other equipment. Every single batch of Cigar City Brewing beer is analyzed for color, flavor, bitterness, aroma, carbonation, stability and other quality-affecting attributes, and every single batch of Cigar City Brewing beer is tested for “true-to-brand” qualities by a sensory panel of tasters with combined decades of experience in professional beer assesment settings. If you feel that your Cigar City Brewing beer has not met the quality standards you expect, please let us know.

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Where it Began

Cigar City Brewing is Born

Founded by Tampa native and fifth-generation Floridian Joey Redner in 2007, Cigar City Brewing was born out of Redner’s desire to bring the unique culture, history and cuisine of Tampa to an international audience. After selecting a location for his new brewery on Spruce Street, Redner began development of the space in early 2008 while searching for a brewmaster to bring his vision to life. He found that person in Brewmaster Wayne Wambles, an Alabama native with brewing experience around the Southeast US going back to the 1990’s.  On January 30th, 2009, the very first commercial batch of Cigar City Brewing’s beer was produced: a 465 gallon batch of Maduro Brown Ale.

What Happened Next

Experimenting With Flavors

Always looking to expand the palate of flavors at their disposal, Redner and Wambles quickly began introducing beers with unique tropical-inspired inspiration and culinary lineage, including Jai Alai IPA, Cubano Espresso Brown Ale, and the mole inspired Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout®, a massive beer brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs and ancho, pasilla and guajillo chile peppers. Not only did these ambitious and innovative brews gain traction in Tampa, they garnered attention from the national and international craft beer communities and helped shine a light on the efforts of the other ambitious brewers in the Tampa Bay craft beer community.

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How Far We've Come

From Then to Now

Awards and accolades have followed, including gold, silver and bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival, numerous awards at the Best Florida Beer Competition and the US Beer Tasting Championships. Joey and Wayne’s ambitious vision for Florida-inspired ales and lagers has found resonance with beer judges and beer lovers alike.

From a small two-man operation in an un-airconditioned warehouse on Spruce Street, Cigar City Brewing has grown to include over 60 full-time employees in its Tampa family and is now distributed in over 30 states in the US and nearly a dozen international markets. A partnership with Colorado-based CANarchy in 2016 has welcomed other like-minded, independent breweries into the CCB family and has allowed Cigar City Brewing’s beer to be enjoyed from coast to coast and beyond.

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