Cigar City Brewing is a craft brewery in Tampa, Florida in 2007 by Joey Redner, it has been producing beer in Tampa since January 2009. It currently produces approximately 60,000 bbls of beer annually. Since 2009, it has brewed over 6,000 individual brands of beer.
At Cigar City Brewing, their motto is: "We make beer we like to drink and toast those who choose to drink with us."
Behind all Cigar City beer is the philosophy that quality is achieved by giving first rate ingredients to first rate people in a space where they are free to pursue their passion. The brewers acknowledge that what they do at Cigar City Brewing isn’t for everyone, but they welcome all.
The American Craft Beer Cookbook
“In a state known for theme parks, Cigar City Brewing has become a major attraction for those who appreciate and seek out excellent beer. It opened with a flourish and spread its reach quickly, appealing to both hardened beer geeks and brew novices with eyebrow-raising flavors and commitment to quality. Capitalizing on the Latin culture and tobacco-manufacturing history of Tampa Bay, Cigar City highlights those strengths on its labels and in its beer names and recipes. Many of the beers it produces – Jai Alai IPA, Improv Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale, Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale – reflect the sensibilities and ingredients of Florida. One of Cigar City Brewing’s most sought after beers is a special release called Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. The 11 percent ale is aged on cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, ancho chiles, pasilla chiles, and cinnamon.”
– John Holl, author