I’ve been to some really small and really big breweries. Cigar City in Tampa, FL is definitely one of the biggest. However, you probably wouldn’t think so when you first walk in. The first thing you see is a pretty standard tap room.
Pretty standard that is, until you see the guy hand rolling cigars just off to the side of the bar.
I talked to gentleman for quite a while. He was extremely nice, explained everything that he was doing as well as all the equipment he was using, and he even let me take a video of the final steps.
That would have been enough to keep me pretty happy. But then I took the brewery tour. Turns out the tap room is a small part of a very large building. And that building is only one of many.
After the tour group met up and got a sample, we went to the building where most of the brewing proper happens… and got another sample.
After that came the canning facility… and another sample.
Finally, the tour ends and you get to buy some beer to take home with you. I found a Gwar beer and had to get a 4 pack so I could share it with UsedHair Jr (yup, there is a UsedHair Jr).
I don’t live terribly far from Tampa. I think the lesson here is that I need to get myself out in that direction more often. Cigar City was definitely worth the trip. And I know there are a lot more breweries in the Tampa that need exploring.