Cigar City Brewing, makers of Jai Alai and Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, was founded in 2009 by Joey Redner with the goal of creating quality beer that reflected the flavors and history of the Tampa region. This unique perspective resonated with the local and national markets alike and the brewery has quickly grown from 1,000 barrels of beer in 2009 to an excess of 65,000 barrels produced in 2016. The 2016 partnership with Oskar Blues of Lyons, Colorado ushered in a new era of growth for this Florida-based organization, with new markets and technologies on the horizon.
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Cigar City Brewing came in 3rd place in the “Top 10 Breweries 2016” category in the 2016 United States Open Beer Championship in which nearly 4,000 beers were entered from around the globe. Up from the #5 position in the 2015 Championship.
Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – Double Barrel Aged is currently ranked the 11th best beer in the world according to RateBeer.com (as of July 2016).
Cigar City Brewing was rated the “#3 Best Brewery in the World” by RateBeer.com in 2010’s Ratebeer’s Best Awards; and then the “#4 Best Brewery in the World” in 2011’s polling of 10,000+ breweries.
The first commercial batches of Cigar City beer were released into the Tampa Bay marketplace in March 2009. The total year-end production was around 1,000 barrels of beer in 2009 — 2016 projections are thought to be in excess of 65,000 barrels.
Since it’s founding, Cigar City Brewing has been dedicated to creating beers we like to drink and toasting those who choose to drink with us.
CCB encourages everyone to drink responsibly. For the TTB’s full Health Warning Statement please visit cigarcitybrewing.com/ttb