Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that Jai Low IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in early September 2020.
Developed to be the lower ABV, lower calorie sibling to Cigar City Brewing’s beloved Jai Alai IPA, Jai Low is a Session India Pale Ale that is “tropical and bright with a full palate of flavor and a potency designed with moderation in mind.” Clocking in at just 4% ABV and 120 calories per 12 oz. serving, Jai Low IPA possesses “all the qualities found in the finest IPAs, including citrus aromas and flavors, bread-like maltiness and a moderate, snappy bitterness . . ., making this beer a deceptively tempered addition to Cigar City Brewing’s line-up of hop-forward creations.”
Jai Low IPA is rolling out now and will be available Year-Round in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find Jai Low IPA at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution territory. Prost!
Vital Information for Jai Low IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Release – Year-Round; launching early September 2020 Style – Session India Pale Ale ABV – 4% IBUs – 35 Calories – 120 (per 12 oz. serving) Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer-finder/
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale in September 2020.
First introduced in 2011 and now a Seasonal favorite for lovers of all things pumpkin and beer, Good Gourd is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale “brewed with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla to emulate the flavors of a decadent, piquant pumpkin pie.” Coming in at 8.8% ABV, Good Gourd is a “liquid monument to the glory of the pumpkin, the most noble of all the gourds.”
Good Gourd will return in September and is scheduled to stick around through December 2020. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Cigar City Brewing’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Good Gourd from Cigar City Brewing
Release – Seasonal; September – December 2020 Style – Imperial Pumpkin Ale ABV – 8.8% IBUs – 30 Added Ingredients – Cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg & vanilla Fun Fact – This year’s release marks the first time that Good Gourd will be available in 12 oz. cans Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer-finder/
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of The Benwood Hazy Double IPA in July 2020.
Brewed as a “tribute to . . . Florida’s most famous shipwreck,” The Benwood is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Motueka, Galaxy, Strata and Mosaic hops. Coming in at 8% ABV and 60 IBUs, The Benwood boasts “aromas of tangerine, honeydew and pineapple” alongside flavors of “tropical fruit, lime leaf and white wine grapes.”
The Benwood is actively rolling out now and will stick around through September 2020. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida and throughout most of Cigar City Brewing’s full distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for The Benwood from Cigar City Brewing
Release – Seasonal; July – September 2020 Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale ABV – 8% IBUs – 60 Featured Hops – Motueka, Galaxy, Strata & Mosaic Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer-finder/
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will introduce Spanish Cedar Jai Alai as its newest Seasonal Release in July 2020.
Originally released many moons ago under the name Humidor Series IPA, Spanish Cedar Jai Alai is an India Pale Ale that has the “bold citrus qualities of Jai Alai . . . complimented by sandalwood and cracked pepper notes imparted by Spanish cedar, the same wood used to build the world’s finest cigar humidors.” Coming in at 7.5% ABV and 65 IBUs, Spanish Cedar Jai Alai is “balanced and juicy on the palate, [has] caramel-like malt flavor [that] helps temper bitterness and spice from the wood, while the distinct flavor of cedar lingers long on the tongue.”
Spanish Cedar Jai Alai is available now and scheduled to hang around through September 2020. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Alabama and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Spanish Cedar Jai Alai from Cigar City Brewing
Release – Seasonal; July – September 2020 Style – India Pale Ale ABV – 7.5% IBUs – 65 Featured Ingredients – Six hop varieties & Spanish cedar Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer-finder/
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will introduce Paloma Gose as a new Seasonal offering in April 2020.
Crafted to “celebrate Florida’s citrus history and the classic cocktail of Mexico” of the same name, Palomo Gose is German-style Sour Ale featuring additions of grapefruit, lime and salt. Coming in at a refreshing 4.2% ABV, Paloma Gose supplies its drinker with “aromas of grapefruit zest, lime leaf and Valencia orange [which are] reflected on the palate with similar flavors complimented by a grapefruit pithiness and a soft salinity. Bright, zesty, and tropical.”
Paloma Gose is rolling out now and will hang around through June 2020. You can expect to find this new Seasonal available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Paloma Gose from Cigar City Brewing
To bring some much needed attention to an all-star lineup of “long-time Cigar City Brewing employees who have helped make [the] brewery and the Tampa Bay brewing community what it is today,”Cigar City Brewing will spend the majority of Tampa Bay Beer Week releasing “one extremely limited barrel-aged beer per day, brewed to honor” on of these “unsung heroes.” The release schedule and bottle lineup is as follows:
Monday, March 9 – Brady Eaglin | Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale | ABV – 14.0% ABV
Tuesday, March 10 – Jay “The Welder” Lesher | Apple Brandy and Cherry Brandy Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Vanilla and Almonds | ABV – 13.5%
Wednesday, March 11 – Alex Espinosa | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Hazelnut, Maple and Vanilla | ABV – 13.4%
Thursday, March 12 – Mike LaDuke | Double Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale With Cinnamon – ABV – 15.5%
Friday, March 13 – Ian Schmidt | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Vanilla Beans | ABV – 13.8%
A few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend one (or all) of these bottle releases:
Each beer will release at 11 a.m. on its scheduled day
Fewer than 400 bottles of each barrel-aged beer have been produced
Bottles will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and each release will be limited to 1 bottle per customer
Each 500mL bottle will cost $18.99
With each release only consisting of around 400 bottles, it is safe to assume that these barrel-aged brews will disappear quickly each day. If you are excited about one (or several) of these releases, be sure to factor an 11 a.m. trip to Cigar City Brewing into your Tampa Bay Beer Week schedule on the respective release date(s) of the beer(s) that caught your attention. Prost!
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that Fancy Papers Hazy IPA is rolling out now as the brewery’s “first foray into a wide-release Hazy IPA.”
With a name inspired by the “handsome designs printed on fancy papers and applied to cigar boxes . . . to entice cigar lovers,” Fancy Papers is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that “eschews the bitterness often found in IPAs for a softness on the palate and a tropical hop expression imparted by a generous helping of . . . Sabro, Idaho 7 and Strata hops.” To round out the recipe, Cigar City Brewing used an “expressive English ale yeast that adds notes of peach and supports the style’s signature cloudiness.” Coming in at just 6.5% ABV and 60 IBUs, Fancy Papers Hazy IPA offers “an invitingly moderate bitterness and a tempered ABV for its style.”
“While we’ve used Sabro, Idaho 7 and Strata hops separately in several small-batch beers, we’ve been blown away by the flavors and aromas we’re getting in Fancy Papers Hazy IPA now that we’ve combined these expressive hops into one beer. The English ale yeast we use to ferment Fancy Papers helps round out the flavor and bitterness of the beer and strikes a great balance between hop expression and drinkability.”
– Sean Sasscer, Cigar City Brewing’s Director of Brewing Operations
Fancy Papers Hazy IPA started rolling out in January and will be available through March 2020. You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s 41-state distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Fancy Papers Hazy IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Release – Seasonal; January – March 2020 Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale ABV – 6.5% IBUs – 60 Featured Hops – Strata, Sabro & Idaho 7 Fun Fact – “The ‘fancy papers’ evoked in the beer’s name are the papers used to print the intricate labels found inside the lids of boxes containing the finest cigars rolled in Tampa, Florida’s Ybor City and elsewhere during the heyday of hand-rolled tobacco. As cigar manufacturing exploded in the Tampa area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, so too did the production of embossed plain or satin-finished paper labels glued inside cigar box lids that portrayed everything from exotic animals to historical figures to classic Americana iconography. These labels are still coveted by tobacciana collectors today and remain an important part of Tampa’s cigar history, a history that informs much of Cigar City Brewing’s branding.” Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer-finder/
The annually released Hi-Wire Brewing Collaboration 12-Pack (a.k.a. the Spray Paint Collaboration 12-Pack) never disappoints and is always highly sought-after, but this year’s has gone next level by featuring the following three offerings brewed with true legends in the craft beer industry (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):
Almost West IPA | Collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company – Let it be known that Ninkasi Brewing Company is one of the best IPA producers in the country, period. Together with the hop wizards themselves, Hi-Wire Brewing sought to blur the line between Northwest and Northeast IPAs by blending a higher bitterness and balanced malt character with the experience of a hazy IPA. Almost West IPA (6.8% ABV), dry-hopped with Citra, BRU-1, Amarillo, and Zappa supported by Imperial’s “Juice” Organic Yeast, was born from this blending of worlds. Spritely tangerine citrus peel, lemon-lime, tart passion fruit, peach flesh, and sweet cherry are just a few characteristics present in this kaleidoscope of hop goodness.
Intercontinental Contemporary Pilsner | Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing – The famed Cigar City Brewing made the trip up to Asheville next, but the beer-centric journey did not stop there. A shared love of lagers and pilsners was the bottom line in their partnership with Hi-Wire and the resulting carbonated passport. Intercontinental Contemporary Pilsner (5% ABV) brings together hops from around the globe – South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. – then melds them with North Carolina-grown heirloom corn and German malt. A subtly toasted cornbread character and creamy mouthfeel from the malt and Jimmy Red Corn tie together the aromas of tropical fruit, guava, and honeydew from whirlpool hop additions.
Belgian Stout | Collaboration with New Belgium Brewing – If the name does not give it away, New Belgium Brewing was founded on traditional Belgian ales, and Hi-Wire Brewing teamed up with their brewers to pay homage to that classic style. Belgian Stout (7% ABV) is not a bold and roasty American-style stout simply brewed with Belgian yeast. The recipe was designed as a proper nod to the Belgian-style, and it all started with the grain bill. Briess’ Midnight Wheat and Epiphany Craft Malt’s Brewer’s Breakfast Malt lend a subtle grain body while Ruby Malt also from the North Carolina-based Epiphany provides notes of plum, fig, and dark fruit. Additions of orange to the base create a classy ale reminiscent of a chocolate orange while star anise adds a whiff of botanical liqueur and soft licorice. Imperial’s Napoleon Belgian Yeast’s high attenuation leaves this beer extremely dry allowing for a pleasant orange twang mixed with smoky cloves on the finish.
**The Collaboration 12-pack will include four 12 oz. cans of each of the beers listed above.**
The Collaboration 12-pack is hitting shelves now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans available at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky. Prost!
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it is starting the New Year off by adding an updated version of its beloved Florida Man Double IPA to its Year-Round portfolio.
Brewed to “pay tribute to ‘the world’s worst superhero,'” Florida Man is a Double India Pale Ale brewed with “a nearly-criminal amount” of Pacific Jade, Galaxy, Azacca, Lemon Drop and Simcoe hops that are “balanced by delicate peach esters from a unique Double IPA yeast and a dash of Canadian honey malt.” Weighing in at 8.5% ABV and 80 IBUs, Florida Man is a “hopped-up whopper of a beer [that is] big in character and guaranteed to sear itself into your memory, just like” its namesake.
Florida Man is scheduled to enter distribution in the very near future. You can expect to find this Year-Round brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, on draft, and in the Cigar City Brewing Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida and “most of [Cigar City’s] distribution footprint in the coming weeks.” Prost!
Vital Information for Florida Man from Cigar City Brewing
The CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that it is actively rolling out its new CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack, a variety 12-pack containing IPAs from four independent craft breweries located across the U.S.
Compiled to show the IPA’s “diversity of style and flavor,” the latest edition of the CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack gives hopheads the ability “to travel from the bright West Coast style of California, to the big, bold hop flavors of Texas, through Florida’s citrusy, balanced flavors and onto Colorado’s innovative creations – all in one box.” The CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack contains the following offerings (descriptions sourced directly from CANarchy’s press release):
Expatriate IPA | Three Weavers Brewing Company (Inglewood, California) – A 6.9% West Coast style IPA inspired by the Three Weavers Brewing Company community, located in Inglewood, California. Bright and laden with notes of tropical fruits, it’s brewed with two-row barley and a touch of English crystal malt, and loaded with new age American hops.
Deep Ellum IPA | Deep Ellum Brewing Company (Dallas, Texas) – Loaded with American hops for a bitter punch. Over-the-top tropical fruit, citrus, pine and floral aromas and flavors make this 7% ABV IPA big and potent enough to bear Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s hometown name.
Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) – Presents an intense bouquet of tangerine and candied orange peel that entices the nose while flavors of clementines, Valencia orange and subtle caramel provide counterpoint to an assertive bitterness and rich malt character. Bold hop flavor from six different hop varietals is front and center in this IPA by Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing. ABV – 7.5%
Can-O-Bliss IPA | Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) – The Can-O-Bliss IPA Series by Colorado-founded Oskar Blues Brewery offers beer drinkers a variety of innovative IPA flavors throughout the year, focusing on new and experimental hops and unusual hop combinations. ABV – 7.2%
**The CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack contains three 12 oz. cans of each the beers listed above**
The new CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack is available now in select markets and will hit nationwide distribution “soon.” You can expect to find this Variety 12-pack at select craft beer-focused retailers located throughout the U.S. Prost!