Cigar City Brewing Marches Marshal Zhukov’s Out for Annual Release

zhukovmock-current-view-1-e1539715897323.pngCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has announced that Marshal Zhukov’s Russian Imperial Stout will officially hit distribution as a Limited Release in November, but beer lovers in Tampa can get a first taste of this year’s batch now in the brewery’s Tasting Room.

Brewed as an homage to “arguably one of the finest generals of World War II”, Marshal Zhukov’s is a Russian Imperial Stout that is “opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses.” Finding balance with a “subtle herbal dryness” sourced from English hop varietals, the formidable Marshal Zhukov’s (11.2% ABV) “finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso.”

Marshal Zhukov’s is available now – in bottles and on draft – in Cigar City’s Tasting Room and is expected to enter full distribution in November 2018.  You can expect to find this Special Release in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Marshal Zhukov’s from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited/Special, November 2018
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.2%
IBUs – 70
Ingredients – Roasted barley & English hop varietals 
Recommended Glassware – Tulip
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://cigarcitybrewing.com/beers/cigar-city-distribution/

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LOKO Cuisine & Beer Zombies Unite to Host Eggs & Kegs Event at Cigar City Brewing

lokocuisineOn Sunday, October 21 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and the Beer Zombies will form an unholy union to host a Zombie-themed Eggs & Kegs brunch at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida).

To properly bring the Halloween spirit to this year’s October installment of Egg & Kegs, LOKO Cuisine will receive a direct assist from the undead by getting the Beer Zombies, “a Las Vegas based Craft Beer lifestyle brand, brewing project and all around craft beer ambassador”, in on the action.  This very special brunch will consist of the following four zombie-inspired dishes (served buffet style):

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As far as the “kegs” portion of this brunch goes, Cigar City Brewing will be breaking out the following Halloween treats:

  • There Gose a Zombie – Blood Orange Margarita Gose
  • Gourds Gone Ginger – Good Gourd Pumpkin Ale with ginger

In addition to the ghoulish dishes and beers listed above, this event will also feature nitro cold brew coffee and tea from Ginger Beard Coffee (available for an additional cost) and some swag giveaways from the Beer Zombies.

Tickets for the Beer Zombies Eggs & Kegs are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value). Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

Like all LOKO Cuisine events, seating for the Beer Zombies Eggs & Kegs Brunch is limited and tickets are expected to sell out with a quickness.  If you have any desire to brunch with the undead at Cigar City Brewing on October 21, be sure to lock down some tickets as soon as possible.  Prost!

Cigar City Brewing Sends Cubano Espresso Out for Distribution

CubanoEspressoMockCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that the Special Release of Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale will begin in October.

Back once again to supply you with a comforting coffee fix during the fall months, Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale – also known simply as Cubano Espresso – is an English-style Brown Ale brewed with “a heaping of Cuban-style espresso beans from Tampa’s Buddy Brew Coffee.” Cubano Espresso (5.5% ABV) is then finished off with additions of lactose and cacao to create “a bold ale that brings to mind a fine cup of Cuban coffee.”

Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale is hitting distribution now and is scheduled to stick around through December 2018.  You can expect to find this Special Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments in Florida and throughout most of Cigar City Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Special/Limited, October – December 2018
Style – American Brown Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 25
Added Ingredients – Buddy Brew coffee, cacao nibs & lactose
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://cigarcitybrewing.com/beers/cigar-city-distribution/

CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective Introduces First Cross-Brewery Mixed 12-Pack

CANarchylogoCANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced the release of the CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1, a mixed 12-pack that includes beers from Cigar City Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing Company, and Squatters Craft Beers.

The CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1 marks the first time that the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective – a group of craft breweries who have come together to stay independent – has represented four CANarchy breweries in one box.  The first in what is sure to be a rotating series of 12-pack compilations, CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1 contains the following “assortment of CANarchist brews” (descriptions sourced from press release):

The CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1 contains three (3) 12 oz. cans of each beer listed above. This new mixed 12-pack will begin hitting craft beer shelves in North Carolina and Florida on September 1 and wider distribution is expected “soon”.  Prost!

Cigar City Brewing & Upland Brewing Collaborate on Galactic Cluster IPA

Logo-3color-Pantone-CMYK-thumbCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has announced that Galactic Cluster, an American IPA with Guava and Peach brewed in collaboration with Upland Brewing Co. (Bloomington, Indiana), is officially available now as a Tasting Room Exclusive release.

Named after a cosmic structure that houses “hundreds or thousands of galaxies . . . congressed together in one thicket of the universe”, Galactic Cluster is a craft beer phenomenon that combines Cigar City and Upland Brewing’s talents to create an American India Pale Ale brewed with guava and peach and dry-hopped with Galaxy hops.  This results in a 6.5% ABV, 46 IBU Galactic Cluster that has “peach, kiwi, guava and clementine aromas meld and meet soft apple-like esters on the nose, while a palate of orange peel, lime leaf and vibrant peach and guava is supported by a cracker-like malt flavor and a smooth, full mouthfeel.”

Galactic Cluster is available now in the Tasting Room at Cigar City Brewing in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($15 each) and on draft.  A post on Cigar City’s Instagram page listed this offering as a “Tasting Room Exclusive”, so – at this time – there is no reason to believe that Galactic Cluster will see distribution.  The Bright Side: at least this gives you an excuse – as if you needed one – to go hang out at Cigar City Brewing.  Prost!

Vital Information for Galactic Cluster from Cigar City Brewing & Upland Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Special Release; July 10, 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 46
Featured Hops – Galaxy
Added Ingredients – Guava & Peach purée
Recommended Glassware – Spiegelau IPA Glass
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Distribution – None, available exclusively in Cigar City Brewing’s Tasting Room

 

LOKO Cuisine to Host THAI- PA Eggs & Kegs Brunch at Cigar City Brewing

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, July 15 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) to treat attendees to a Thai-inspired, IPA-fueled Eggs & Kegs brunch that they have aptly named THAI-PA.

For this installment of Eggs & Kegs, John LoScalzo and the LOKO Cuisine crew will be showcasing their full arsenal of Thai flavors in the following “sweet, sour, salty and spicy” self-serve, four-course THAI-PA menu:

 

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To cover the IPA portion of this brunch, Cigar City will be pouring the following three hop-laden brews that have been infused with Thai culinary ingredients specifically for this event:

  • Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Lemongrass, Thai Basil & Chili 
  • Space Pope India Pale Ale with Buddha’s Hand Citrus & Ginger
  • Pants! Pants! Pants! Double India Pale Ale with Coconut & Kaffir Lime

All attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value.” If you would like a beverage other than beer, Ginger Beard Coffee will also be on-site with nitro Thai coffee and tea on tap (coffee & tea not included in ticket cost).

Tickets for Eggs & Kegs: THAI-PA are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value). Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

We are less than a week out from THAI-PA: Eggs & Kegs and tickets are somehow still available for this limited seating event.  Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this situation by securing your seats now because there is sure to be a sellout-creating mad scramble for tickets at any moment.  Make it happen.  Prost!

Perrin Brewing & Cigar City Brewing Collaborate on North-South IPA

PerrinlogoOn Thursday, May 17, Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) will officially begin the limited release of North-South IPA, a special collaboration brew with Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida).

Created in recognition of Cigar City Brewing’s distribution launch in Michigan, North-South IPA was brewed by John Stewart of Perrin Brewing and Wayne Wambles of Cigar City Brewing – both Head Brewers of their respective breweries – to be “an innovative style of a New England IPA.”  With the use of Denali, Enigma, Galaxy and Citra hops, these two brewers were able to produce an offering that “takes all the aroma and hop flavor of a New England IPA to create a more stable flavored beer.”  This all results in a 7.1% ABV North-South IPA that is absolutely “packed with delicious tropical and juicy hop aromatics.”

“The beer is an innovative New England Style IPA approach with less protein haze. The overall focus of the beer is to generate a tropical characteristic from the combination of hops while also taking advantage of biotransformation by dry hopping during active fermentation.” – Wayne Wambles, Cigar City Brewing

 

“This beer is a unique way of making a New England Style IPA that is more stable. Taking all the positives of a NEIPA and avoiding a majority of the negatives including the instability of shelf life.” – John Stewart, Perrin Brewing

North-South IPA will debut in the Pub at Perrin Brewing on May 17 and is scheduled to enter distribution the following week.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments in the Michigan market only.  Prost!

Vital Information for North-South IPA from Perrin Brewing Co. & Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited; May 17, 2018
Style – New England IPA
ABV – 7.1%
Featured Hops – Denali, Enigma, Galaxy & Citra
Fun Fact – On the relationship between Perrin Brewing Co. & Cigar City Brewing: “For the past two years, Perrin Brewing and Cigar City Brewing have partnered under the CANarchy collective to share brewing experiences, techniques, and specialty ingredients.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Michigan only
Beer Finder – http://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder-2/

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Craft Brewers Nationwide Collaborate on Epic Bottle Auction For ‘We Are Stoneman Douglas’ Charity Event

50 vintage and rare signed bottles from over two dozen breweries will auction online to raise funds for victims’ families and survivors of the tragic Parkland, FL shooting.

 

OAKLAND PARK, FL (April 5, 2018) – Following the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past February, brewers from across the country are coming together to offer assistance and support to those affected most. Over two dozen brewers nationwide have donated rare and vintage bottles of beer — many of which are signed by owners, founders, and head brewers from companies such as Stone Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and more — in what has become an epic and unique lot of craft beer for the ages.

This lot is being auctioned online via the We Are Stoneman Douglas site (https://one.bidpal.net/wearemsd, click “Auction Items” on menu) with proceeds benefiting the Broward Education Foundation’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas fund. One hundred percent of all funds generated by this project will directly benefit the families of victims, survivors, and those affected by this tragedy. A second lot of signed barrel-aged and vintage beers from Funky Buddha Brewery, and a private dinner for 30, will also be auctioned.

This online auction (with over 50 other incredible auction items) is being organized by the Parkland Golf & Country Club located in Parkland, FL with assistance from Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida. Individuals can bid on the online auctions through Sunday, April 8th. Due to regulations, these bottle lots will be available for local pickup only.

“This has been an amazing show of support and solidarity from brewers around the country, most of whom signed on and contributed unbelievable beers within minutes,” says Ryan Sentz, co-founder of Funky Buddha Brewery and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate. “Although this tragedy was horrific beyond words, we can take heart in the incredible response from the community and others that shows we have the strength and bravery to rise above it and make a true difference in people’s lives.”
 
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Funky Buddha Lot:
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**Editor’s Note: The writers at Mashing In typically prefer to write their own content, but we all decided it was best to immediately post this press release verbatim due to its important subject matter and the timely nature of this auction.**

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Introduces New Logo and Can Designs

TBBClogoTampa Bay Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it has refreshed its corporate logo and redesigned the label artwork for all packaged brands.

Firmly established as “one of Florida’s oldest independent craft breweries”, Tampa Bay Brewing Co. (TBBC) has spent the last year or so developing a new logo and look that is more representative of what the brewery has evolved into over the last 20 years.  The transition to the new logo and official branding as “TBBC” will be gradual, but “the refreshed corporate logo will begin to be used immediately on all TBBC packaged products, marketing materials, merchandise, and at the company’s Ybor City and Westchase breweries and pubs.”

“Like most mature organizations, our brand identity has slowly morphed over time and was due for a more significant refresh to better reflect our spirit and uncorporate culture. Furthermore, both internally and on the street, people have been referring to us as TBBC for years, versus our full name. This was a rare opportunity to embrace the community-given nickname in a manner that was not confusing to our long-standing customers.”

– David Doble, Managing Partner at Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

To coincide with the aesthetic of the updated logo, TBBC has also revamped the look of its packaged offerings.  A hint of this change actually surfaced last month “with the release of a refreshed Old Elephant Foot IPA can, and [consumers] can expect to see a similar refresh to Reef Donkey and seasonal releases such as Last Days of Summer, Florida Tart, Gourds Gone Wild, and Gingy.”

The new-look cans will also bring with them the new Hop Silo series, a limited release collection of hop-centric beers that will see distribution in 16 oz. cans. Here is what David Doble had to say about the new series:

“One of the first cans to release with the new branding will be Hop Silo #1 an Imperial Pilsner brewed in collaboration with Cigar City,” said Doble. “This new series, which will include three unique styles of beers that celebrate the creative use of hops, will release quarterly in limited case quantities and be available via distribution. Hop Silo #2, will be brewed during Beer Week in collaboration with Pipeworks Brewing Co. of Chicago, and #3 will be a New England Style IPA.”

The refreshed logo and can designs are actively rolling out now, so just make sure that you keep these changes in mind the next time you are in search of your favorite TBBC brews.  Prost!

TBBW 2018 Event: Cigar City Brewing’s Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day

unnamed (95)Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will be offering Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees a Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day 2018, a series of barrel-aged beer releases spanning from March 5 to March 8.

It pretty much goes without saying that Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Day has earned linchpin status when it comes to Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW).  Hunahpu’s, as a beer and a festival, draws an insane amount of beer enthusiasts to Tampa each year and has done amazing things for the local craft beer community in the process.

Some could argue that Cigar City Brewing really does not need to do much beyond this incredible event during TBBW, but the folks at the brewery certainly will not hear it.  They want to do more, and that is why they are introducing the Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day 2018.  This series of bottle releases will span most of TBBW and will consist of the following unique and incredibly complex barrel-aged beers:

  • Monday, March 5David Humphreys’ Barrel-aged American Barleywine, aged in Port Bourbon Barrels – $14.99 per 500ml bottle
  • Tuesday, March 6Barrel-aged Imperial Milk Stout, aged in Bourbon Barrels – $14.99 per 500ml bottle
  • Wednesday, March 7Madeira Barrel-aged American Barleywine – $14.99 per 500ml bottle
  • Thursday, March 8Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Natural Flavors (a.k.a. Mother of All Hunahpu’s Treatments); a Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout brewed with cacao, cinnamon, vanilla, chile peppers and maple – $14.99 per 500ml bottle

These limited release bottles will be available for purchase in Cigar City Brewing’s Tasting Room beginning at 11 a.m. on each beer’s respective release date.  Each beer will have a price tag of $14.99 each per 500ml bottle and there will be no bottle limits.

Fair Warning: Do not allow the lack of bottle limits to lull you into a false sense of security when it comes to getting your hands on the beers listed above.  These Barrel-Aged Countdown beers will be sought after and they will move quickly.  If you have your eye on one (or several) of these beers, just make sure that you turn up at the Tasting Room as close to 11 a.m. as possible on the day of release, be patient, and have a great time with the Cigar City crew and your fellow craft beer fans as you all countdown the days to another memorable Hunahpu’s Day.  Prost!