Cigar City Brewing Introduces Cosmic Crown as Newest Seasonal

Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that Cosmic Crown will join the brewery’s 2022 Seasonal lineup in early April.

An old-school style meets new-school hops, Cosmic Crown is a Belgian-style Strong Golden Ale that features “Galaxy hops to impart passionfruit and peach qualities to its profile of ripe fruit and light peppery spice.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Cosmic Crown offers “assertive aromas of pineapple, bubblegum, dried flowers, and a hint of black pepper” alongside notes of “overripe banana, red apple, and lime leaf esters . . ., while poundcake-like malt, pepper-like spiciness, and herbaceous bitterness play supporting roles.”

Cosmic Crown is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around for the next few months. You can expect to find this new Seasonal available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution footprint in the Southeast. Prost!

Vital Information for Cosmic Crown from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Seasonal; launching early April 2022
Style – Belgian-style Strong Golden Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 20
Featured Hops – Galaxy
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Distribution – Southeast U.S.
Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer-finder/

TBBW 2022 Event: Barleywine Night at Angry Chair Brewing

Angry Chair Brewing (6401 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida) will kick off its week of Tampa Bay Beer Week 2022 events with a very special Barleywine Night beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.

To further prove that Barleywine is indeed LIFE, Angry Chair Brewing has compiled the following tap list of their own rare Barleywines along with a few special treats from their friends from around the country to feature on March 8:

Angry Chair Barleywines

  • Bourbon Barrel-aged Dave’s Barleywine
  • Double Barrel-aged Dave’s Barleywine
  • Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Dave’s Barleywine
  • Stuffed Crust – Double Mash English-style Barleywine aged for 12 months in Bourbon Barrels (collab w/ American Solera)
  • Apple Brandy Vanilla Barrel-aged Dave’s Barleywine
  • Endless Roots Barrel-aged Barleywine with walnuts, coconut, raisins, & special spices

Guest Barleywines

  • Anabasis batch #4 from Side Project Brewing (Maplewood, Missouri)
  • Vanilla Almond Apple Brandy Circle Of Wolves from The Veil Brewing Co. (Richmond, Virginia)
  • David Humphreys’ Barleywine from Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida)
  • The K13 Barleywine aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels from Voodoo Brewery (Meadville, Pennsylvania)
  • Sunday ‘21 Barleywine rested in Bourbon Barrels for 30 months from Cycle Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida)

Barleywine Night is NOT a ticketed event and is strictly pay as you go. With that said, the tap list will be adjusted during the event as kegs kick. All offerings listed are available only as long as supplies last, so make sure you get to Angry Chair early on Tuesday, March 8 to ensure that you have the best possible Barleywine experience. Prost!

Cigar City Brewing Adds Frost Proof White Ale to Year-Round Lineup

Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that Frost Proof, a Belgian-style White Ale, will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in late July 2021.

A reimagined take on a classic style and the replacement for Cigar City’s longstanding Florida Cracker, Frost Proof is a Belgian-style White Ale “brewed with orange peel, coriander, and wheat.” Coming in at 6% ABV (slightly higher than Florida Cracker and other beers of this style), Frost Proof boasts “a more expressive fruit character and assertive flavor profile.”

Frost Proof is rolling out now with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round at craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Alabama and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Frost Proof from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching late July 2021
Style – Witbier/Belgian-style White Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 18
Featured Ingredients – Unmalted wheat, coriander & orange peel
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.co
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CANarchy Launches Hazy Edition of IPA Mixed 12-pack

CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that a new Hazy Edition of its Coast to Coast IPA Mixed Pack will debut during the summer of 2021.

Compiled to give hopheads a “cross-continental . . . supergroup” of “some of CANarchy’s hoppiest, haziest offerings,” the Coast to Coast IPA Mixed 12-pack – Hazy Edition contains the following lupulin-laced goodness from Three Weavers Brewing Company (Inglewood, California), Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado), Deep Ellum Brewing Company (Dallas, Texas) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) – descriptions sourced directly from CANarchy’s press release:

  • Cloud City by Three Weavers Brewing Company (6.5% ABV): This hazy IPA is soft on the palate and blazing bright with aromas of peaches, mangoes, and sunny citrus fruits. Take a trip with us to Cloud City, where the forecast is always juicy with a chance of haze.
  • Thick Haze by Oskar Blues Brewery (7% ABV): Not for casual fans of the hazy IPA style, Thick Haze is unfiltered to let flavorful, aromatic hop particles run the show. It’s nebulous with nom, obfuscated with “oh baby” and undeniably Thick with Haze.
  • Manic Confidence by Deep Ellum Brewing Company (6.5% ABV): Manic Confidence is a hot tropical island vacation dissected and reconstructed in the form of a refreshingly juicy craft brew. Sunny, sweet bitterness of Galaxy, Enigma, Comet, Strata, Citra and Idaho 7 hops floods the taste receptors, resulting in a salivating joy that leaves you craving more.
  • Fancy Papers by Cigar City Brewing (6.5% ABV): With notes of mango and tangerine, this double dry hopped Juicy IPA was developed with the same kind of craftsmanship and artistry that can be found in labels printed on fancy papers and applied to the lids of cigar boxes of yesteryear.

The Coast to Coast IPA Mixed Pack – Hazy Edition contains three 12 oz. cans of each of the offerings listed above.

The Coast to Coast IPA Mixed Pack – Hazy Edition is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-focused retailers located in select markets nationwide. Prost!

Cigar City Brewing Introduces Jai Low IPA as Newest Year-Round

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 Brings Those Fall Vibes with Seasonal Return of Good Gourd

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 Begins Seasonal Release of The Benwood Hazy DIPA

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
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Cigar City Brewing Adds Spanish Cedar Jai Alai to Seasonal Lineup

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 Adds Paloma Gose to Seasonal Lineup

Paloma-MOck-Final-copyCigar 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

Release – Seasonal; April – June 2020
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 5
Added Ingredients – Grapefruit, lime & salt
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer-finder/

TBBW 2020 Event: Week of Barrel-Aged Releases at Cigar City Brewing

https___www.cigarcitybrewing.com_wp-content_uploads_2019_03_Logo-1color-Pantone-CMYKCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will celebrate five long-time employees during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 with a week-long series of Limited Bottle Releases at its newly renovated Spruce Street Taproom.

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 9Brady Eaglin | Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale | ABV – 14.0% ABV
  • Tuesday, March 10Jay “The Welder” Lesher | Apple Brandy and Cherry Brandy Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Vanilla and Almonds | ABV – 13.5%
  • Wednesday, March 11Alex Espinosa | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Hazelnut, Maple and Vanilla | ABV – 13.4%
  • Thursday, March 12Mike LaDuke | Double Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale With Cinnamon – ABV – 15.5% 
  • Friday, March 13Ian 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:

  • All releases will take place at Cigar City’s Spruce Street Taproom & Brewery (3924 W Spruce St. | Tampa, Florida)
  • 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!