LOKO Cuisine Teams up with Homes for our Troops for Caribeque Eggs & Kegs

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, January 21 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will return to Cigar City Brewing (3924 W. Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) to host a special Caribeque Eggs & Kegs that will benefit Homes for our Troops.

For this edition of Eggs & Kegs, the folks at LOKO Cuisine are using their platform to help raise awareness for Homes for our Troops – a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.  While at this event, attendees will have the chance to participate in “a raffle with some sweet prizes from local businesses that will directly 100% benefit Homes for our Troops Florida recipients.”

As far as the grub goes, this Eggs & Kegs menu will be comprised of the following five-course, BBQ-themed brunch featuring seasonings and sauces from Caribeque Seasoning and Rub Co.:

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Cigar City Brewing will be showcasing White Oak Jai Alai IPA as the featured pairing for the meal above.  Attendees will receive one drink ticket that is good for one pour of that offering or any other “one pint or snifter of equal value.”

Tickets for Eggs & Kegs: Caribeque are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the five-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.

If you are free on January 21, just go ahead and secure your Eggs & Kegs: Caribeque tickets now so that you can enjoy a fantastic meal and help provide support for the amazing cause of Homes for our Troops.  Prost!

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LOKO Cuisine Takes Upcoming Eggs & Kegs Brunch to the Campfire

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, December 17 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will partner with iTREKKERS to host a “Campfire” edition of Eggs & Kegs at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida).

For this installment of Eggs & Kegs, LOKO Cuisine has teamed up with iTREKKERS to provide attendees with an elevated, camping-inspired dining experience that they will enjoy while  “learning about guided hassle-free outdoor activities in Tampa Bay.”  This brunch will feature the following four-course spread of “campfire classics from the land and sea”:

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All attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value” during the meal. Cigar City Brewing will be showcasing their Cafe con Leche Sweet Stout during the brunch, and that does sound like a mighty fine pairing for the menu above.

Tickets for Eggs & Kegs: Campfire 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.

Please be aware that seating is limited and nearly all Eggs & Kegs events sell out rather quickly.  With that in mind, go ahead and secure your tickets now so that you and yours are able to experience Eggs & Kegs: Campfire on December 17.  Prost!

 

 

Tasting Notes: Partner Ships IPL from Heavy Seas Beer and Cigar City Brewing

CCBHSIPLPour_edited1000This week’s installment of Tasting Notes gets a double dose of styles and breweries as we have a look at Partner Ships IPL from Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida).

This very special IPL (India Pale Lager) comes to us as the latest installment in Heavy Seas Beer’s Partner Ships Series, a lineup of limited releases that “features beers produced in collaboration with other regionally and nationally recognized brewers in the spirit of friendship, creativity, and adventure.”  Heavy Seas teamed up with Cigar City Brewing this time around to brew a golden lager that combines “bready malt aromatics” with a sizable hop bill (Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe & Mandarina Bavaria) that one might associate with an American India Pale Ale.  Thanks to “late addition kettle hops followed by extensive dry-hopping”, the 7.8% ABV Partner Ships IPL comes together to provide “full citrus and tropical fruit flavors and aromas balancing a soft bitterness.”  Partner Ships IPL is available now in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Sea Beer’s distribution area.

Now that we have worked our way through the details behind Partner Ships IPL, let’s dig a little deeper by pouring a glass and getting into some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Partner Ships IPL from Heavy Seas Beer & Cigar City Brewing

Appearance:  Partner Ships IPL pours a yellow-tinged copper in color and is wearing a solid two fingers of creamy white foam.  When held to direct light, the color brightens intensely to reveal a beautiful, deep golden.  Pristine in clarity, the beer displays an abundant carbonation presence plugging away within.  Head has good retention, but it does eventually reduce down to a lasting and lush half finger that leaves behind wide sheets of lace on the glass.

Aroma: The first note to hit the nose is a solid, spot-on lager maltiness that has a nice and comforting bready quality to it.  Starting with an earthy, floral character predominately comprised of piney and grassy notes, the hops creep forward, slowly build, and finish with a citrus flourish of lemon, grapefruit and tangerine.

Taste:  In this arena, the hops strike first with a bright pop of grapefruit, orange and lemon zest.  That initial citrus hop bite softens to expose floral, grassy and piney tones just before a second fruity wave rises to engulf the palate with notes of tangerine and tropical fruit.  The beer closes with a slightly sweet, pilsner malt breadiness and just a bit of booziness.

Mouthfeel:  Medium bodied with a soft carbonation, this IPL has a good amount of weight to it but still remains highly drinkable.  The expected bitterness is there, but it is subdued and nicely balanced by just the right amount of sweet malt character.  That 7.8% ABV brings a little heat, but it does not take away from the experience.  The aftertaste leaves behind some tangerine zest and a touch of alcohol.

Final Thoughts:  The greatest takeaway from our experience with Partner Ships IPL was the remarkable way that Heavy Seas and Cigar City retained the soul of a beautiful lager in a beer that had its hop bill pumped up to true American IPA levels.  In a hybrid style where the malts are often nothing more than an afterthought these days, this IPL’s Pilsen and Vienna malts are distinctly present and play just as much a role as the hops.  Sure, it causes the alcohol to intrude on the flavor a touch, but it does so in a way that does not damage a profile more abundantly filled with delightful floral, bready, earthy, fruity and crackery notes.  Even at that 7.8% ABV, Partner Ships IPL possesses a level of drinkability that allows for one person to easily crush a 22 oz. bomber in a sitting or sip on all day while in a cookout or get-together kind of atmosphere.  This is a beer drinker’s beer, and that’s something we all can get behind, right?  Be sure to check out Partner Ships IPL before its limited run comes to an end.  Prost!

Brew Bus and Cigar City Brew Rising Hope IPA to Benefit National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Brew-Bus-Brewing-logoBrew Bus Brewing (Tampa, Florida) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) have announced that they will officially launch Rising Hope IPA, a special collaboration release brewed to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, on September 1.

When the folks at Brew Bus Brewing and Cigar City Brewing got together to create Rising Hope IPA, they wanted this beer to be known for more than just being an India Pale Ale “featuring notes of Gooseberry and Grapefruit with a hoppy finish.”  No, they wanted Rising Hope IPA to be “renowned for its outstanding character” since it has been brewed to recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and all proceeds from the sales of this beer will help the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation “fund research for less toxic, more therapeutic treatments for children battling cancer.”

Rising Hope IPA will be packaged in 12 oz. cans, and both breweries will host a Kick-Off Party for this beer and its cause at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) on Friday, September 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The breweries have also promised to release details on how you can get this beer outside of the launch event, so stay tuned for that information.

**UPDATE 9.6.17**

When & Where to Get Rising Hope IPA

  • Friday, September 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) – Rising Hope IPA Kick-Off Party
  • Friday, September 1 at Brew Bus Brewing (4101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) – Available for purchase in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans ($11 each) and on draft. Rising Hope IPA is available while supplies last
  • Friday, September 1 at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) – Available for purchase in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans ($11 each) and on draft. Rising Hope IPA is available while supplies last
  • Wednesday, September 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Independent Bar & Cafe – Tampa (5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) – Rising Hope IPA Party Benefiting the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation
  • Friday, September 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at C. 1949 (6905 N. Orleans Ave., Tampa, Florida) – Rising Hope IPA and Brew Bus Spotlight

**UPDATE 9.6.17**

No matter how you secure it, just remember that 100% of the proceeds raised from the sale of Rising Hope IPA will be donated to benefit the amazing efforts and cause of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  That fact alone makes this a can’t miss release because “you could save a lot with this beer, like the lives of children battling cancer.”  Prost!

LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Unite Once Again for Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko

LOKOlargeOn Sunday, September 17 at 10:45 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will head back to the Fermentorium at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) to collaborate on a second edition of Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko.

For IchiLoko: Round 2, the chefs of LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will combine their talents to honor Oktoberfest with a four-course brunch that merges the culinary traditions of Germany and Asia.  The menu will consist of the following inventive dishes:

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To cover the “kegs” side of this event, Cigar City Brewing will be pouring their Oktoberfest German-style Festbier and “other delicious beers.”  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-infused cold brew coffee and nitro matcha green tea on tap (coffee & tea not included in ticket cost).

Tickets for this installment of Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko 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.

Friendly word of advice: If you wish to attend IchiLoko, we suggest that you secure your tickets as soon as possible because this event will be limited to just 60 seats due to the Cigar City taproom being closed for remodeling.  Make it happen and we hope to see you all there!  Prost!

Cigar City Brewing Prepares for Red Banner Release of Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout

unnamed (8)On Tuesday, August 1 at 11 a.m., Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) will celebrate the annual release of Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout by hosting Red Banner Day 2017.

Each year, the good people at Cigar City Brewing honor Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II, with the release Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout.  With “notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses”, this “monolithic” Imperial Stout has impressed craft beer lovers the world over by being “fudge-like without being cloying, roasty without being acrid, and built to develop further complexity over time when properly cellared.”

Although this beer will see distribution throughout Cigar City Brewing’s full distribution area, the brewery will properly recognize the release of Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout with Red Banner Day 2017 on August 1.  Not only will this event act as your first opportunity to try this year’s vintage on draft, you will also be able to purchase an “unlimited quantity” of Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout in 22 oz. bottles.

Although Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout is more than capable of carrying an event on its own, Red Banner Day 2017 will feature much more than just one beer.  To start, this event will also act as the first release of Cognac Barrel-aged Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout.  Short in supply, this “barrel-aged masterpiece . . .  balances its espresso-like roastiness with a soft licorice-like sweetness and pronounced vanilla from extensive aging in French oak.”  Cognac Barrel-aged Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout will not see distribution, and will only be available for purchase on draft and in 750ml bottles in the Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room. The brewery expects this offering to sell out quickly and has set a limit of two (2) bottles per person.

In addition to Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout and Cognac Barrel-aged Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout, Cigar City Brewing also plans to tap “numerous specialty treatments” of Marshal Zhukov’s throughout Red Banner Day.  Throw in the fact that Cigar City will have a food truck on site all day, and now you have an event that truly has everything you could possibly need to properly enjoy a stout-laden day at the brewery.

Stout lovers, Red Banner Day 2017 is guaranteed to be an epic-level event and you will experience some serious regrets if you miss this one.  Don’t be that guy or gal left lamenting the day after.  Do what you must and join us at Red Banner Day so that we can raise a collective toast to the return of Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout.  We hope to see you all there.  Prost!

Vital Information for Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout (2017) from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited/Special, launching August 1, 2017
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.2%
IBUs – 70
Ingredients – Roasted barley and English hop varietals

Recommended Glassware – Tulip or snifter
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft

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Heavy Seas and Cigar City Brewing Collaborate on Partner Ships IPL

35031085885_4e10682b3e_kHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has announced that IPL, a special collaboration beer with Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida), will release in July as the next installment in the brewery’s Partner Ships Series.

The brewers at Heavy Seas and Cigar City Brewing recently got together to create India Pale Lager (IPL) as the second release of 2017 in the Partner Ships Series, a lineup of limited releases from Heavy Seas Beer that “features beers produced in collaboration with other regionally and nationally recognized brewers in the spirit of friendship, creativity, and adventure.”  IPL is a golden lager that showcases the characteristics of a sizable hop bill –  Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe and Mandarina Bavaria – alongside “bready malt aromatics.”  Thanks to “late addition kettle hops followed by extensive dry-hopping”, the 7.8% IPL provides “full citrus and tropical fruit flavors and aromas balancing a soft bitterness.”

IPL is a limited release that will officially launch in July.  You can expect to find this offering in 22 oz. bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution footprint.  Like all releases from the Partner Ships series, the supply of IPL will be incredibly limited.  Keep that in mind when this brew releases next month and get it while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for Partner Ships Series: IPL from Heavy Seas Beer & Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited/Partner Ships Series, July 2017
Style – India Pale Lager
ABV – 7.8%
IBUs – 48
Hops – Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe & Mandarina Bavaria
Malts – Pilsen, Vienna & MFB Special Aromatic Malt
Availability – 22 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

 

 

Cigar City Brewing Adds Colorado to Distribution Network

ccb-logo-2colorCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced plans to begin distribution in the state of Colorado effective immediately.

Distribution was obviously on Cigar City Brewing’s agenda this year as Colorado now marks the fourth new state to receive deliveries from the brewery in 2017.  To ensure that this new market launch is a success, the brewery has partnered with the following distributors to cover the state of Colorado: RMC Distributors, Coors Distributing Company, High Country Beverage and Mountain Beverage Co.  Craft beer fans in Colorado will be happy to find 12 oz. cans of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, Invasion Pale Ale and Tampa-style Lager available on shelves now. During the launch, the brewery will also be sending several specialty draft releases such as Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push and Margarita Gose.

Speaking of the launch, the brewery will be hosting several market launch events across Colorado from May 15 through May 18.  In addition to the distributor reps, quite a few Cigar City Brewing representatives are making the trip to be in attendance – Brewmaster Wayne Wambles, COO Justin Clark, El Lector Neil Callaghan, and Brand Manager Lucas Widrick – so the Colorado craft beer community can receive a proper introduction to the brewery’s “brand and its award-winning beer from the people who know it best.”  The Colorado launch events currently scheduled are as follows:

Monday, May 15 – Denver

Tuesday, May 16 – Fort Collins

Wednesday, May 17 –  Vail, Colorado Springs & Longmont

  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Launch Party at Vail Ale House (2161 N Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657)
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Launch Event at Brass Tap (13271 Bass Pro Dr #110, Colorado Springs, CO 80921)
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Pint Night at Parry’s Pizza Longmont (1232 S Hover Rd #100, Longmont, CO 80501)

Thursday, May 18 – Denver, Northglenn & Highlands Ranch

If you happen to be a craft beer lover in the Colorado area, now is the time to start getting excited.  Make sure you hit up one or several of these launch event to raise a glass with the Cigar City crew and give them a proper welcome to the great state of Colorado.  Prost!

 

LOKO Cuisine to Host Oeste Cubano Q Dinner at Cigar City Brewing

CUBANO-FRONTAt 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, LOKO Cuisine will set up once again in the Fermentorium at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W. Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) to host the second installment in their Oeste Dinner Series, Cubano Q.

Chef John LoScalzo of LOKO Cuisine developed the Oeste Dinner series as a means of celebrating the culinary history and traditions of West Tampa.  Since Cigar City Brewing also draws a good amount of inspiration from this region, LoScalzo made the very easy decision to partner with the brewery so that he may pair his dishes with the most appropriate beers available.  For Round 2 of Oeste, LOKO Cuisine’s Cubano Q will be “a Cuban infused BBQ spread that will tantalize your taste buds with sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavors.”  This seated, family-style dinner event will feature the following menu of six dishes:

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As attendees enjoy the elaborate meal above, they will have the option to pair it with Cigar City’s Margarita Gose, Guava Grove Sour Ale, Guayabera Pale Ale or Pilsner.  One pint or snifter of equal value is included in cost of the dinner, but attendees will have the option to purchase additional pours throughout the event.

Tickets for Oeste Cubano Q are $50 (plus tax) each, and you can purchase yours now through the LOKO Cuisine website (click here).  The cost of the ticket allows you to enjoy the full menu and one pint or snifter of beer.  Like all LOKO Cuisine events, seating is extremely limited.  With that in mind, lock in those tickets as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss out on what is sure to be an amazing dining experience.  Prost!

Cigar City Brewing and LOKO Cuisine to Host Jai Life Eggs and Kegs Event

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, May 21 at 11 a.m., Cigar City Brewing (3924 W. Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) and LOKO Cuisine will join forces once again to bring their fans Jai Life Eggs and Kegs, a Jamaican-inspired brunch that showcases the culinary versatility of Jai Alai India Pale Ale.

Eggs and Kegs is an ongoing series of food and beer pairings where Chef Loscalzo of LOKO Cuisine designs an imaginative themed menu centered around the flavor and aromatic profiles of a chosen beer or beers.  Taking place in the Fermentorium at Cigar City Brewing, Jai Life Eggs and Kegs will feature “a Jamaican inspired 4-course spread made to complement the hoppy goodness of Jai Alai IPA.”  For this event, Cigar City Brewing will be offering two variants of Jai AlaiWhite Oak Jai Alai and Jai Alai treated with Fresh Grapefruit Zest, as options to enjoy with the following menu:

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In addition to all of the amazing food and beer, Jai Life Eggs and Kegs will also feature Citra Hopped nitro infused cold brew coffee from Ginger Beard Coffee and an ambiance properly set by the music of Bob Marley and other artists of the reggae genre.

Tickets for this event are $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours now through the LOKO Cuisine website (click here).  The cost of the ticket allows you to enjoy the menu items above and also includes “one (1) pint or snifter of beer of equal value.”  Seating is limited for this event, so be sure to secure your tickets before they sell out.  Prost!