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 –


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 –

CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective Launches New IPA Mixed Pack

CANarchylogoThe 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!


Cigar City Brewing Launches its first Mixed 12-Pack

Final-Logo-3color-Pantone-CMYKCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it is adding the CCB Mixed 12-Pack, a variety pack that will act as the exclusive packaging format for cans of Space Pope IPA, to its portfolio of Year-Round offerings in January 2019.

Made possible in large part due to the successful launches of Jai Alai IPA 12-packs and the CANarchy Mixed 12-Pack – Vol. 1 (click here to read more about this multi-brewery pack), the CCB Mixed 12-Pack contains the following four incredibly successful offerings from Cigar City Brewing (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Jai Alai IPA – A 7.5% ABV American IPA dry-hopped with Simcoe hops and currently the second-best selling craft six-pack can nationwide.
  • Guayabera Citra Pale Ale – Cigar City Brewing’s second best-selling brand, brings a lower-alcohol yet hop-forward offering to the CCB Mixed 12-pack, clocking in at 5.5% ABV.
  • Florida Cracker – A crisp Belgian-style White Ale of 5.5% ABV brewed with coriander and orange peel, is a refreshing wheat beer addition.
  • Space Pope IPA – A bright, citrusy IPA of 7.3% ABV that’s loaded with Mosaic, Citra, Hallertauer Blanc and (what else?) Galaxy hops to highlight notes of candied orange and tangerine. 

Although kegs of Space Pope IPA will see “sporadic distribution” throughout 2019, 12 oz. cans of this new Year-Round offering will be available exclusively in the CCB Mixed 12-Pack.

The CCB Mixed 12-Pack will begin rolling out in select markets in January and is scheduled to enter full distribution by mid-2019.  Once fully introduced, you can expect to find The CCB Mixed 12-pack available Year-Round at “the finest grocery stores, package stores, liquor stores and independent craft beer shops” located in Florida, Alabama and throughout the rest of Cigar City Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!




Cigar City Brewing Enters 2019 with Special Release of White Oak Jai Alai

CCBWhiteOakCanCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has announced that White Oak Jai Alai has officially returned for a limited time as a Special Release.

Released occasionally as a unique riff on Cigar City Brewing’s iconic Jai Alai IPA, White Oak Jai Alai takes that flagship India Pale Ale and hits it with an “addition of white oak spirals to impart sleek notes of vanilla, coconut and a touch of dill to Jai Alai’s bold citrus and caramel character.”  The oak adds further complexity by tempering “the bitterness in the 70 IBU base beer while oak tannins elegantly dry the beer’s body to create a unique drinking experience that still remains true to Jai Alai’s unique qualities.”

White Oak Jai Alai officially hit the Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room on December 27 and is scheduled to roll out “throughout most of [the brewery’s] distribution network in the coming weeks.”  You can expect to find this Special Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments in Florida and other select territories located within Cigar City Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for White Oak Jai Alai from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited/Special, late December 2018 through Q1 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 70
Treatment – Rested on white oak spirals
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder –


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 Introduces New-Look Packaging

unnamed (83)
An example of the new look is on the right.  Old packaging is on the left. **All photos are courtesy of Cigar City Brewing**

Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) recently announced that it will soon be hitting shelves with a refreshed look for all of its packaging along with a newly introduced 12-pack of Jai Alai IPA.

After revealing a new logo back in mid-November, Cigar City Brewing is continuing their change in aesthetics by redesigning the look of their full line of packaged offerings.  Each can’s new design incorporates “hidden elements that speak to Florida history and culture” while still maintaining a look that “[resonates] well in the markets outside of Florida.” Soon to be applied to all packaging, these changes will be seen in the immediate future on Jai Alai IPA, Invasion Tropical Pale Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, Maduro Brown Ale, and Tampa-style Lager (all pictured below).

“By refreshing, we were not looking to reinvent the wheel but instead optimize it and make it work more efficiently. We had a lot of successful elements in the previous designs but lacked overall harmony, our creative goal was to make these new designs feel like a natural evolution of their predecessor, for a look that definitively screams Cigar City Brewing.”


– Tiffany Cox, Creative Manager at Cigar City Brewing

This change also brings with it the good news that fan-favorite Jai Alai IPA has finally found its way into 12-packs of 12 oz. cans.  These new 12-packs are available now in Cigar City’s Tasting Room and will be “launching in all markets in the immediate future.”

In this case, it is probably best to let photos of the new packaging speak for themselves from this point.  Be sure to check them out that way you know what to look for the next time you are in search of your favorite beer from Cigar City Brewing.  Prost!

unnamed (85)

unnamed (86)

Cigar City Brewing Provides a Peek at Its 2018 Distribution Calendar

CCBKoozieFreshly adorned with some sweet new branding, Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has come forward to give fans a look at the year ahead with the publication of the brewery’s 2018 Distribution Calendar.

As is the case with all brewery calendars around here, we have posted Cigar City Brewing’s full 2018 Distribution Calendar below so that you can look it over at your own pace.  We do have a few points to mention first, so let’s quickly get those out of the way:

That’s all we have for you on this one, but there are still plenty of beers that we did not go over remaining on the calendar below.  Be sure to give it a good once over so that you can start getting excited for another fantastic year of beers ahead from Cigar City Brewing.  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:

unnamed (13)

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!