The Tampa Bay area has quite a few breweries. Since micro-breweries are a big part of many of our travelling adventures, we figured we should try to visit some of them right here in our own backyard. The first up was Cigar City Brewing. http://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/
Cigar City has a national reputation for putting out great beer. They have even won awards at the Great American Beer Festival.
That tasting room is attached to the brewery. It's a long wooden bar where you can buy pints, quarts and a sampler of four beers. We sampled eight of their beers on tap. They had two Saisons that were very unique. Marshal Zukov’s Imperial Stout was delicious – smooth, robust and one of our favorites. The two we decided to bring home were the:
Madero Oatmeal Brown Ale – This is a fantastic brown ale. It is smooth and malty. It is full of flavor, yet very drinkable. It has a great toasted flavor. Definitely one of the best brown ales I have ever had.
Rye Porter – The Rye Porter was also a winner. It was full of flavor and well balanced with a nice finish.
We will definitely be back.