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Former editor in chief of an award winning publication, avid outdoorsman, love hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, visiting state parks, published writer, avid drinker, certified bartender, beer rater and I ran a bar tending school, and blogger writing under title of the Man Can Critic 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

6/19/15 Cigar City Brewry

It's taken some time but here is the synopsis of my trip to Florida and cigar City Brewery. First I had an awesome time in Florida. It was great seeing family and I got to drip some amazing beers and had an all around great time doing everything we did there. Cigar city is fantastic. The tour is around $5 and you get a Cigar City glass and about 2 full beers on the tour. About half a glass of four different beers. We went on a Saturday so we had the pleasure of touring with Bob. He only works on weekends so that is definitely the time to go. He is very informative and a pretty funny guy. The first stop is the tasting room where you get to indulge is some Florida Cracker named after Florida's Rodeo scene. All Cigar City brews take their names from Florida and Tampa's rich history. Next it was off to the canning room where we had some Maduro. There we learned some interesting facts and seen a "Big Ass Fan". I believe that is what it is actually called. Next it was off to the micro lab and time for some Invasion. There we learned about all the testing Cigar City does. Lastly we went back to the tasting room and concluded our tour with some Jai Alai fresh off the fermentor.  Jai Alai was my favorite. All in all we tried two flights and the beers on the tour. While there I had Homefront IPA, Strawberry Creamsicle, Bolita Double Brown Ale, Jai Alai White Oak Aged IPA, Key Lime IPA, Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale, Caffe Americano Double Stout, Grand Dix, Maduro Brown Ale, and Invasion Pale Ale. Out of all the great beers I had that day Bolita Double Brown Ale was my favorite. All in all this was easily the best brewery trip I have ever had. It was great going to somewhere new having some great beers and sharing that experience with my great family. All of us had a great time and I'm looking forward to going back again. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.

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