One of Tampa‘s newest craft breweries, Cigar City Brewing, is under siege to keep its Tasting Room open. Less than 2 years old, the brewery has won awards from Draft magazine and continues to garner fans across the country who carry bottles countrywide since the brewery now ships only to a few eastern states.
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The Tasting Room has an interesting current (November 2010) tasting menu – at the top is their award-winning Jai Alai IPA (7.5% ABV) and their cedar aged version of the same beer their Humidor IPA (also 7.5% ABV).
One of my favorites on their current menu is the Tocobaga Red (7.2% ABV) – it is as smooth as my other favorite amber beer on tap – Alaskan Amber.
An interesting limited edition brew set (2 different brews) is the “Either” and “Or” brews (11.2% ABV). According to the Tasting Room’s Travis, Either and Or is the result of a collaborative project of 3 breweries: the same recipe was used for both brews. Cigar City Brewing made the one batch, while a partnership of a Vermont brewery and a Copenhagen brewery made the second. The water and recipe are identical (both were brewed onsite in Tampa) but the hops are different. While both Either and Or are 11.2% ABV, my taste buds gave a totally different experience from each:
- “Either” tasted to me like a deep Chocolatey Stout style ale (is that the proper way to describe it?), and
- “Or” reminded me of Norwegian Christmas beers (which would be great with gingerbread).
I was amazed (but not surprised) at the difference that the hops brought to the same recipe beers. Either and Or are available in limited release for the next couple of weeks for $7.50 for a 12 oz bottle from the Tasting Room.
The next collaborative project will result in a New Year brew set called “Neither” and “Nor”. Watch for it in early 2011!
Please vote to keep the Cigar City Tasting Room open – even if you don’t live in Tampa!
Until the next pint,
UnOfficial beer goddess.