2017 Distribution Calendar & Updates
Cigar City Brewing is excited to introduce its 2017 Distribution Portfolio filled with CCB fan favorites and exciting new additions. The calendar includes: Cores, a Nitro Series, and Special Releases poised to hit CCB’s entire distribution footprint. This new line-up launches in January with the Nitro Series release of El Coco Coconut Flan Ale and the Special Series release of White Oak Jai Alai.
CCB is currently available in 6 states including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. Expansion into numerous new markets is slated for 2017, with a new state being announced after the new year. CCB ales and lagers are also exported to the country of Denmark.
Cigar City Brewing’s 2017 Distribution Portfolio
El Coco Coconut Flan Ale [January & February]
Hornswoggled Red Ale [March & April]
Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale [May & June]
Horchata Tropical Ale [July & August]
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale [September & October]
Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout [November & December]
White Oak Jai Alai [January, February, June & July]
Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push [March]
Guayabera Citra Pale Ale [April & October]
Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale [May & November]
Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout [August]
Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale [September]
Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout [December]
TAMPA, FL & NASHVILLE, TN – Cigar City Brewing Company Announces Tennessee Distribution
Continued growth is on the horizon for Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing with 2017 kicking off with the addition of Tennessee to the brewery’s distribution network. This marks the first new state to receive deliveries of Cigar City’s award-winning beer in over four years. CCB will be partnering with Nashville’s Lipman Brothers Distributing, serving Middle Tennessee including the cities of Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. Twelve ounce cans of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, Invasion Pale Ale and Tampa-Style Lager can currently be found in this new market, with draft beer to follow shortly behind.
“It’s been a long time coming but for the first time in many years, we’re able to introduce a brand new market to our Tampa-inspired ales and lagers,” says CCB’s El Lector, Neil Callaghan. “Tennessee’s beer community is one that’s educated and excited about new and innovative craft beer, so the decision to expand to the Volunteer State was an easy one. Lipman Brothers’ talented team has been bringing Tennessee the world’s finest craft beer for years and their commitment to putting the freshest product into beer lover’s hands matches our own commitment to brewing the most innovative, highest quality products.”
Market launch events will be taking place in Nashville from January 16th thru January 20th with numerous Cigar City representatives present, including Cigar City Brewing’s COO Justin Clark and El Lector Neil Callaghan. These events will be incredible opportunities for Tennessee’s craft beer fans to enjoy some of the first CCB beer to be shipped to the state and to learn about Cigar City Brewing’s brand and it’s award winning beer from the people who know it best.
Cigar City Brewing’s beer, including award-winning Jai Alai IPA, is now available in seven states encompassing Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Tennessee. Cigar City ales and lagers are also exported to the country of Denmark.
Cigar City Brewing’s Tennessee Launch Events
5 PM: Flying Saucer Nashville (111 10th Ave S #310, Nashville)
4 PM: Jack Brown’s (1123 3rd Ave N, Nashville)
4 PM: Hop Stop (2909 Gallatin Pike, Nashville)
7 PM: 12 South (2318 12th Ave S, Nashville)
6 PM: Smoker’s Abbey: (604 Gallatin Ave, Nashville)
7 PM: 3 Crow Bar (1024 Woodland St, Nashville)
7 PM: Tenn Sixteen (1016 Woodland St, Nashville)
4 PM: Craft Brewed (2502 Franklin Pike, Nashville)
4 PM: Red Dog Wine and Spirits (1031 Riverside Dr, Franklin)
7 PM: Brewhouse Midtown (1900 Broadway, Nashville)
7:30 PM: Brewhouse South (1855 Galleria Blvd, Franklin)
4 PM: Maryland Farms Wine and Spirits (101 Creekside Crossing #800, Brentwood)
JAI ALAI PRODUCTION
When our partnership with craft beer pioneers Oskar Blues was announced in early 2016, we went to great lengths to assure beer lovers worldwide that the exclusive goal and result of the partnership would be to put more Cigar City Brewing into more people’s hands. We’re proud to now announce the first step toward that goal will be the release of our flagship beer, Jai Alai IPA, brewed at Oskar Blues’ facility in Brevard, North Carolina.
Jai Alai’s growth as a brand was a major catalyst for Cigar City Brewing and Oskar Blues Brewery’s partnership. Cigar City Brewing’s Tampa facility had reached its maximum possible output of beer in early 2016 and Founder and CEO Joey Redner was faced with the looming prospect of having to secure millions of dollars in loans to build a new facility that wouldn’t be producing beer until at least 2019. With impressive facilities and room to expand production, Oskar Blues’ facilities in Colorado, Texas and North Carolina provided an ideal scenario to grow Cigar City Brewing organically and efficiently.
To say that Jai Alai IPA is an important beer to Cigar City Brewing as a company would be a gross understatement. The balanced, citrus-forward IPA represents over 60% of our annual production and has offered craft beer lovers in Florida and elsewhere their first taste of Redner and Brewmaster Wayne Wambles’ vision for an ambitious new direction in Florida beer. As its popularity grew in our early days (way back in the Dark Ages of the early 2010’s), we had our first taste of brewing the iconic recipe on a new system in 2013 when we supplemented production of Jai Alai IPA on our original 15 barrel brewhouse with our newly commissioned 30 barrel brewhouse. The experience we gained translating a recipe from one set of equipment to another proved valuable when we partnered with Lakeland, Florida’s Brew Hub in 2014 to increase our capacity by producing additional Jai Alai IPA at their facility. All told, we’ve brewed Jai Alai IPA on four different systems and have been able to consistently produce the same high-quality beer throughout.
Our production staff has spent weeks at the Brevard facility overseeing every aspect of Jai Alai IPA creation from water treatment to wort production and fermentation to filtration and packaging. The process has been overseen by Cigar City’s Brewmaster Wayne Wambles, Director of Brewing Operations Madison Roane and Production Manager Sean Sasscer, and their combined decades of brewing experience has ensured that the beer produced in North Carolina is true to the Jai Alai IPA recipe that Wayne created years ago. We’re also extremely fortunate to have Oskar Blues’ production team, led by Brewmaster Tim Matthews, to help guide us as we introduce Jai Alai to a new facility and staff. Tim is an industry giant whose years of experience matching beers and recipes like Oskar Blues’ iconic Dale’s Pale Ale across different facilities has proved to be invaluable. These brewing veterans, along with Quality Assurance/Quality Control teams from both Oskar Blues and Cigar City, have tasted dozens of samples of Jai Alai IPA brewed on two different systems in Tampa, Jai Alai IPA brewed in Lakeland and Jai Alai IPA brewed in North Carolina and have all agreed that the beers are essentially identical. When Wayne, the Brewmaster who created the beer’s recipe, takes a sip of Brevard-brewed Jai Alai IPA and says with a beaming grin, “That’s Jai Alai!” you know it’s true to the original.
We will always brew Jai Alai IPA in Tampa. The same brewing equipment we used to brew our first batch of Jai Alai in 2009 will be used to produce Jai Alai for years to come. Brevard-produced Jai Alai will help us to buttress the supply of Tampa-brewed Jai Alai and help deliver days-old beer to markets outside of the Sunshine State. For the foreseeable future the rest of Cigar City’s award-winning recipes, including Invasion Pale Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale and Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, will be brewed at the original Tampa brewery.
Our mission has always been to put the freshest, highest quality beer into the market and with the help of our wholesalers and partnership with Oskar Blues, we will continue to live up to the task.
TAMPA, FL & ASHEVILLE, NC – Cigar City Brewing Company Announces North Carolina Distribution
Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing is proud to announce the addition of North Carolina to the brewery’s distribution network. This is the second new state to receive deliveries of Cigar City Brewing’s award-winning beer in over four years. CCB will be partnering with numerous distribution partners to cover the state including Skyland Distributing Co., United Beverages of North Carolina, R.H. Barringer Distributing Company, Long Beverage Inc., Carolina Distributing LLC, Healy Wholesale Co Inc., Atlantic Shores Distributors,Carolina Premium Beverage, Coastal Beverage Co. and City Beverage Co Inc. Twelve ounce cans of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, Invasion Pale Ale and Tampa-style Lager can currently be found in this new market with draft beer to follow shortly behind.
Market launch events will be taking place across North Carolina from March 21st thru March 29th with numerous Cigar City Brewing representatives present, including Cigar City Brewing’s El Lector Neil Callaghan and Brand Manager Lucas Widrick. These events will be incredible opportunities for North Carolina’s craft beer fans to enjoy some of the first CCB beer to be shipped to the state and to learn about Cigar City Brewing’s brand and it’s award winning beer from the people who know it best.
Cigar City Brewing’s official North Carolina Launch Party will be taking place at Oskar Blues’ Tasty Weasel Taproom in Brevard on Saturday, March 25th beginning at noon. This event will feature specialty Cigar City Brewing taps, a Jai Alai-infused food special from the Oskar Blues CHUBwagon food truck and live music from South Carolina rockers The Excons from 6-8pm.
Cigar City Brewing’s beer, including award-winning Jai Alai IPA, is now available in eight states encompassing Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee and North Carolina. Cigar City Brewing’s ales and lagers are also exported to the country of Denmark.
Cigar City Brewing’s North Carolina Launch Events
Week of 3/20 – Raleigh
- 3/21: Tyler’s Durham
- 3/22: Raleigh Times
- 3/23: Raleigh Beer Garden
Week of 3/20 – Brevard
- 3/25: Launch party at Oskar Blues Brewery’s Tasty Weasel Taproom in Brevard
Week of 3/27 – Asheville
- 3/27: Barley’s (Asheville)
- 3/28: Creekside Tavern
- 3/29: Black Rose (Hendersonville)
Week of 3/27 – Charlotte
- 3/28: Brawley’s Beverage
- 3/29: Duckworth’s (Huntersville)
- 3/30: Pub Crawl — Harris Teeter #11, Growler USA, Kit’s Trackside Craft, The Fillmore Charlotte (for The Flaming Lips show)