United States > Florida > Tampa
batcountry72 (1) New Port Richey, Florida | December 19, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
I opened CCB. It was built the same time as Shulaís. You pay airport prices...no shock, but the menu design and recipes were solid. We put a lot of thought into it, considering we may need to make changes according to demand. At the time we had the core CCB beers, and ordered seasonals according to availability. Iíve never had a bad CCB beer.
The food is well prepared, and we didnít put cost ahead of quality. I donít know what is going on there now. However, we did launch a game plan by design. Ongoing beer and food training. Pairing beer with food, etc. The unit is partnered with HMS Host, Tinsley Family Concessions, and CCB.
Itís a great place to stop by before a flight, or on a layover.
Dogbrick (752) Columbus, Ohio | September 27, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
(Visited 07/2014): Cigar Cityís airport pub is located near gate C44.
There is a small bar and a few tables for seating, in the typical style of airport bars. The logo sign sticks out from faux brick walls, and there are hanging lights above the bar, and TVs behind it.
The airport location not surprisingly isnít going to give the brewpub a run for its money in the variety department, but there are 5 or 6 Cigar City brews including a seasonal or less-common beer.
Service at the bar on a weekday was good. The bartender was amiable and knew the Cigar City beers well.
I did not have any food on this visit.
Overall I engage an "any port in a storm" approach when it comes to beer places in airports, so this is a welcome sight at TPA.
theisti (551) Leawood, Kansas | June 30, 2014| Updated September 8, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Visited during a layover on a Thursday afternoon. Located in a big open part of the airport across from gate c44. 6 Cigar City beers were featured on draft including two beers that were advertised as being brewed on site. Taster available, though seemed to be just for the regular lineup beers. Food menu is fairly typical airport fare, with a bit of a Cuban flair. I didnít eat, but the food coming out seemed perfectly fine. They also had limited six packs to go, which is a very cool feature. I enjoyed my visit.
70 = ★★Ĺ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Beerman6686 (146) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | March 20, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Ambiance is what you would expect from an airport terminal bar. staff was friendly, small selection, but two special beers on. Had the special airport beer which was pretty nice. Didnt eat. Would definitely stop again if in the tampa airport for whatever reason.
GenDV138 (175) Falls Church, Virginia | February 6, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited on a return flight via AirTran in March 2013. Only accessible via Terminal C so youíll have to use one of the airlines in this terminal. About 5 or so Cigar City beers and one of their ciders at the time I was there, including the airport exclusive Tony Jannus Pale Ale. Taster set was available with the Tony Jannus and 3 of their regular brews, they also have one beer brewed at the airport brewpub. Food was good, had the cubano sandwich which was pretty solid. Bartender was pretty nice and attentive. Definitely recommend planning ahead and getting a flight into/out of Terminal C as this seemed like the best airport bar at TPA. Would be nice if they had a few more taps for other Cigar City offerings.
MeerkatTampa (2) New Port Richey, Florida | July 16, 2013
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
As an airport bar, this rates very high and it is a great place to stop and have a pint before getting on the plane. However, the big 4 + Tony Jannus are the only things you can rely on here. So sad given that Cigar Cityís forte are their small batch and experimental offerings. Prices are, of course, jacked up for the airport.
Scott_David (5) , | March 30, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Best airport bar Iíve ever been to for craft beer. Selection isnít huge, but itís all quality Cigar City brews (obviously) some of which can be exclusive to the location. Food is simple cuban/mexican, and good quality for an airport restaurant. Service is always excellent. FYI this is in the Southwest terminal and I never miss a chance to stop by.
DiarmaidBHK (737) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | October 11, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Granted itís an airport bar and 99% of them really, really suck. Still why would Cigar City lend their name to such an inferior experience. The servers didnít know a ton about the beer which was served in refridgerated glasses. They only have 6 of their beers on tap, including the exclusive tony jannus pale ale, plus a couple of BMCís. I ordered the soft pretzel sticks and they were very bland and lacked salt. it was just a very mediocre experience but at least you can get some craft beer, at hyper-inflated prices of course, at the airport.
maekchu (88) Hirakata, Japan | August 12, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
Open for two months now. Located in a wide airy section of Airside C. Corner-shaped bar with seating for 20 people. Beers on tap included four CCB regulars, one seasonal, and airport exclusive Tony Jannus Pale Ale, as well as Stella Artois and Bud Light. Pints and samplers (of four beers). Also a selection of spirits, wine, and bottled beer. The food menu looked good, if a bit pricey: small plates, entrees, salads, soups, sandwiches, and desserts. There is a tiny (1.5 barrel) brew system, on which they produce the Tony Jannus Pale Ale. Apparently this is the only brewpub in a US airport. Very friendly staff, who were interested in discussing the beers. Good place to sample some of the CCB regulars.
hopscotch (244) Vero Beach, Florida | August 3, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 18/20
The nicest looking food and beverage service place in the terminal. The brick structure really sets the tone. The food is expensive for Cuban food, but itís an airport, so this is to be expected. What was unexpected was how good my Cuban sandwich was. I was reluctant to order it, because itís an airport terminal and staffed by an airport contractor, but Iíll be darned if it wasnít one of the best Tampa-style Cuban sandwiches Iíve ever had. Thereís a whole lotta Joey Redner in the menu. The sandwich had more salami than most Tampa Cubans and I really enjoyed the Swiss cheese, ciabatta bread and huge pickle slices inside. The Virginia ham was a very nice touch as well. Plantain chips were a nice accompaniment. The beer selection isnít huge (Jai Alai, Maduro, Hotter Than Helles, Florida Cracker Wit), but the Tony Jannus Pale Ale was a real treat. Brewed on a small system right there in the airport, this is a pale ale that made my long layover in Tampa totally worth it. Itís also available only in the airport from what I hear.
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