Distribution Roundup: Cigar City Enters North Carolina; Devils Backbone Hits Ohio; Boulevard Adds Wisconsin to Footprint; Rhinegeist Adds Pittsburgh Distribution.
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- Production - Regional
3924 W Spruce Street
Tampa, FL 33607 United States
- At Cigar City Brewing we make beer we like to drink and toast those who choose to drink with us. Behind all our beer is the philosophy that quality is achieved by giving first rate ingredients to first rate people in a space where they are free to pursue their passion. We acknowledge that what we do at Cigar City Brewing isn’t for everyone, but we welcome all.
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Coronado Brewing and Cigar City Brewing are no strangers to good IPA’s, so it only made sense for these two award-winning breweries to join forces on a hop-forward collaboration: Conquista IPA.
Florida-based Cigar City Brewing will expand its distribution footprint for the first time in four years when it enters Tennessee next week, the company announced Thursday. The entry marks the beginning of an ambitious expansion plan for Cigar City that will include forays into North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Colorado and Utah, chief operating officer Justin Clark told Brewbound.
Partnership, innovation and celebration are all terms that come to mind when discussing the latest collaboration between Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing and Comstock’s Perrin Brewing Company, a Michigan brewed Jai Alai IPA. Born out of the desire to celebrate this partnership, this brew, overseen by Cigar City’s Brewmaster Wayne Wambles, is scheduled to be released January 28th in the Perrin Pub. This will be the first time Cigar City has served it’s beer in Michigan and will be the one and only batch of Michigan-brewed Jai Alai IPA.
Cigar City Brewing Company Announces 2017 Distribution Portfolio 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.
As Perrin Brewing continues to rapidly grow within its home state of Michigan and throughout the United States, they’re thrilled to announce distribution in the Florida market beginning in February with the launch of a specialty collaboration brew. To kick off this new launch, Perrin has invited their fellow brewery partners at Oskar Blues Brewery and Cigar City Brewing to create a one-time batch of an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, “Triangulation”. This collaboration will take place on December 1st.
The much anticipated ColoRADo debut for Tampa’s award-winning brewery, Cigar City Brewing, is goin’ down! Lock in Thursday, July 21st at 4:30pm in the Tasty Weasel Taproom at Oskar Blues Brewery (1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO) for a Fuster Cluck of a beer event.
The Brewers Association (BA) today released its annual rankings of the top 50 U.S. breweries based on 2015 sales volumes, and once again Ballast Point Brewing emerged as the biggest mover amongst the industry’s largest craft producers. Climbing 20 places from 31 on the “Top Craft Brewing Companies” list, Ballast Point is now ranked as the 11th largest U.S. craft brewery, according to the BA. Although the organization’s official production figures will not be made available until next month, the San Diego-based brewery had projected 2015 volumes to be about 290,000 barrels.
Cigar City, a leading independent brewery based in Tampa, Fla., has agreed to sell controlling interest to Boston-based private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners, which already owns majority stakes in Oskar Blues, Perrin Brewing and the Utah Brewers Cooperative outfit that includes the Wasatch and Squatters brands. Together, the five craft breweries make up what the firm calls United Craft Brews LLC., a holding company and special purpose fund set up specifically for craft brewery acquisitions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to close within the next 90 days.
Brewbound kicked off its 2016 Brew Talks tour this week with a stop at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida, where 100 beer industry professionals convened to talk about the state’s emerging craft beer industry. Joining the evening’s first conversation were Cigar City founder Joey Redner and Tim Schoen, CEO of Brew Hub, a large-scale contract outfit that produces beer for a variety of craft beer partners. Together, the pair shared thoughts on how small brewers could navigate an increasingly competitive landscape and discussed ways in which craft operators should manage periods of rapid growth.
Five local brewers and retailers with an intimate knowledge of the Florida beer scene will join the program. The evening’s first conversation with Cigar City founder Joey Redner and Brew Hub founder Tim Schoen will explore creative growth strategies for craft brewers. A second panel featuring Chris Larue, the merchandising & analytics director at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Cigar City vice president Justin Clark and Coppertail Brewing president Kent Bailey will discuss Florida’s emerging craft beer scene.
Amidst speculation that his company was about to be scooped up by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cigar City founder Joey Redner responded to questions regarding the future of a company he launched just seven years ago. That speculation, fueled by a blog posting that cited three unnamed sources as providing what it called ‘a credible rumor,’ was only so much noise and speculation, noted Redner, who said “there’s nothing to announce.”
Despite ongoing capacity constraints, Cigar City Brewing managed to grow its annual production by more than 28 percent in 2014, selling over 44,000 barrels of beer, founder Joey Redner told Brewbound. The growth was driven primarily by the brewery’s top-selling flagship, Jai Alai IPA, which accounted for more than half — about 23,000 barrels — of all barrels sold. Cigar City sold just over 5,000 barrels of its second most popular brew, Florida Cracker, Redner said.
Two retail advocacy groups and a couple of powerful wholesaler networks in Florida are challenging a state law that allows brewers to operate as vendors, leaving many in the craft industry in fear that their businesses may be at risk. Brewers in the state have been able to operate on-site tasting rooms outside of the framework of the traditional three-tier distribution system thanks to a tourism exemption, originally written to allow Anheuser-Busch to sell beer products at Busch Gardens, a theme park the company owned at the time.
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