Before I begin with today's review I have just found out that Cigar City's tasting room in Tampa may be shut down. This would mean no more special events, no more special tastings, and no selling of beer from the tasting room. I, like many beer drinkers out there, am completely blown away and shocked by this. This post from the Cigar City website goes into greater detail then I can :
Last Thursday we went to get our temporary wet-zoning made permanent and to extend our hours of operation. Since we have operated for two years without incident this should have been a rubber stamp. But, due to politics, a willful lack of understanding and what I personally believe is just a downright embracing of unfair practices, we got a 3-3 vote (you need 4 yes votes) and had to reschedule.
Our next trip in front of the Tampa City Council will be December 2nd. My birthday. We need 4 votes at this meeting and a following one or we lose our wet-zoning on the 16th of December. This means no more Tasting Room, no more special events, no more limited release parties, no beer for sell, at all, at the Tasting Room.
We have had no incidents at the Tasting Room. There has never been a police call for the brewery. We have never been cited for any violations. In short, we have shown, through our actions not our words, that we are a responsible business and neighbor. And oh by the way, while the economy has been stumbling along we have gone from 2 employees to 22. And some of those employees are in danger of losing their jobs because some members on the city council lack leadership and critical reasoning skills.
I don't know if we can change any minds. Some bias runs too deep. But I am humbly asking of everyone that supports craft beer in the Bay Area to help us. If you ever wondered why Florida is often considered a beer wasteland, dealing with provincial politicians and unfair laws is one of the reasons. And we have run headlong into that fact many times. This is just another iteration of the climate breweries have to operate in here.
This is what you can do to try to help. Contact ALL of the members of City Council. If you live in the city and vote, tell them so. If you live outside the city or the state, tell them Cigar City Brewing is one of the reasons you come into the city to spend money. In short, let the council know that Tampa having a craft beer scene is important to you. Handwritten letters (addresses are int he links) are always more personal, but if you simply do not have time there is an online contact for each member. And there is a phone # for each member as well. Feel free to call and let the members know that CCB and craft beer are important to you.
These are the three members of Council who voted against us.
These are those Council members who voted for us, let them know that you appreciate that they looked at evidence and fact and were not swayed by unsubstantiated claims.
Yvonne Yoli Capin
Finally, the member who was absent. Let Charlie Miranda know you support CCB and craft beer and are counting on his yes vote on December 2nd.
I want to thank everyone for their support. When I look back at the last two years and see the growth we have had it both amazes and humbles me. And I know that any success we have had is due to our loyal supporters who buy our beer and spread the word to others. We appreciate and value that support and regret that we must lean on you again, but we truly do need your help again desperately.
The CCB Staff and Joey Redner
If you care at all about Cigar City beer you help by writing to those council members and let them know how you feel about this situation.
Brewer : Otter Creek (Vermont)
Style : Black IPA
ABV : ?
I never really heard about, or tasted, any black IPA's until a month or so ago, but since that time I've had the chance to taste a few and I can't seem to get enough. They seem hold a lot of qualities that I love in beer. Creaminess, hoppiness, great aromas, and not to mention taste.
This one was an extra from SFLpunk, who I've traded with a few times, and always comes through with some great local stuff. This one was a great way to start off my Friday night after a long day at work. From the first pour I got a good amount of roasted malts in the aroma, plus creamy coffee and hops. The body wasn't super heavy, but it wasn't wimpy either. The flavors were a combination of roasted coffee bean and bitter hops, with a touch of malty flavor in there as well. Since this was a 12oz bottle I entertained the idea of keeping it all to myself, but my brother walked into the room and I had to share the wealth. Overall it was a great tasting beer.