The Day I Learned How Beer is Made
After the natural splendor of Bok Tower my girlfriend and I hit the road to Tampa. Why Tampa you ask? Three words: Cigar City Brewing.
While I can’t claim to be any kind of expert or even amateur beer connoisseur, ever since I started going to the DRB regularly and associating with my beer savant of a friend, I’ve been slowly but surely refining my brew palate. A few months ago I had the opportunity to attend a Cigar City sponsored event where there was an incredible selection, including everything from Puppy’s Breath Porter to Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale (Caramel Graham Cracker). Since then, the Florida brewery has had a spot on my radar, with their Maduro Brown ale in particular as one of my favorites.
Naturally when I began planning my first event, (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) I had Yo Miami’s resident beer expert reach out to them and was pleasantly surprised that he actually got a positive response back. Though they weren’t able to supply us for that particular event because of the short notice, it was great that they took the time to talk to us rather than just blow us off.
Now that I found myself heading out on a road trip across Florida, with Cigar City at the top of a short list of predetermined destinations I figured, What the hell? I shoot an e-mail over to the contact we had made there (I later found out it was their VP) and let him know I’d be stopping by at the tasting room later that week. Lucky for me he was able to see me and sit down to talk about potential opportunities for us to work together in the future. I can’t honestly compare my experience at the brewery with any others since it’s the only one I’ve been to (or at least nowhere bigger than a microbrewery); all I know is they were warm and welcoming and served us delicious beer.