12 November 2017 - Best Beer HQ
Cigar City Tampa-style Lager Review
I had a can of Cigar City Brewing’s Tampa-style lager at an awesome eatery in Miami called Big Pink, a retro-hipster American-diner-style joint. I highly recommend it if you’re ever there. The portions are gigantic, and it’s obviously got cold craft beer in the fridge, which brings us to this week’s beer review…
Blurb about the beer: Inspired by traditional German lagers, our Tampa-style Lager is brewed with German malted barley, Hallertauer hops and an authentic Bavarian lager yeast. We combine these ingredients to create a style that’s quite unique to our hometown of Tampa, Florida but will find admirers wherever a crisp, dry and flavorful lager is called for.
Taste test: I really hate reviewing lagers, to be honest with you. Good ones are so clean, crisp, and deceptively simple, which doesn’t leave me a heck of a lot to talk about. What colour is it? Well, it’s pale, yellow, straw-like, just like the overwhelming majority of lagers out there. Is it refreshing? You’re damn right it is.
Cigar City Brewing’s Tampa-style lager is also relatively thin (not like me, after the big burger I’ve just eaten), well carbonated, and bloody good in Miami’s oppressive summer heat.
The verdict: It ticks all the boxes, but my favourite Cigar City brew remains the Jai Alai IPA, which was next-level good (I realise it’s a bit unfair comparing a lager to an IPA, but just go check that beer out – you will not be sorry).
Beer/movie combination: In honour of Big Pink, the Miami diner where I drank this beer, I’m going to recommend Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.
Take it away Mr Pink…
P.S. Unlike Mr Pink, I definitely DID leave a tip 😉