TAMPA, FL-The Brew Bus made a metaphorical bus stop Saturday. Since 2011, the Brew Bus has allowed its patrons to ride around the Tampa Bay area drinking beer and touring breweries.
But with the grand opening of Brew Bus Terminal and Brewery, there is now a brick and mortar location for customers to go.
“It’s nice to have a brew bus spot for when I don’t want to be on the bus,” one patron said.
Company President Anthony Derby is proud of the history and quick rise of Brew Bus Brewing. It originally started out as an actual bus, but now also includes the new aspect of a concrete location.
“We heard of all the other local breweries in the area starting up, so my mom actually had the idea of buying a bus and traveling from brewery to brewery,” Derby said. “It’s not the bus rolling down the street or it’s mobile, it’s an actual tangible thing.”
The grand opening included live music, raffles and access to over 20 craft brews. Brew bus also has other beers that rotate in and out, as well as cider and wine.
“They have some great beers, they’re rotating their taps regularly,” another customer said. “I popped in a couple times during their soft openings as well and enjoyed it.”
The Brew Bus will maintain its mobile presence, with four buses in the Tampa Bay area.
Thanks to Cigar City Brewing owner, Joey Redner Jr., Tampa Bay has become a haven for beer lovers, geeks and connoisseurs alike.
Cigar City Brewing has taken over the craft beer scene in Florida, in a land where Budweiser has reigned supreme for decades. Their dedication to Tampa Bay history, and their collaborative work with other local businesses has set them apart from their competition.
“We like to work with other local businesses in the area and support the community as much as possible,” Neil Callaghan, Tasting Room Manager at Cigar City Brewing, said. “We work with companies like Buddy Brew, a local coffee beanery and roasting house, who roasts a coffee bean just for us to use in our beers.”
The coffee from Buddy Brew is used in an award-winning beer called the Cubano Espresso Brown Ale as well as a few others. Cigar City also work with other local vendors, including a local soap making company, that makes beer flavored soap for the brewery gift shop.
Cigar City also is involved with numerous charities in the Tampa Bay Area. Their most recent charity event had some of the employees do something special for a great cause.
“Last week every employee had a huge beard but we all shaved them off for a charity event,” Callaghan said. “It was to raise money and awareness for the pediatric cancer foundation. It was a great event that Cigar City was proud to be a part of.
The 6th annual Veredus|HAYS Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge got these brewers and bartenders to shave off their precious beards, which for many have become a rite of passage in the industry.
Cigar City has become a leader in the community and a great business that leads by example. Their beer is pretty darn good too. They recently got voted the fourth best brewery in the entire world.