Brew Bus makes its final stop

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.

In the land of beaches and theme parks, craft beer is king.

 

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.”

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The gift shop at Cigar City Brewing features Buddy Brew Coffee and locally made, beer flavored hand soaps .

 

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.

These are the taps for the core beers that Cigar City Brewing makes. The two taps in the middle feature figures of Joey Redner Jr. and Wayne Wambles. Redner is the founder of Cigar City and Wambles is the head brewer.
The taps for the core beers that Cigar City Brewing makes. The two taps in the middle feature figures of Joey Redner Jr. and Wayne Wambles. Redner is the founder of Cigar City and Wambles is the head brewer.

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.

Cigar City beers are sold all over the state of Florida now in your local gas stations and grocery stores.
Cigar City beers are sold all over the state of Florida now in your local gas stations and grocery stores.

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.

The gift shop at Cigar City which features local skateboards made by the Skatepark of Tampa.
The gift shop at Cigar City features local skateboards made by the Skatepark of Tampa.

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.

The very first brewery in the state of Florida, the Florida Brewery, located in Ybor City.
The very first brewery in the state of Florida, the Florida Brewery, located in Ybor City.