Echoing the Tampa spirit in liquid form, Cigar City develops innovative recipes that include guava and hops with notes of tropical fruit. The Tony Jannus Pale Ale – named after Tony Jannus, the pilot who flew the first commercial airline flight in Tampa on January 1, 1914, is only served in the airport and cannot be found anywhere else, barring the actual brewery. This one of a kind beer is a refreshing, medium-bodied ale that greets the traveler with generous hops, and leaves invigorating hints of cedar. With a dazzling copper gleam, the Jai Alai IPA opens with forward citrus notes followed by touches of caramel, and hops on the finish. Those craving richness will lap up the Maduro Brown Ale and its unfurling layers of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and espresso.
Cigar City weds these rich, frothy brews with a distinctive menu featuring Tampa-style Cuban food. Beer aficionados will discover charcuterie and cheese boards, creative salads like the Cuban Chicken Cobb, and hearty sandwiches such as the El Pavo de Aguacate-Turkey Avocado with sliced turkey, avocado and greens on multigrain bread.
HMSHost and Cigar City Brewing launched the trend of bringing craft brewing restaurant concepts into airports in 2013. As one of the only locations in a North American airport that brews beer on site, Cigar City Brewing’s 3-barrel system produces a special brew available on draught every month – and only at the airport. The showcased brewing room is surrounded by glass windows at the front of the restaurant so travelers can watch the beer making process as it happens.