Cigar City Brewing at South Florida Beer Week: CCB's Phil Palmisano Explains Why Cans Are Better and More
Courtesy photo Phil Palmisano of Cigar City knows beer.
Florida's homegrown beer scene has come a long way in recent years, what with Funky Buddha on the verge of opening a shiny new facility in Oakland Park, Holy Mackerel's recent tap room opening, and Due South Brewing blowing the lid off the local scene with less than a year in production.
One of the biggest names in Florida brews is undoubtedly Tampa's Cigar City Brewing, which has drawn interest from craft fans around the country despite how difficult it is to get outside of the state. Cigar City enjoys a strong fanbase in South Florida and will have a big presence during South Florida Beer Week, which kicks off on Saturday.
Clean Plate Charlie caught up with Cigar City's South Florida Representative Phil Palmisano for an email interview in advance of the week-long celebration of craft beer. Palmisano fills us in on where to find the brewery in the coming week, why cans are better than bottles, and what to expect from Cigar City as it closes in on its four-year anniversary.
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- South Florida Beer Week is January 19-26, 2013 (Check out the Initial Schedule of Events)
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Cigar City stacked to the ceiling.
Clean Plate Charlie: What will Cigar City be doing for South Florida Beer Week?
Palmisano: We are very excited for South Florida Beer Week this year, and while the week technically starts on January 19, we are doing two events as warm-up events the week before. This year we decided to pair up with a lot of our friends at other Florida breweries to try to spread the word about the amount of amazing beer that is being brewed in the Sunshine State. (Here's the CCB schedule:)
Thursday (Jan. 17) - Beer vs. Wine at Bash Cafe - This is our kick-off event for South Florida Beer Week. Five unique beers from Cigar City Brewing versus five unique wines paired with five plates of amazing food from Bash Cafe. Last year it was a close call but beer won the battle, and we are looking for the same result this year as well. Sells out quickly, RSVP soon.
Friday (Jan. 18) - Drink Like a Local Tap Takeover with Cigar City Brewing and Due South Brewing Company at The Backyard in Boynton Beach - Come out and enjoy some live music while drinking rare and unique beers from two local breweries.
Sunday (Jan. 20) - Craft Beer Putt Putt Golf at Putt'n Around in Delray Beach - Starting at noon, play 18 holes of golf how it is meant to be played; with a craft beer in hand. Special beers will be on draft from Cigar City Brewing and Due South Brewing. Also, cans of Jai Alai, Maduro, and Florida Cracker will be available. Once you're done with your round of golf, come out to the parking lot to play some tailgating games and relax.
Also on Sunday - Caja China Pig Roast with Cigar City at Sybarite Pig - A full pig will be cooked and available to eat, while selections of limited release beers from Cigar City Brewing are available on draft.
January 21 - The Blind Monk in West Palm Beach will be releasing a very limited keg of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale as well as some very limited Cigar City bombers.
January 22 - Cigar City Brewing Night at Tap 42 in Ft. Lauderdale - Includes a limited tapping of Apple Cinnamon IPA.
January 23 - El Jefe Luchador & Cigar City Brewing Dinner - Five beers versus five delicious courses. Limited seating for this event, and it will go fast.
January 24 - BX Beer Depot presents Cigar City Brewing Treatment Night - Special releases and one-off treatments from Cigar City.
January 25 - Field of Beers - Special release/launch of Invasion Pale Ale.
January 26 - Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival