Cigar City Brewing at South Florida Beer Week: CCB's Phil Palmisano Explains Why Cans Are Better and More
Will you debut any special beers/a special brew during the week?
We will be releasing a number of special one-off beers throughout the week. Fans of the brewery can keep their eyes open for White Oak IPA, Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout, Apple Cinnamon IPA, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale, Peach IPA, Raspberry Wheat, and several others.
Have you found that Cigar City has a strong fanbase in South Florida? How has it grown in the past 12 months?
We are definitely seeing a growth of our fanbase in the state, especially in South Florida. Specifically, the growth this past year has been humbling and amazing all at the same time. As of today, we are keeping all of the beer that we brew in the state of Florida. Our goal is to make sure that our fans in our "backyard" are taken care of with their favorite beers, before we expand out of the state.
South Florida specifically is growing as a craft community. With the help of other local breweries in the area, the popularity of locally produced beer is increasing very fast. After all, fresh beer is the best beer.
Is Cigar City going to exclusively release certain beers -- like Jai Alai -- in cans from now on?
Yes, we made the move to cans and draft for our four core brands (Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Florida Cracker Belgium White Ale, and Hotter Than Helles Lager) several months ago.
We are excited to have cans as it is much better for the beer. Being that we do not pasteurize our products, the can is a superior package to the bottle. Cans don't allow light or oxygen into the package, and these are two of the larger evils of spoiling beer. Our cans are produced in Tampa, through the Ball Company (the same company that works with Oskar Blues), so we keep our package purchases local instead of outside of the state.
Ball is a great company that produces a can that has a thin lining on the inside of the can that will not allow the beer to touch the aluminum, removing the possibility of that "tin taste" that cans have always been rumored to have.
Cans also fit the Florida lifestyle so much better than bottles; you can tailgate with them, take them on the boat, golf courses serve them, and you can go to the beach with them. Being that we are a brewery in Florida, we want you to have as much fun as possible with our product (responsibly of course).