Sarasota News Leader

01/04/2013

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BEER PIONEERS Cigar City Brewing Tour Guide Bob Lorber animatedly describes the brewing process to tour groups on Saturdays and shares samples of some of the brews before they make it into the tasting room. All photos by Arielle Scherr CIGAR CITY BREWING EXPANDS AS IT GARNERS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR FLORIDA-INSPIRED AND INNOVATIVE CRAFT BREWS By Tyler Whitson Staff Writer Cigar City Brewing in Tampa appears to have Guide Bob Lorber during an early afternoon a serious, though exhilarating, situation on its look at the brewery���s facilities on Dec. 22, for which he had donned a Santa Claus hat and hands. a beaming smile. ���We brew around the clock As if an unsuspecting bartender has pulled the ��� six days a week, 24 hours a day ��� and we lever on a tap that cannot be switched off, still can���t supply Florida.��� the budding business has been overflowing with demand beginning a short time after it CIGAR CITY CONTINUES TO EXPAND was founded by CEO Joey Redner and Head The brewery is so popular locally, in fact, that Brewer Wayne Wambles in March 2009. It has even though it expanded its tasting room to recently been scrambling to expand quickly three times the original size last November, enough to satisfy the desires of its customers extended its hours and added an additional, in Florida and across the United States. larger bar, many patrons still struggle to find ���Most breweries don���t do as well as we did as seating during weekend visits, whether in the fast as we did,��� said Cigar City Brewing Tour evening or early afternoon. Even those who

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