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Sarasota News Leader January 4, 2013 Page 65 want to purchase bottles or fill up takeaway containers called ���growlers��� often have to wait in line to get their brews and drink them at home. that allows the brewery to package beer more quickly and efficiently than with its original bottling line, a difference between 62 cans per minute and 24 bottles per minute. The brewery began selling and distributing its canned Expanding the tasting room, however, is only beers in November last year. At present, only one step Cigar City is taking to satisfy its custhe best-selling Cigar City beers are available tomers. To increase its overall production ��� in cans. in addition to Florida, its beers are distributed to Alabama, Philadelphia and New York City ���Cans are awesome in Florida, specifically, ��� the brewery in May 2012 purchased and because you can take them to the boat, the developed a new, additional brew house on beach, the pool, the golf course, tailgating, its original property with twice the capacity work, whatever you feel like,��� Lorber said jokof the first one. ingly. ���We love cans,��� he continued. ���There���s Lorber estimated that, once the production no white stripe; there���s no oxidation; there���s numbers are in for 2012, they would be at least no seepage. They���re easy to pack in, pack out double, possibly triple those of 2011, when the ��� or shotgun,��� he added, evoking some hearty laughter from the tour group. total was about 8,000 barrels. Another important part of Cigar City���s expan- The most obvious choice for canning is the Jai sion is its recent purchase of a canning line Alai India Pale Ale (IPA) because it makes up Dario Diaz (right) tells The Sarasota News Leader he admires Cigar City Brewing CEO and Founder Joey Redner���s decision not to include television programming in the tasting room, so it does not distract from the experiences of patrons bonding over beers.

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