Cigar City Brewing is the fastest growing among American Top 50 craft breweries, boasting the #2 best-selling craft six-pack can in the U.S. in Jai Alai IPA with other year-round and seasonal offerings complementing. National and international awards and accolades have garnered attention for the Tampa Bay, Florida brewery since its first brew day in 2009. Cigar City is now at Peaks and Pints … via a collaboration with its sister brewery, Oskar Blues.
BAMBURANA, Oskar Blues/Cigar City Brewing: This imperial stout, brewed with figs and dates, is double barrel-aged — in both whiskey and brandy barrels — and aged once more in tanks with Amburana wood spirals. Bamburana is the first nationally distributed collaboration between the two breweries — a big, sticky, complex stout with vanilla and gingerbread spice nuances. 12.2%
BLACK HOUSE NITRO, Modern Times Beer: Basically, this is Modern Times’ Black House — the brewery’s year-round oatmeal coffee stout, brewed with Ethiopian Hambela and Sumatran coffee — nitrogenized and packed to the gills with coconut and cocoa nibs. It’s a decadent symphony of chocolate and coffee laced with luscious notes of coconut and a mouthfeel so luxurious it’s like drinking a velvet painting. 5.8%
UNDERRCOVER INVESTIGATION SHUTDOWN ALE, Lagunitas Brewing: The birthname of this beer came from an investigation by the California Alcohol Control Board of the weekly parties that were taking place at the brewery. ACB deemed Lagunitas was running a “Disorderly House,” potentially allowing the state to seize the brewery, but instead, Lagunitas received a 20-day shutdown of operations. This strong ale hits the nose with pine and citrus followed by a refreshing grapefruit finish. 9.7%
WOOD WERKS BARREL SERIES #4 SAISON, Great Divide Brewing: Herte’s how this werks: a base spicy saison receives a bunch of spelt and rye to bump up the spice then swims in Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels for 10 months for a bready, earthy, and, of course, spicy saison with a hint of vinous character and a splash of color from the wine. 9.2%