Cigar City swings into the Minnesota beer market this May

Cigar City Brewing Company’s can lineup // Photo courtesy Cigar City Brewing Company

A taste of Florida sunshine is making its way to Minnesota, as Cigar City Brewing launches its beers in market this May.

Northeast Minneapolis’ J.J Taylor Distributing Company will handle Cigar City’s distribution into Minnesota, the 18th state in the craft brewery’s distribution footprint. “Our recent launch in Chicago has experienced a lot of success so we decided to continue our northern growth with the help of J.J. Taylor,” says Cigar City’s Creative Manager, Tiffany Cox.

“J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota, Inc. is looking forward to partnering with Cigar City Brewing Company to give Minnesotans a taste of Florida all year round,” says J. J Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota’s brand manager, Chad Neumann. “Behind all of Cigar City Brewing’s beers is a philosophy of supplying first rate ingredients to first rate people and giving them the freedom to pursue their passion for great beer.”

Founded by Tampa native Joey Redner, Cigar City was first launched in March 2009 with a goal of creating quality beer that reflected the flavors and history of Tampa’s Latin culture and tobacco-manufacturing history. With that mindset, robust and constant growth followed, expanding from 1,000 barrels of beer in 2009 to 65,000 barrels produced in 2016 and placing Tampa on the craft beer map. Cigar City has taken home Great American Beer Festival gold in 2009, 2011, and 2013 with their Humidor Series IPA, Minaret ESB, and Poblano Wit, respectively.

In 2016, Colorado-based Oskar Blues acquired Cigar City, leading to CANarchy, a brewing collectiveand the largest canned craft beer supplier in the countryof Oskar Blues, Perrin Brewing, Squatters Craft Beers, Wasatch Brewery, and Cigar City.

With its Minnesota launch, kegs and 12-ounce cans of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Invasion Tropical Pale Ale, and Guayabera Citra Pale Ale will make their way to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. And to celebrate the rollout of beers, Cigar City reps will be traveling from the brewery’s home turf of Tampa to celebrate the arrival with an array of events throughout the state, which Cox said are still being finalized.

“The Cigar City Brewing team is beyond excited to bring our tropically-inspired ales and lagers to beer lovers in the Land of [10,000] Lakes” says Neil Callaghan, Cigar City’s El Lector. “J.J. Taylor has been delivering world-class beer to Minnesotans for decades and their expertise and resources will allow Cigar City Brewing to thrive in our northernmost market.

Stay tuned for more specific details about launch events and tastings in the coming weeks.