Look, part of me is really annoyed by all the hype that Tampa’s brewing scene gets. Yes, it is well deserved, I completely I get that, but I am not going to discount some of the awesome beers that are elsewhere in the state.
There’s other aspects of Tampa however is that I absolutely adore. Right up there, behind my beloved Lightning, is the Riverwalk. It’s a 2.6-mile long stretch of walking pathway along the Hillsborough River, stretching from Armature Works down to the Tampa Bay History Center.
It was a foregone conclusion that I was going to be reviewing this beer.
Back at the beginnings of this humble blog, Cigar City comprised quite a few of my articles. It was a little difficult to get a ton of other Florida craft beers by me, and my brewery visits were (as they still are) a bit on the irregular side.
There was a time when they weren’t necessarily ubiquitous, but you could still find them with relative ease. Much like the brown ale, the Black IPA seems to have disappeared from favor.
I’m not totally sure why. It’s a wonderful style, combining the hoppiness that everybody seems to love with a beautiful dark quality for the porter/stout drinkers. Beer drinkers seem to enjoy most other kinds of beers, why not this?