Back in January, I reported that Cigar City was in negotiations with South Carolina distributors to begin shipping its product to the Palmetto State as part of a regional expansion throughout the Southeast. Well, it’s the middle of the year, and there’s no Jai Alai or Maduro Brown on South Carolina shelves yet, but the Tampa brewery is definitely on the verge of regional expansion, which is expected to begin by the end of the year.
I visited CCB about a week ago while vacationing in Tampa, and during our tour of the brewery the guide talked about how Lakeland’s Brew Hub is anticipated to be online by the end of summer. (Brewbound also recently reported the facility should be up and running in August.) The 100 BBL facility will be a contract brewer for a handful of breweries – Cigar City included – with the goal of helping those breweries expand their distribution throughout a given region.
Down the line, the Lakeland facility will help CCB expand distribution throughout the Southeast, including South Carolina and other states in the region. While there’s no concrete timeline for that expansion, CCB will slowly work its way throughout the region and is hoping to begin popping up throughout the Southeast by year’s end. There was no word on what exactly will be available or produced at the new facility.
Beyond that, Brew Hub facilities will begin popping up throughout the country in the coming years, bringing brand expansion along with them. Within the next few years, CCB is looking to grow from a Florida-centric brewery to a nationally available one. It’s no secret CCB has wanted to expand outside Florida once they were able to keep up with demand in the state. The Brew Hub will allow them to do that with a longterm goal of becoming a national brand