Cigar City

Cigar City Brewing

It was Vicente Martinez Ybor, a Spanish immigrant from Cuba, who brought cigar manufacturing to Tampa in the 1880s, and along with it, the Spanish-influenced architecture that still defines the town’s most historic neighborhood:  brick factories, ornate balconies shading the sidewalks, elegant social clubs, and rows of casitas. It became known as Ybor City, and it put Tampa on the map. The Florida Brewing Company, still the tallest building in Ybor City, was built by Vicente Ybor over a natural spring, the perfect place for Florida’s first brewery.  It opened its doors in 1897.   Continue reading