TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning announced a new multi-year partnership with Cigar City Brewing today. The new deal makes Cigar City the Official Craft Beer Partner of the Lightning and AMALIE Arena. The partnership also includes the opening of The Cigar City Brewing Taproom off the arena plaza.
"The Lightning are excited to add Cigar City Brewing to our growing list of best-in-brand partners," Chief Executive Officer Steve Griggs said. "We are thrilled to integrate an iconic Tampa brand into the fan experience at AMALIE Arena, and we are looking forward to making The Cigar City Brewing Taproom a signature downtown destination for Tampa residents and visitors, alike."
The Cigar City Brewing Taproom will open during the 2019-20 season underneath the Pam Iorio Parking Garage adjacent to the plaza. The Taproom represents a new food and beverage option for arena guests and will be open on both event and select non-event days. Extending onto the plaza, the Cigar City Brewing Taproom will create an authentic Tampa setting, enhancing the pre and post-event experience for AMALIE Arena visitors. In addition, Cigar City beers Jai Alai, Guayabera, and Florida Cracker will be available for sale throughout AMALIE Arena, as well as on tap at the Cigar City club level bar located at section 211/212.
"Cigar City Brewing is proud to become the Official Craft Beer Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning and AMALIE Arena," Cigar City Brewing Chief Operating Officer Justin Clark said. "We will work together to contribute to the Tampa Bay community and elevate the fan experience at AMALIE Arena. Not only do we look at the Lightning as a pillar of our Tampa community, we know how respected they are around the world. Their contributions to the community reach far beyond sports entertainment and we are excited to contribute to their success."
Additionally, the Hunahpu's Beer Festival, one of the premier craft beer events in the United States, will be moving to AMALIE Arena on March 13th, 2020. The festival will mark the 11th anniversary of the event in Tampa, Florida, and the first at AMALIE Arena. The festival is a one-day celebration of Cigar City Brewing's Hunahpu's Imperial Stout, which is only released once a year. More details on the Hunahpu's Beer Festival event at AMALIE Arena will be announced at a later date.