One of the undoubted success stories in recent craft beer invasions has been Tampa's Cigar City Brewing. Florida as a state generally made pretty mediocre craft beer for a long time, but there's no question that Cigar City is now one of the leaders in a state whose craft beer scene is on the rise.
Right, right, but what's their art like?
Their specialty beer series is called the humidor series, in keeping with the name and theme. They age their beers in cedar (the wood used for keeping cigars). The label for these beers:
a brewery steeped in history. The ornate H continues the old-timey thematics, and we see plenty of elements pointing to an antiquarian image, from the curving frame to the ribbons around the logo.
Let's look at one of their beers (incidentally, one I got to try last night):
But what about a departure? Well, there's the white-oak aged Jai Alai IPA:
Back to good stuff, with the Guava Grove:
Of course, some people also like Russians:
All in all, I'm liking what I see from Cigar City almost as much as I'm liking their beer. They seem well-grounded in the basics of strong design, but willing to play with elements as the mood strikes them.