Florida brewery owned by Oskar Blues will start distributing in Colorado

A Florida-favorite brewery has announced that it will start distributing in Colorado.

Tampa, Fla.-based Cigar City Brewing, owned by Oskar Blues, is now distributing its beer in Colorado.

Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing will partner with several distributors in the state, including RMC Distributors, Coors Distributing Co., High Country Beverage and Mountain Beverage Co.

To celebrate, Cigar City is hosting several market launch events across Colorado May 15-18. Brewmaster Wayne Wambles, as well as the chief operations officer and brand manager, will be in attendance, so craft-brew fans can learn more about the brand.

Cigar City will be distributing 12-ounce cans of several of its beers throughout the state, including Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, Invasion Pale Ale and Tampa-style Lager.

Last year, Cigar City was sold to Longmont-based Oskar Blues Brewery. The reason for the sale was so the Florida brewery could grow. Cigar City, started in 2009, is one of Florida’s biggest craft breweries.

Here is the schedule of launch events:

Monday, May 15, in Denver, 6-8 p.m., Ale House at Amato’s, 2501 16th St.

Tuesday, May 16, in Fort Collins, 6-8 p.m., Mayor of Old Town, 632 S. Mason St.

Wednesday, May 17, in Vail, 5-7 p.m., Vail Ale House, 2161 N. Frontage Road West

Wednesday, May 17, in Colorado Springs, 6-8 p.m., Brass Tap, 13271 Bass Pro Drive  No. 110

Wednesday, May 17,  in Longmont, 6-8 p.m., Parry’s Pizza Longmont, 1232 S Hover Road No. 100

Thursday, May 18, in Northglenn, 5-7 p.m., Parry’s Pizza Northglenn, 100 E. 120th Ave.,

Thursday, May 18 in Highlands Ranch, 5-7 p.m., Parry’s Pizza Highlands Ranch, 9567 S. University Blvd.

Thursday, May 18 in Denver, 8-10 p.m., Star Bar, 2137 Larimer St.