Hoptober 2020 Day 2: Cigar City Jai Low & Cigar City The Benwood


It’s Twofer Tuesday! On our second episode of Hoptober, DJ Jayson and Rhizome Productions’ Matt Leff taste and talk about two brand new beers from Cigar City Brewing down in Tampa, Florida. Cigar City’s Jai Low Beer and The Benwood are two remarkably different but equally delicious beers. Let’s give em’ a taste!

Jai Low‘s name is based off Cigar City’s well-known Jai Alai Beer, which is a 7.5% ABV tangy IPA. Jai Low on the other hand clocks in at around 4% ABV. It’s not quite as hoppy and bitter as the Jai Alai, yet it’s equally flavorful and delicious. The beer has a citrusy orange zest flavor with notes of lime. For having a lower alcohol content, this IPA has still got great body to it. It’s the perfect beer for sitting, relaxing, and downing a few cans. You can find the Jai Low at Kroger, Publix, and most local grocery stores.

The complete opposite of Jai Low, The Benwood is an 8% ABV Hazy Double IPA. Named after a shipwreck off the coast of Florida, The Benwood is super hoppy with some really complex flavors. It’s also got those similar tropical notes – tangerine, honeydew, and pineapple – that are a benchmark of most beers from Cigar City. This IPA is a bit more limited so be sure to look out for it at your local beer store.

This Hoptober, we have a special prize package for you! The pack includes a Cigar City cornhole set, a Hi-Wire can cooler, and many other goodies from some of the other Hoptober breweries. As long as you are 21 or older, you can sign up here for a chance to win!

Whether you’re in the mood for a lighter yet flavorful beer that you can drink by the pack, or a more complex and hazy IPA, Cigar City Breweries has any beer you could need! Be sure to look out for Jai Low and The Benwood around Nashville. Looking for more suggestions? Tune in to Lightning 100 at 100.1FM tomorrow at 6:30am (or for the replay at 6:30pm) for Wednesday’s episode of Hoptober!