Tampa Bay’s premier craft beer nerds paired perfectly with Tampa’s premier craft brewery.
Cigar City is the region’s largest craft brewery, distributing all over the Southeast and soon, nationally. They needed a reliable digital partner to provide both technical and design expertise for their variety of event and brewery projects.
A partnership as satisfying as Cigar City’s beer.
Cigar City caught wind of Big Sea through our side project, The Brewery Bay. They wanted a partner who understood and appreciated the craft beer industry. We love passionate clients with clear visions and strong ambition. This was a perfect fit.
We first took over their existing WordPress website, and gutted their eCommerce platform to make way for a new vendor integration. Next, we worked with the team to build out an easy way for visitors to book and pay for brewery tours — and designed a custom beer archive that powers not only their website but also their taproom digital tap lists.
Then, some housekeeping.
We’ve also helped to integrate or uncouple many of the complex aspects of the existing development, improved their infrastructure and load times, and helped update some of the unnecessarily restrictive elements of the design to make it more flexible for future endeavors.
An app for the biggest beer event in Florida? Challenge accepted.
When it came time for their infamous Hunahpu Day event (one of the world’s most renowned beer festivals at which they release their rare and sought-after Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout), we helped design a website for the event that eventually powered an iOS and an Android app.
Level of difficulty? Hundreds of breweries and beers that change by the minute. We needed one platform to rule them all, and our development team delivered.
Festival attendees can use the app to navigate the festival’s breweries, find out what beers each is serving, create wish lists and mark which beers and breweries they sampled. Every year we add more flexibility and improvements to the app as we get more and more user feedback.
The flexibility and expertise to evolve with a growing business.
In addition to designing and developing the El Catador Club barrel-aged beer club website platform, we continue to work with Cigar City to make improvements and enhancements to their digital products. And we help out with events they sponsor (like Tampa Bay Beer Week). Our relationship is built on a shared love of beer and great people. It doesn’t get much better than this.