Redner is pushing his competitors, and it’s working

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Dec 13, 2013, 6:00am EST Updated: Dec 12, 2013, 1:01pm EST

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Cigar City thriving in a collaborative industry

Joey Redner

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Joey Redner

Established owners lending hands to newcomers. Competitors trading tips, sharing experiences and working side by side. What may sound like a strange way to do business in most industries is how the craft beer scene has grown in Tampa Bay.

Leading the way is Joey Redner, owner of Cigar City Brewing. He sees a future for Tampa Bay as a craft beer destination, and he believes that cooperation among brewery owners will make that happen.

Amid bleak economic conditions, he transformed an unassuming warehouse on Spruce Street into a regional destination and a Mecca for beer enthusiasts. As of late …

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