With Hunahpu Day on the horizon I’ve had a few people reach out to me for recommendations on what else to do while in Tampa for the weekend. I’ve teased some of these pictures from our trip to Florida last year in the past but I’ve never actually done a post on the weekend so I figured now is as good of a time as any to share these pictures while giving a few recommendations.
Laird’s Apple Brandy Barrel Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout & Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – Cigar City Brewing
– The Apple Brandy was brought in as an extra from one of the members of Team Buffalo. A once in a lifetime opportunity to try this beer. Possibly the darkest beer I’ve ever seen in my life. Makes other beers that you’ve said look like “motor oil” look like water. Let’s just say it was outstanding, even on a 90+ degree summer day.
Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – Cigar City Brewing
– You guys know how much of a Cigar City fan boy I am, especially of Huna. The shirt perfectly captions how I feel every time I take a sip.
Cigar City Brewing – The Ghost of Hunahpu
From Cigar City’s Facebook page:
Hello there boys and “ghouls!” As you may know, tomorrow is Friday the 13th, a very special day indeed! Cigar City “Boo”ery will celebrate by tapping a very special keg! Right when the clock strikes 13:13 (or 1:13pm as it’s more commonly known), we will start serving The Ghost of Hunahpu! This “witch’s brew” has been aged for several months in Apple Brandy barrels before being moved on top of…..GHOST CHILI PEPPERS! Oh yes this is quite the spicy little treat indeed! Can you handle the “creeping” heat in your throat? We’ll be selling snifters, but we will also sell sample sizes for anyone who is (understandably!) “spooked” by this beer! Can you handle the wrath of the ghost? One keg and it’s gone! Muahahahahahnogrowlershahaha!
I just did this:
UPDATE: this thing sold out in 10 minutes.
The Ghost is gone, kicked in 10 minutes. What a “scary” good time!
— Cigar City Brewing (@CigarCityBeer) July 13, 2012
Summary: BADASS. So lucky to be able to go to this. I didn’t even think I’d be able to go, but we were already in Plant City for the “Strawberry Festival” which was only a half hour away. After a day of LumberJills, racing pigs, carnie food and white trash as far as the eyes could see, the girls took the kids home and my brother and I headed over to Cigar City Brewing.
Even with being able go, I had zero expectations I was going to be able to pick up any bottles. Hunahpu Day lines started at like 10AM, the bottles were given away at 3 and we didn’t get there until around 4:45. And they were out of Hunahpu bands so I had no shot. I didn’t mind. Hunahpu and many other Cigar City and guest beers were flowing through the taps at $5 a pop, plus all of the free homebrew you could drink and a pretty decent band on stage. Pile on absolutely gorgeous weather and it made for a stellar day.
And then there was a ray of hope. Right around 5:30 the 7:30 line formed. The two-bottle limit would be upped to a case limit and I ended up getting a place pretty close to the front of the line. We took turns going to grab more beers and bullshitted with new friends from BeerAdvocate. Even got to try The Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, something I’ve never even heard of prior to that day. Such an unbelievably good beer!
At 7:30, the line started to finally move. They only had 70 cases left, and while I was hopeful at this point, I wouldn’t have been surprised if they sold out by the time I got there. Luckily, I was able to walk away with 4 bottles, twice as many as I had even hoped to have gotten, and all the people in our little group we waited with were able to get theirs, too. People only a little further behind us in line weren’t so fortunate.
Hunahpu Day was the first and only beer release I’ve been to and it was extremely entertaining, but I can see how those who go the entire day, set up camp, eat, bottle trade with friends, etc. enjoy the day even more. If I ever get the chance to go again or something like Kate the Great Day from Portsmouth Brewery I’ll make sure to make the most of it.