Hunahpu’s Day on my mind

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To the uninitiated, Hunahpu’s Day might sound like some kind of Hawaiian new year’s celebration or Mayan ritual. But to craft beer lovers across the country, it means only one thing: The annual release of one of Cigar City Brewing’s rarest and most delicious beers. In it’s 7th year, the celebration has grown steadily into one of the country’s most highly anticipated beer related events, drawing crowds upwards of 2,000-9,000 people in the past. In fact the insane levels of attendance has been a point of contention in more recent years, with counterfeit tickets and other problems cropping up as the once-small brewery copes with its rapid growth into one of the most recognized Florida breweries in the country. Those factors probably also contributed to this year being the first where the event will take place away from the brewery itself, happening at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in Downtown Tampa. The festivities aren’t limited to Cigar City’s beers either, and include a stellar lineup of guest breweries, with visitors able to sample suds from over 140 of them (over 215 different beers). These include more than a handful of the budding South Florida beer scene’s familiar faces, with Funky Buddha, MIA Brewing, J Wakefield and more representing. As someone who’s been actively pursuing a passion for craft beer the past 6 years or so, it’s definitely a dream come true to finally be able to attend Hunahpu’s this year. Aside from the palate party of a lifetime, it’s also going to be a great time meeting and catching up with like-minded hop-heads from all over the state and country. Here’s some extra info from the Hunahpu’s Day official website: “In Mayan mythology, Hun Hunahpu was the father of the Mayan hero twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. Hun Hunahpu, along with his brother Vucub Hunahpu, was tricked by the Dark Lords of the underworld and slain. Hun Hunahpu’s corpse morphed into a cacao tree, his head becoming a cacao pod, which in typically awesome mythology fashion, spit upon the hand of a young maiden named Xiquic who promptly became pregnant with the hero twins. The twins would ultimately grow up to avenge their father and uncle and defeat the Dark Lords and ascend to the heavens to become the moon and sun. We brew Hunahpu’s® Imperial Stout once a year and only release it on Hunahpu’s Day®. We will continue to do so until the end of the cycle.” Beer Description: ““Pours extremely dark in color with a brown head with notes of big chocolate and espresso, moderate notes of vanilla and cinnamon and a mild tinge of tobacco and chilis. The flavor opens with a big blast of chocolate and moderate espresso with elements of dark toffee and interjecting threads of vanilla with lingering hints of cinnamon and tobacco and chillies notes with a mild scoville heat in the finish.” -Brewmaster Wayne Wambles”

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