Take Cigar City Brewing's acclaimed Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout, throw in ancho, pasilla and guajillo chili peppers, Madagascar vanilla beans, Peruvian cacao nibs and Ceylon cinnamon, and what do you get?
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout, the Tampa brewery's most prized and sought-after offering.
Hunahpu's — a hefty, bold brew with a double-digit ABV and flavor to spare — is such a big deal to beer lovers that Cigar City has dedicated an entire daylong event to celebrate its release, simply known as Hunahpu's Day.
Why all the fuss? In short, Hunahpu's is really, really good. There's no substitute for trying it yourself, but the consensus in the craft beer community is that Hunahpu's is not to be missed — it holds a 99 rating on Beer Advocate and a 100 rating on Rate Beer, with the latter currently rating it as the 11th best beer in the entire world.
Hunahpu's Day is this Saturday, marking the end of Tampa Bay Beer Week. The event promises much fanfare, as well as a chance to get your hands on a few bottles of this year's batch of the celebration's namesake beer and chat with Cigar City's brewers, who will be taking the day off to mingle with visitors and answer questions about their beers.
In just three years, Hunahpu's Day has evolved from a simple seasonal beer release to a full-on block party, with Cigar City fans lining up to fork over $20 for a bottle of this special brew.
"It's the one big party we throw a year," says Justin Clark, Cigar City's vice president. "It's a great celebration of beer, with fans coming out from all over."
In addition to Hunahpu's release, there will be live music, food trucks and beer samples from local homebrew clubs. Guest taps also will be available in the parking lot, including selections from nearly every Florida craft brewery, as well as big national names like Sam Adams, Ballast Point, Shipyard and Avery. Cigar City also will serve limited-release versions of their normal beers.