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Beer Week: Hunahpu's and a bonus

Although there were many worthy events in the lineup for Saturday, I, and several thousand other people, went to Hunahpu's Day at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa. This event is seen as the culmination of a week's worth of Tampa Bay Beer Week events, and it feels like it.

The event is held each year as a release party for the brewery's Hunahpu's Imperial Stout, a treatment of its Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout aged with vanilla, cacao and chili peppers. It's produced only once a year and is only available at the brewery. This year the line to get a wristband allowing guests to purchase up to 3 bottles of Hunahpu's started about 3 a,m, but I showed up at 10:30 a.m. and had no trouble getting a wristband.

For the event, the entire CCB parking lot was closed off, making room for food trucks, several beer trucks, a stage for live music set up in the brewhouse loading dock and a homebrew sample area. It had the feel of a big outdoor music festival.

In addition to the Hunahpu's release, it was a chance to try many great beers that are typically not available in our area, from Florida breweries — and in the case of J Wakefield, homebrewers — like Proof and Funky Buddha, as well as special releases from out of state breweries like Green Flash and 3 Floyds.

The beers were great, and we had ample opportunities to sample this year's Hunahpu's release, which I personally feel is excellent. As a bonus as we were leaving, a surprise keg of Marshal Zhukov's aged with Johnnie Walker Blue Label-soaked oak chips was announced and we were able to get a pour. Wow. That's all I'm going to add about that one.

Beer Week: Hunahpu's and a bonus 03/10/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 10, 2013 4:55pm]
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