Thursday, May 24, 2018
Bars & Spirits

Beer Week: Wake up! It's time for beer

If anyone was nursing a hangover from Saturday's marathon wait and sampling session at Cigar City's Hunahpu release party, it was difficult to tell. The crowd at Sunday's Hunahpu Hangover Day at 7venth Sun Brewery in Dunedin was jovial and chatty, if not down-right serious about trying a horizontal tasting of four beers made in conjunction with Buddy Brew coffees.

Good luck with that. I couldn't even get to the counter where the coffee beer was being poured. Some burly guys wouldn't budge from their prime spots and I slunk away, nursing my disappointment with a Graffiti Orange Creamsicle Wheat, an American pale ale.

Some nice guy took pity on me and offered a taste of what he had left. I sipped an Ethiopian Sidamo and a Salvador Cerro Los Zanas. Sort of a combination of a hair of the dog and a slap in the face. Interesting, but to me, coffee-beer is definitely a novelty.

The other big draw, and what likely kept people in the line for more than 45 minutes, was the doughnut-inspired porters. Both the Maple Bacon Glazed Donut Porter and the Krispy Kreme Donut Porter were in danger of running dry when we got to the back of the line, but held out for us. Cold from the tap, they had a similar taste but as they warmed, the flavors opened up and it almost seemed like we were eating doughnuts. Almost.

If we were smart, like some others in line, we would have brought our own doughnuts to the party to pair with the beer from the barely 1-year-old brewery. We will know better for next year's Tampa Bay Beer Week.

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