|Filled with this year's Hunahpu's Imperial Stout, of course.|
UPDATE: It appears that this will be the last Hunahpu's Day. Cigar City's founder Joey Redner told the Full Pint, "I am acknowledging defeat. That was the last Hunahpu Day. The beer will go into distribution next year and hopefully spread out among many accounts; it will get to consumers more fairly."
This past weekend saw the annual March tradition of Hunahpu's Day, a beer festival to celebrate the release of Cigar City Brewing's Hunahpu's Imperial Stout, that perfectly scoring imperial stout aged on cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, ancho and pasilla chilis, with cinnamon. For this day, thousands upon thousands of people descended on Cigar City in Tampa, spending the day in the sunshine with some of the beer world's most sought-after brews.
It was the perfect day for an outdoor beer festival: no clouds, a high temperature of 67 degrees, and a slight breeze that graced Tampa for the entire day. For beer geeks, Hunahpu's Day is like a pilgrimage to Mecca. It is one of the South's biggest collections of rare and small-batch, barrel-aged and soured, whales and seasonals. (Yes, think Moby Dick and the fanatic search by Ahab.)
This year's festival was a bit different, however, and, as was just announced, will be its last.
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