Today, Thursday, December 17th, Cigar City Brewing took to the internet to allude to changes in the format of the Tampa brewery’s 11-years-strong beer festival celebrating the release of Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout.
Recently, Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing announced some major changes related to Hunahpu’s Day. The major question from inquiring minds is: “How will this year’s festival be different from past years?”
The graphic was released: “Hunahpu Day is coming March 14th, 2015.” People were excited.
The ticket price was released: “$200 per ticket.” People balked.
The draft list was released: “An insane number of beers previously unheard of in Florida.” People were excited again.
The members of Cigar City’s reserve society, El Catador Club, got first crack at tickets and the tickets were selling.
The public release came last night, and in less than two minutes all 1,232 tickets were sold.
Cigar City Brewing began releasing Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout in 2010 with a small release in the brewery on a Friday night. Since then, the annual release has morphed into an all-day festival celebrating local and national craft beer.
In one year, it seems like Cigar City Brewing has brought Tampa both great news and terrible news. Last year’s one-day release of Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout seemed like it would be a great time full of limited beers culminating in the release of the Tampa brewery’s lauded dark magic stout. Then the worst happened and after a different kind of day than the brewery imagined, Cigar City Brewing owner Joey Redner swore off Hunahpu Day and told Tampa Bay that the festival known as Hunahpu Day was gone, never to return.