Friday, March 16, 2012

The 400 mile 4 pack of beer

This past weekend was a testament to how much I love my honey.   I didn’t know what I was getting into when we had this conversation:
“Can we go to Tampa for Hunahpu day?”  - Mr. Honey
“Sure, what is Hunahpu Day?”  -Me
“There is a beer made by Cigar City Brewing called Hunahpu which is only release once a year in limited quantities, hence Hunahpu Day.   There is a limit of 3 bottles a person and if you come I can buy 6” – Mr. Honey
“Okay” -Me
I should have clued in to the madness when the limit was drop from 3 bottles a person to 2 bottles, a week or so before the event.  The brewery opened at 11am, but of course like a much anticipated estate sale you come early.  Mr. Honey wanted to get there by 7am, which put us leaving the house at 3:30am.  We packed the car the night before with our folding camping chairs and a cooler full of local beer (supposedly you also trade beer at these things).  I thought he was a little weird to bring the cooler, but once we got there I saw that lots of people had them.  Since I slept in the car, I was refreshed for a day of waiting...lots of waiting....

Our place in line at 7am

 At 7am there were about 45 people in front of us, which shocked me a little but that’s cool.  We set up our chairs and settled in, Honey starts talking beer (yes beer is another language) with the guys in front of us and they traded some, about 9am someone comes around with arm bands.  One showing you’re 21 and another that allows you to purchase your 2 bottles of Hunahpu which they will start selling at 3:30PM. (That’s right 3:30 in the afternoon.  OUCH).  
My two armbands! 
By this time the line behind us is insanely long, one of the guys next to us walked down to film it and it took him over 5 minutes to get to the end of the line.  It just kept going and going.  I truly had NO idea there was going to be that many people but I was super glad we left early; I heard later they ran out of arm bands roughly half way through the line so some people left Hunahpu-less. 
Behind us!

Thankfully CCB (Cigar City Brewing) had planned well for the crowds.  There was a music stage, food vendor trucks, and LOTS of beer on tap at various stations.  The only downer was that the lines for beer were super long, so some of the special beers were gone before you got up to front.  Since I’m not a big beer drinker, me and Mr. Honey split up to double team the lines.
Here is a list of the beers on tap…although I know there were a few special specials that weren’t on the list….

There is one beer on here by CCB I wish I had tried called "Those Candies your Granny Loves"...what an awesome name for a beer!!!....the name alone makes me think it tastes like Werthers Originals. 

Anyways.....after a long hot day (I have the sunburn to prove it), a 400 mile round trip, and only an eight and a half hour wait with roughly 5000 other people, we walked away with our Eighty dollar 4 pack of beer. 

The End.


  1. What a fun experience you had with your Honey man! That must be some really special kind of beer. I enjoyed your post.

    1. Thanks! Yeah it was fun....some great people watching.

  2. I love a good micro brew but I can't see waiting 8 hours to buy just 2/4 bottles of beer. I sure hope it's tasty and complex.

    1. It is tasty! One of the top 20 beers in the country. An Imperial Stout Aged On Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chilis, Pasilla Chilis and Cinnamon. Yummy.

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    1. Haha I try. It is only fair when he goes to super early sales with me.

  4. Sounds like Dark Lord Day up here. Three Floyds Brewery in Munster, IN (a very short hop from Chicago; they have a beer on your flyer!) has the same sort of deal for it's brewed-once-a-year beer called Dark Lord. It's a fun time, lots of home brewers and super small breweries wandering around with beers to try, trade, etc. Music stages and food vendors as well. But there's never enough portopots! OH and you have to buy your tickets in advance. They only sell a certain number of tickets so that everyone who gets a "golden ticket" gets to purchase 4 or 6 beers (I can't remember). No ticket, no entry - it keeps the crowd down to only a thousand, instead of the 2-4k that have been showing up! It's crazy! But totally fun!

  5. Yes! Mr. Honey was excited to have several of their beers. I stood in one line for them Ha! If only we were closer, he would LOVE to go to that. I like that the numbers are kept in control with the tickets. I have been trying to get my hands on a bottle of their Aged Dark Lord, but damn it is expensive! I just can't spend 250 on a bottle of beer. EEK!


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