But you can’t have any for nine months. And even then, you have to go to the source, and you can only buy (at most) three bottles, and you’ll be forking over $20 for each of those (750ml) bottles. “What,” I’m sure you’re asking, “is this wonder elixir that would command such commitment and dedication?”
It’s Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing. This Imperial Stout – aged with Cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, Ancho chillis, and cinnamon – is one of the most celebrated beers in the country, and it is only available one day a year.
Cigar City Brewing releases this incredible beer on Hunahpu’s Day, a day in the second week of March that celebrates the ancient Mayan hero Hunahpu. The history of Hunahpu is very interesting (Hun Hunahpu was the father of the Mayan hero twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. Hun Hunahpu, along with his brother Vucub Hunahpu, was tricked by the Dark Lords of the underworld and slain. Hun Hunahpu’s corpse turned into a cacao tree, his head becoming a cacao pod. As so often happens in myth, the transformed Hun Hunahpu spit on the hand of Xiquic, a young maiden who was thereby impregnated with Huhanpu and Xbalanque. The twins grew up to be great heroes, eventually exacting revenge on the Dark Lords, and ascending to the heavens to become the sun and moon), but the beer is truly incredible.
Rated a 100 by Ratebeer.com (and #10 on their Best Beers List), Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout is one of the most highly regarded brews in the country. Cigar City Brewing has developed an entire day of festivities surrounding the release of the beer, naturally called Hunahpu’s Day, where thousands of patrons line up for blocks around their Tampa brewery for a chance to buy a bottle. Hunahpu’s Day also features music, beer tastings, food, and other special events, making it a full day of celebration for the entire family.
So, start planning now – the next Hunahpu’s Day is only nine months away!
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