Huna Day 2019-March 9, 2019

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  1. Freshly_Squeezed_Ry

    Freshly_Squeezed_Ry Feb 9, 2017 Florida
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    Is there a mobile app this year?
     
  2. 1ofTheseKnights

    1ofTheseKnights Dec 24, 2017 Florida

    No. Just the site.
     
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  3. Freshly_Squeezed_Ry

    Freshly_Squeezed_Ry Feb 9, 2017 Florida
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    Well that blows...
     
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  4. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Jun 11, 2013 Illinois

    Just use the almighty spreadsheet
     
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  5. timw007

    timw007 Jul 20, 2017 Florida

    Which was just updated with some huge additions:

    3 Floyds Marshmallow Handjee!
    3 Sons Lumberjack!
    The Answer Jinxy Cat
    Weldwerks Juicy Bits
    Some good 450 North Sours, plus an IPA and a stout
     
  6. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Jun 11, 2013 Illinois

    Oh jesus I can finally try handjee
     
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  7. tripelhops

    tripelhops Apr 11, 2011 Missouri
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    I'm ready for the roasting with the non beer question but are the any standouts with the food trucks there?
     
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  8. Pooles26

    Pooles26 Nov 17, 2011 Connecticut

    Only for VIPs, otherwise you’re screwed!
     
  9. FrankenMiller

    FrankenMiller Mar 5, 2014 Florida
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    Not true.... your tickets comes with 4 tapas size portions from the myriad of food trucks that will be there. They also take case and card (at least lat yr). VIP or 12 bottle tickets get food in the vip tent.
     
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  10. Pooles26

    Pooles26 Nov 17, 2011 Connecticut

    I was joking.
     
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  11. NoMoreBeerBelly

    NoMoreBeerBelly Dec 2, 2009 North Carolina

    Nothing stood out after drinking 3+ hours...but I was full and don't think I even used my last ticket.
     
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  12. CityFarmer

    CityFarmer Mar 19, 2015 Illinois
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    The ramen truck last year was really darn good. True story
     
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  13. Sabtos

    Sabtos Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    I was totally fucked up by the time I ate last year. Nothing stood out except for when the pizza truck scorched my mouth with an ultra fresh out of the oven slice.
     
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  14. Beer_Baron87

    Beer_Baron87 Feb 15, 2019 Florida

    You won’t be full but it gets the job done. Only two that I remember were the Philly Cheesesteak and I wanna say an Asian inspired chicken wing. Don’t remember the other two things I got but everything was good
     
  15. asoper

    asoper Mar 7, 2019

    Have been to a few beer festivals, but never any of this size, curious how many beers people expect to be able to try? Or maybe someone actually kept a count from the previous year.

    Also, any idea of a good place to hangout Friday night that won't be crazy (or that will but is worth going to)? Wanted to go to Hidden Springs while I was in Tampa, but looking for suggestions.
     
  16. Joehio

    Joehio Sep 7, 2016 Florida

    You can try literally hundreds of beers if you just don’t stop drinking. I usually hit around 40. That being said in the past the “whales” will kick within the first hour so you’re looking at like 5 whales max if you don’t have friends helping.
     
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  17. The_FishermanJay

    The_FishermanJay May 16, 2010 Florida
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  18. asoper

    asoper Mar 7, 2019

    Anyway to identify the "whales"? I have heard a couple mentioned, but I honestly have no idea. I've gone through the spreadsheet and started marking which beers are my priority, but if I knew which ones people considered whales it would likely change it up a bit. Thanks!
     
  19. LoonarEclipse

    LoonarEclipse Feb 4, 2017 North Carolina

    Don’t go into this seeking beers that others tell you to get. Trust me on this. You’ll have a way better time going for a wider array of things and not wasting time waiting in line all day. Go for the ones YOU want to try and sound appealing to YOU. If one of those that sounds appealing to you just happens to be a whale then by all means go for it. Just because it’s a whale or limited doesn’t mean it’s good and/or worth the price/wait. I promise you some of the under the radar tents will have stuff that surprises you and you’ll be glad you had the extra time to check them out.
     
  20. lionelhutz23

    lionelhutz23 Jul 21, 2014 Florida

    I'm going to tell everyone a secret that not many people know. That stout you want to try from good brewery A likely tastes pretty damn close to that stout with the same variants from really good brewery B.

    Really though if you haven't been whale hunting is dumb. Make a list of 2-3 beers that you definitely want to try and plan on hitting those right away then just walk up and down the line trying different beers.

    I've been to Huna Day for 7 years now. Never once has the beer I had to have been the best beer I had that day. Almost every year it was something I did not have on my want to try list.

    Also, if you're line waiting with friends. Send one buddy to other breweries with no wait and get a pour then bring them back. #Hunahack
     
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  21. Joehio

    Joehio Sep 7, 2016 Florida

    Agree with everyone said about whale hunting. The taste doesn’t always match the hype.

    But what I meant by whales and what you might be asking is “I don’t really follow what hype beers are throughout the year so can you help tell me which beer on my list is going to run out the fastest?”

    My answer to that off the top of my head is Henna from More, BA cupcake from AC (might last a little longer if people got their fill from super rad the day before and the past few years but probably not), the BA stouts from 3 Floyds and probably 3 Sons stouts. I’m sure there are more, but that’s just top of my head.
     
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  22. Lapalou

    Lapalou Dec 21, 2014 Florida
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    The above is probably a good start, plenty of others, although AC will be crowded regardless. The hyped beers will have the longest lines immediately, so it's pretty easy to tell. But on your way to the first line, make sure to grab a pour from something with no line to try. Also, early in the day, if you get something that is mediocre or not great, don't slug it down, just dump it. The beer selection is so good that you don't need to finish the malty NE style IPA pours.

    All the other comments are spot on.
     
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  23. asoper

    asoper Mar 7, 2019

    Appreciate all of the solid suggestions!

    I've always hated to dump beer but with sooo many options, absolutely going to do this if I find something I don't like.
     
  24. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Jun 11, 2013 Illinois

    Look at the untapped rating on the spreadsheet. My first stops will probably be three Floyds for handjee and more for henna double rainbow. 3 sons will have a massive line all day, same with angry chair
     
  25. Freshly_Squeezed_Ry

    Freshly_Squeezed_Ry Feb 9, 2017 Florida
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    The funny thing is, "massive line" means less than 5 minutes in my experience. With the exception of my first pour last year (Assassin) I can't remember waiting longer than 5 minutes or so.
     
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  26. Thirst_trappist

    Thirst_trappist Jan 18, 2016 Florida
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    ....just remember the best beers are the ones you didn't try. Fomo makes it all taste better lol
     
  27. wxmanify

    wxmanify Jun 26, 2017 Colorado
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    Have any beers been timed releases in previous years or is everything always ready to pour from the start?
     
  28. Lapalou

    Lapalou Dec 21, 2014 Florida
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    There have been some in the past. 3 sons used to do this and weldworks 1 year. It has not been great in the past as lines start to build and get confusing.

    Not sure how this will work this year since the news is that Ccb asked breweries to bring double the amount of a couple beers. But there are breweries like Wakefield that bring more types of beer than taps they have and so while it’s not a timed release, they just tap when something kicks, expect that the beers listed may not be available immediately at open.
     
  29. lionelhutz23

    lionelhutz23 Jul 21, 2014 Florida

    Started doing that a couple of years ago. Beer not good? Dump it. Don't burn yourself out drinking a crappy beer.

    Also, good rule to follow is don't go stout overload. After about 15 of them they all taste exactly the same and your palate it ruined by then. Additionally, you're so drunk you won't even remember it anyways.

    Also agree on lines not being that long. Last year the longest I waited was 3 Sons but they were awesome and went down the line pouring for people while they waited.
     
  30. Cam1221

    Cam1221 Apr 28, 2013 Illinois
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    Bummed tickets sold out. In the past anyone see people selling a ticket at the fest? Thinking about testing my luck
     
  31. joon2007

    joon2007 Dec 15, 2017 Florida

    Anybody tell me where’s Toppling Goliat’s booth? Couldnt find it at A28
     
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  32. GameFreac

    GameFreac Apr 8, 2011 Georgia

    We need water
     
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  33. Sphilups

    Sphilups Dec 15, 2016 Florida

    How’s it going? Comparison to previous years?
     
  34. GameFreac

    GameFreac Apr 8, 2011 Georgia

    Finally got water

    Short bathroom lines

    Better than last year
     
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  35. lionelhutz23

    lionelhutz23 Jul 21, 2014 Florida

    Bathroom lines shorter. Hotter than last year. Had just a good of time.

    2019 Huna and huna variants were the worst beers I had today.
     
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  36. TBlightning

    TBlightning Jan 14, 2013 Florida

    Speaking of which, wish they would sell $100 tickets to enjoy the festival without the Huna bottles. Reason I haven’t went past couple years.
     
  37. LoonarEclipse

    LoonarEclipse Feb 4, 2017 North Carolina

    They know what they’re doing haha
     
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  38. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Jun 11, 2013 Illinois

    The Cubano espresso xquics was phenomenal at least
     
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  39. jloomis

    jloomis Jan 6, 2010 Florida
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    I agree that beer was spectacular. Proofs Key Lime Evil Kiss was great as well and it won Best Beer. Well run this year for sure. Also smart idea to sell wide brim straw hats, the sun was in full force today.
     
  40. NoMoreBeerBelly

    NoMoreBeerBelly Dec 2, 2009 North Carolina

    Besides the heat today, the whole weekend was better for us. Smaller crowds everywhere we went. Huna day was great and an improvement over last year
     
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