Hunahpu Day 2016

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  1. newbrews

    newbrews Aspirant (238) Jul 24, 2010 Florida
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    Posted on FB :

    The 7th Annual Hunahpu's Day® is Saturday, March 12, 2016.

    For the first time in its storied history, Hunahpu's Day® will be held offsite away from our brewery, at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in beautiful Downtown Tampa, Florida. A huge thanks to the City of Tampa and the Tampa Downtown Partnership for working with us on this!

    Many more details to follow. Stay tuned!
     
  2. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Initiate (185) Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    My favorite festival in existence! Putting it on the calendar...
     
  3. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Champion (860) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia
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    Dammit this seems like it would be a perfect time to visit @MHorridge, but with my first child due in January I doubt this would be a good idea lol.
     
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  4. FSUlaw-and-brew

    FSUlaw-and-brew Initiate (134) Jul 20, 2015 Florida
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    i wonder how many people this will allow, funky buddha is doing 4,000... which seems like an enormous amount of people.
     
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  5. Lapalou

    Lapalou Disciple (338) Dec 21, 2014 Florida
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    It could hold a bunch, big area, not sure how they will close this off but a great spot along the river. I think there have been other beer fests here before. I assume the venue will add to the cost, but it will be worth it
     
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  6. FSUlaw-and-brew

    FSUlaw-and-brew Initiate (134) Jul 20, 2015 Florida
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    Well, $350 for a fest & four bottles... NBD
     
  7. mjk91383

    mjk91383 Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2014 South Carolina

    already booked my hotel room!
     
  8. bparker551

    bparker551 Aspirant (245) Jan 6, 2015 North Carolina
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    Damn hotels are expensive. Any locals know the best places to stay for this location?
     
  9. MagicAmy

    MagicAmy Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2015 Florida

    OH!!! This was the festival I went to last year! It was a lot of fun even though it was crowded. Glad to see they are doing in (what I assume is) a bigger venue.

    Tickets were pretty steep last year, good thing my husband will be paying for this!
     
  10. TrapJaw77

    TrapJaw77 Initiate (117) Apr 17, 2015 Illinois

    me too!
     
  11. The_FishermanJay

    The_FishermanJay Aspirant (239) May 16, 2010 Florida
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    C'mon down, brother! She'll understand. This event is MONTHS after the baby is born.

    Kidding. Your thinking is right on target.
     
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  12. antilite

    antilite Initiate (91) Jan 1, 2012 Florida

    Fri, Mar 11, Flyers at Lightning, 7:30. Walk to everything from the Marriott. $$$$$$. Just checked their site. $299 per night, 2 ppl.
     
  13. The_FishermanJay

    The_FishermanJay Aspirant (239) May 16, 2010 Florida
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    If cost isn't an object, the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel is RIGHT there and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown is a block away. The Westin Tampa Harbour Island is a stone's throw and the Hilton Tampa Downtown, Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk and Aloft Tampa Downtown are a short walk. Still downtown -- longer walks or maybe hotel-shuttle rides -- are Le Meridien, Courtyard Tampa Downtown, Residence Inn Tampa Downtown and The Barrymore Hotel.

    The park is on the south side of Amalie Arena (where the Tampa Bay Lightning play) between the Marriott Waterside and the Tampa Bay History Center. The Florida Craft Brewers Guild Fest has been there; it's a terrific location.

    If the hotels I've listed are too expensive and/or booked, just find something you like out near the Westshore Business District and hop an Uber into downtown. There may be less-expensive options in the Busch Gardens/USF area of north Tampa, though it can be sketchy up that way. (There's a Hilton within walking distance of CCB and a new hotel -- can't remember its name; don't know its opening date -- going up right next to it.)
     
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  14. DevzFan15

    DevzFan15 Initiate (40) Apr 27, 2010 Georgia

    Anyone interested in carpooling from around the Atlanta area?
     
  15. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,774) May 7, 2015 Florida
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    Already booked my Designated Driver!!
     
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  16. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,167) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    My least favorite festival in existence. Putting it on my calendar so I can be sure to avoid.
     
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  17. jstout26

    jstout26 Initiate (173) May 30, 2013 North Carolina
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    Why would you even put it on your calendar then? Is there a chance you'll just happen into downtown Tampa to the riverfront park from South Carolina on that day? Odd.
     
  18. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,774) May 7, 2015 Florida
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    Wow, I would love to see what else you have on your calendar.
     
  19. Dizzydsmith

    Dizzydsmith Initiate (174) Jan 17, 2014 Georgia
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    I have a feeling this year will be much bigger with the change in venue. I hope that isn't the case, as the festival was much improved last year with less tickets and a higher cost. I hope it trends more toward last year than other previous years. I've been the past 2 years, but will probably pass if there are a ton of tickets.
     
  20. Mississipping

    Mississipping Devotee (448) Mar 16, 2010 North Carolina

    Oddly enough, this happened to me in 2009 for the first Hunahpu release. I was visiting my grandmother at her retirement home in Largo and happened into Cigar City on the day of the very first release. The guy at the counter told me I should buy this bottle of beer that was supposed to be one of the best beers in the world. I asked how much it was and was told $20. Not knowing much about the craft beer industry at that point, my internal response was f**k you. I kindly left without a bottle.

    That evening, we played bingo at the retirement home and I told my wife if I won $20 we were going back for a bottle. I ended up winning over $40 (the other residents were not fond of me after this), so we went back the next day and picked up two bottles. No crowds, no lines, no limits, but I didn't realize what I had. I opened the first bottle and thoroughly enjoyed; the second kicked off what has become a 6-year trading frenzy.

    All of this to say, I suppose wandering in could happen. I had an unexpectedly fun time in 2009, but would never attend an event of the magnitude it's arisen to to get a bottle of Hunahpu.
     
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  21. PurdueBrewCrew

    PurdueBrewCrew Initiate (73) May 28, 2015 North Carolina

    Is this based on years prior to the 2015 edition? Because if so I'd caution you (and anyone else) against judging what Hunahpu Day now is or could be based on what happened in previous years.

    Did you attend Brewvival this past year? I went to both, and everything at Hunahpu Day was better other than the amount of time it took to get in, if that provides any context.
     
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  22. Crim122

    Crim122 Aspirant (238) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    So I've never attended one of these, and my girlfriends family lives in Tampa so I have a place to stay. There are a lot of mixed reviews. Overall is it worth a fast weekend trip driving from Raleigh,NC?
     
  23. TrapJaw77

    TrapJaw77 Initiate (117) Apr 17, 2015 Illinois

    Score! Looks like I'll be at the Lightning game the night before; thanks for the heads up. Staying at Embassy, essentially same price.
     
  24. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,774) May 7, 2015 Florida
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    Knock 2 birds out with one stone, let her visit her family and you go to the festival.
     
  25. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Disciple (357) Apr 2, 2011 Maine
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    Agreed. Huna 2015 was by far the best year since it was a tiny thing no one had heard of. I'm happy to have people stay home and leave more beer for me, but I expect this to be great.
     
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  26. Crim122

    Crim122 Aspirant (238) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    Do they have a DD ticket option?
     
  27. The_FishermanJay

    The_FishermanJay Aspirant (239) May 16, 2010 Florida
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    I think that, since they're moving it to an entirely new venue, it'll be very hard compare the 2016 version to those of previous years EXCEPT for the fact I truly believe CCB tries its very best to put on a first-rate event. One thing that hasn't been discussed yet is whether bottles will be distributed at an off-site location. My bet -- which is worth nothing, to be sure -- is that they won't be.

    Hunahpu's Day has been a lot of fun. I'd say that it's a great weekend to come down -- especially since you have a place to stay -- since it's the tail end of Tampa Bay Beer Week and you can't throw a rock around here without hitting a worthwhile event. Look forward to seeing you!

    PS -- As far as DD tickets: No idea. They didn't do DD tix (at least as far as I recall) when the event was on-site; perhaps the new arrangement (particularly if bottle sales are divorced from the festival itself) will be more amenable to that idea.
     
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  28. Lapalou

    Lapalou Disciple (338) Dec 21, 2014 Florida
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    100% agree with the above, and even the year before which was deemed a big failure in many peoples eyes CCB provided a refund and still plenty of beer. I've been to the last 4, and the crowd and demand was getting out of hand each year and CCB just didn't figure it out until it was too late for the 2014 edition. But this past one was awesome. The cost of the ticket, eliminated a lot of the complainers and people who just wanted to "be seen". And that left a bunch of awesome people and the best beer selection at a festival I've seen. It was still crowded, and a couple of lines to wait in briefly, but you also 2 minute waits to get phenomenal beers. I hope that they don't make it too big this year and keep the all inclusive price and try to land the same quality beer. I wouldn't shy away based on previous reviews.
     
  29. colt3ninja

    colt3ninja Initiate (145) Sep 27, 2014 Florida
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    I'll be happy as long as the lines look like actual lines and not clusters of people. Some of the flows of the lines this past year looked like Disney had a role in creating them. Other than that, it was fantastic. So glad it's going to be in a much more open space.
     
  30. MagicAmy

    MagicAmy Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2015 Florida

    I hope they don't have a smelly tent in the back again this time. My husband dragged me to the back for all the bottles that people brought. It was cool tasting them, though I'm still not sure why people would bring beer to a beer festival, but it smelled awful in there!
     
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  31. antilite

    antilite Initiate (91) Jan 1, 2012 Florida

    I apologize for that. I suspect it was the Hunahpu cookie.
     
  32. JohnnyK

    JohnnyK Disciple (305) May 24, 2006 North Carolina

    Would you say that Hunahpu day was vastly superior to Brewvival? I've always had an excellent time at Brewvival and feel it is one of the better fests I attend. It's a 5 hour drive for me and I don't think twice about it.
     
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  33. PurdueBrewCrew

    PurdueBrewCrew Initiate (73) May 28, 2015 North Carolina

    It was way better. The only real lines at Huna Day were for the total whalish stout ticks, so if you didn't care about that you could drink to your heart's content. And the selection and overall quality of the beer was far superior. The no-lines booths at Brewvival were for the mediocre SC breweries like River Rat and shelf junk like Coronado. At Huna Day you could drink stuff like Boneyard Notorious, Kane ANTEAD, stuff from Lost Abbey, all the non-barrel-aged CCB, etc. with zero wait.
     
  34. TBBAGBIF

    TBBAGBIF Initiate (22) Jun 18, 2015 Georgia

    Most of the barrel aged CCB stuff had little to no wait as well.
     
  35. PurdueBrewCrew

    PurdueBrewCrew Initiate (73) May 28, 2015 North Carolina

    Yeah I imagine so, I just didn't venture into that area until way later in the day. There were still a few things on. Heck, even the 3 Sons wait never took me longer than about 15 minutes, and Wakefield never more than 5. At Brewvival it was like a 30 minute, 300 person line for 2oz pours of CBS.
     
  36. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Disciple (357) Apr 2, 2011 Maine
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    Yeah, when the worst lines all day are for Toppling Goliath, 3 Sons, and CCB for DB Huna and other assorted barrel aged rarities, and those lines are like 15 minutes, that's a pretty great festival in my book.
     
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  37. elvisdoc

    elvisdoc Aspirant (274) Jul 16, 2010 Florida
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    Agreed. Hope they don't ruin it by making it bigger. THAT would suck. They should be a little paranoid after their past history........unless they want to see more of the famous "Cigar City Sucks!" video.
     
  38. McAndrew

    McAndrew Disciple (386) Jun 12, 2013 North Carolina
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    Any idea on the cost for 2016?
     
  39. The_FishermanJay

    The_FishermanJay Aspirant (239) May 16, 2010 Florida
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    Nope. They truly haven't released any information other than the date and location.
     
  40. JohnnyK

    JohnnyK Disciple (305) May 24, 2006 North Carolina

    You've sold me @PurdueBrewCrew. Thanks for the input!
     
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