Green Room releases it’s Secret Spot!
I can’t believe i’m going to miss another beer release this year. I’m one for three since Hunahpu’s Day this past spring. I’ve missed the Intuition Brewing Underdark Release, nearly missed the Green Room Tequila Barrel aged Quetzalcoatl release and completely missed out on the Funky Buddha anniversary bash a week ago. I have only excuses to offer why i’ve been truant from so many local craft beer release events. All of the absences were family related. Blood is thicker than beer. Besides, if I missed little things like my oldest Daughter’s final vocal recital for a beer release, i’d regret it. My Wife might just kill me. No, she’d definitely kill me.
Why is Green Room Secret Spot so great
Secret spot is an amazing beer that is best consumed young. It’s one of the few locally produced Imperial Stouts in the Jacksonville area. There is a limited supply of Secret Spot produced every year, and the more people that learn about how great Green Room brewing beers really are, expect to see less and less of it available on local store shelves. If, like me, you do have to miss this bottle release, I would stalk the local beer bottle retailers on the hopes that this edition does hit the store shelves. The only way to be sure that you can get a hold on a bottle or two of this beer is to come to the release party this weekend in Jacksonville Beach.
News Flash: Man Killed Over Beer by Wife.
There are just a few beers worth dying for. Secret Spot Imperial Stout by Green Room Brewing is perhaps one of them. Their anniversary release is commonly barrel aged. This year, the word on the street is that the barrel aging took place in Wild Turkey whiskey barrels for six months. That should make for quite a tasty boilermaker style Imperial Stout. Clocking in at around 10% abv, this beer would make a nice beer to share with friends and family or slowly sipped with a hearty meal (including chocolate desserts). Along with the bottle release, music and possibly a food truck will be in attendance to get the party started. It’s all happening around 12:00 pm on June 14, 2014. Come and visit one of the best secret craft beer events florida has to offer.
Green Room Brewing Groupon?
Yes, if….. like me, you can’t find the time to get down to Jacksonville Beach during the bottle release, the best times to save a buck and visit Green Room Brewing is when they issue the occasional groupon. Signing up for notifications with groupon or keeping up with Green Room Brewing Twitter feeds are the best way to stay in the loop when the valuable coupons for beer tastings at green room come out.
Sounds Great! How do I get to Green Room Brewing?
Green Room Brewing is located at 228 3rd. street North in Jacksonville Beach. Parking is limited along 3rd street some come early. From anywhere in Jacksonville: Take I-295 to either Atlantic, Beach or JTB. Head east. From Atlantic, head south on A1A until you reach 3rd st. north (brewery on your right). From JTB or Beach, head north on A1A until you pass 3rd street north. Make a left U-turn at the next stoplight and the brewery will be on your right. It’s likely the front (and only) parking lot will be closed for the event for music/catering, so just pull onto 3rd street N. and look for a parking spot along the street.
Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout: The End of an Era?
Cigar City Brewing announced the release of their second batch of Hunahpu Imperial Stout this week. This is the apology batch that Joey Redner decided to brew out of the kindness of his own heart when over 9,000 people invaded Hunahpu’s Day this past March. Through a combination poor ticket verification and the eagerness of over-purchasing hipsters, Cigar City ran out of Hunapu’s Imperial Stout at approximately 4:30 pm on that fateful day in March. This second batch is to give an opportunity to all of those honest ticket holders that didn’t get to purchase their bottle(s) of Hunahpu on the original date.
So how do I get my Hunahpu?
If you still have your silver wristband and are able to visit the tap room, present the wristband for a free bottle of Hunahpu. You also have the opportunity to purchase up to two additional bottles for $20 each. This offer expires June 30, 2014.
If you can’t visit the tap room, email firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2014. CCB will help you in any way within the law to receive 1 bottle of Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout at no cost and the opportunity to purchase up to 2 additional bottles ($20/each).
What if I lost or threw away my Wristband?
The word on the street is that if you don’t have your official Hunahpu’s Day silver wristband, you’re probably screwed. I know that they have turned away people in the tap room for not having them. This is probably for the best to prevent ‘just anybody’ from buying extra bottles of Hunahpu. If you really did lose your wristband, contact the brewery at email@example.com and maybe you can help verify that you purchased legitimate tickets to the event. They might be willing to work with you at that point. Might.
Warning for CCB: Potential for Abuse.
I’m glad that Cigar City have several employees that are social media savvy. The potential for abuse in the over-purchase of this second batch also exists where scammers are attempting to forge the silver wristbands. I hope that Cigar City has a way to verify the original ticket purchase along with the silver wristbands to avoid this issue. I feel sure that they will strive to verify the sales of the second batch goes to legitimate ticket holders that missed out on the first Hunahpu’s Day go around.
What’s the future of Hunahpu?
The scuttlebutt is that Hunahpu’s Day is permanently over. Joey Redner of Cigar City Brewing announced he no longer wishes to deal with the headache and problems that have surrounded the event for the past three years. Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout will now go straight into distribution as a seasonal offering of Cigar City, which has both positive and negative consequences. Yes, there’s less headache for the brewery (and less profit margin) but it also creates headaches for regional fans of the beer. With a middleman, distributors are going to want to take their cut of cases of Hunahpu and I can envision local bottle shops receiving anywhere from one to two cases each maximum. Once the bottle shop employees purchase their cut, very few (if any) bottles will actually hit the shelves for sale. Hunahpu, at approx. 16,000 bottles each release, just won’t go that far to make everyone happy. Worse comes to worse, you can start homebrewing your own amazing beers by following other posts in my blog.