Just about every cigar lounge is in an area affected by some form of shutdown due to the Covid-19 response. Most shops have resorted to curb-side pickup only. Call ahead to your favorite shop and support them in this time of uncertainty. It’s a challenge doing a podcast that focuses on cigar lounges when they … Continue reading "Episode 124: It’s Just Depressing
– Local Spotlight: Smoking at the Firepits"
It’s all “Corona” this episode; we’re smoking one, drinking one, singing a few, and talking about yet another one. We have the return of a regular personality and Nurse Rick picks out the Hidden Herf. Many current events have been canceled or postponed but cigar retail operation are generally still available, we detail the specifics … Continue reading "Episode 123: The Corona Special
– Local Spotlight: Castro’s Back Room; Concord, NH"
With our special guests, Christian Eiroa and Jim Price of C.L.E Cigars, we come to you direct from Federal Cigar and the Slow Burn Lounge in Dover NH. Christian tells us stories about his company, C.L.E Cigars, as well as his family’s history and a little about their brand; JRE Tobacco. It’s another unique discussion … Continue reading "Episode 122: C.L.E. Cigars with Christian & Jim
– Local Spotlight: Slow Burn lounge; Dover, NH"
Direct from Radloff’s Cigar Shop and On the Rox Lounge in Rochester, NH we have a few of the Radloff Regulars on to talk about cigars, the Nashville tornado, Coronavirus, and more. Family Jules pegs the Hidden Herf. The Cigar world is smaller than you think. We checked in with Nashville Dave early in the … Continue reading "Episode 121: The Nashville Special from Radloff’s
– Local Spotlight: Casa De Montecristo; Nashville, TN"
The stars are finally in alignment and we do an episode with Mike the Cop from Rocky Patel. He’s doing his first event at the Tobacco Shack and Hacks are in the Shack. Gringo Stah nails the Hidden Herf early on. We have a large audience on hand and many participate in the Hidden Herf. … Continue reading "Episode 120: Shack Attack with Mike the Cop
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA"
We bring on a group of newly minted Cigar Hacks for a live lounge recording out of The 7-20-4 Lounge upstairs at Twins Smoke Shop in Londonderry, NH. The Caballero, Gringo Stah, White Chocolate, The Silver Fox, and Uber/Creepy Dave jump right in with a couple of the regulars and the fun begins. The Hidden … Continue reading "Episode 119: New Hack City
– Local Spotlight: Smokers Abbey, East Nashville, TN"
We have recovered from Hackapalooza 2020 and get some well deserved small group therapy. It’s just four on the panel this week and it’s just what we needed to slow things down and get deeper into some topics. We still have a bit of fun with the “mash-up” and a few good jokes along with … Continue reading "Episode 118: Eighty Eight
– Local Spotlight: Rocky Patel Event at Plaistow Cigar; Plaistow NH"
It’s the 2nd annual Hackapalooza (AKA RetroHack Spectacular) weekend. On the last evening after the Superbowl we hit record and recap all the zany things from the past two and a half days. This episode could be titled “The 100 Minute Laugh Track”. After two plus days of non-stop cigars and booze the panel is … Continue reading "Episode 117: Hackapalooza 2020
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack, Radloff’s, Etc."
The Dunbarton Girls, Cindy Saka and Yvonne Ramée, are joined by The Brooklyn Chick for a raucous time. Eric Kilbane, the owner of Castro’s Back Room, drops in to see us and, of course, we suck him right in to the episode. Local Spotlight – Castro’s Back Room; Bedford, NH Conspiracy Corner – Substantial Equivalence … Continue reading "Episode 116: Ladies Night with the Dunbarton Girls
– Local Spotlight: Castro’s Back Room; Bedford, NH"
We make a surprise call to Nashville Dave just before the show and he joins us on the panel for a chat through rural Kentucky. The Hidden Herf is another surprise and is a bit strong for the mild cigar smokers. We talk about cigars, the upcomming annual gatrhering of The Retro-Hacks and a little … Continue reading "Episode 115: Direct from I-24 with Nashville Dave
– Local Spotlight: Hack-a-Palooza Preview"
He’s back… The Hidden Herf is a very well aged cigar. We have a discussion about short-fill cigars made from premium trimmings and the new age restrictions on tobacco purchases. The Current events include the Hack-a-palooza stops. Watch out for the fake Enemaology news. We get back to “What did Cory Booker Say?” Local Spotlight … Continue reading "Episode 114: Crawdad Jim Returns
– Local Spotlight: The Meat Ball"
This episode is direct from the Culebra Club in Epping, NH. The club is a 7X24 members cigar lounge. We are joined in the club by Dave and Jeremy for some great conversation about cigars the venue and other topics. The Hidden Herf is picked out by Jeremy based on the smoking and flavor profile. … Continue reading "Episode 113: The Culebra Club
– Local Spotlight: Federal Cigar; Epping ,NH"
Join us for the grand opening of “Jake’s Place”. Jake is the dog, and the place is an old bunkhouse converted to a backyard smoking lounge and man-cave. Vern, our guest, was a big help with the conversion and renovation of Jake’s Place. The Hidden Herf was pegged on the second guess. The Local Spotlight … Continue reading "Episode 112: I’m Here for the Food
– Local Spotlight: The Smokey Cigar; Hendersonville, TN"
It’s the New Year Special. Jake’s Place is almost ready. In the news section we get into the new national 21 year age requirement to purchase Tobacco. The panel is stumped by the Hidden Herf where we have a split rating. Harvey tells us more stories from the old days. “420” pops up a few … Continue reading "Episode 111: New Year 420 Special
– Local Spotlight: Local Cigar Lounge Christmas Parties"
In lieu of the Local Spotlight segment we present The Hackie Awards where we award the “Oliver” to the winner of each category. See episode 96 for why we are presenting “Olivers” for the Hack-adamy Awards, it’s not too subtle. The Hidden Herf is one that has a split on the rating because of it’s … Continue reading "Episode 110: The Hackie Awards Special Edition"
The Hidden Herf is a real wildcard and the panel is totally stumped. Tobacco Business Awards, Hackapalooza, and a lot of cigar discussions are included. We finally get the Watertown NY story out of Reverend Harvey. Support Cigars for Warriors. Hidden Herf 109
Cigar shop Christmas parties and events start things off. Plowing and other snow related topics are discussed. We do a rundown of the Black Friday activities at a couple of cigar shops. The Hidden Herf should have been and easy one but it requires a huge clue to get a good guess. Support Cigars for … Continue reading "Episode 108: Christmas Parties and Getting Plowed
– Local Spotlight: Twins Smoke Shop; Londonderry, NH"
For the Thanksgiving holiday we record a week ahead to let everyone enjoy the break, but that doesn’t stop us from doing most of the regular segments and the usual antics. The Hidden Herf is guessed right out of the gate and The Reverend Harvey recounts being away in the service during the holidays. Support … Continue reading "Episode 107: It’s Cheaper to Keep’er
– Local Spotlight: Open Lounge Discussion"
Whenever we get together to plan anything Cigar Hacks related it’s called a Board Meeting. We were having a discussion on plans for this year’s Retro-Hack-A-Palooza with Brett from The Retrohale and we decide to segue into an episode. Cigar news and related topics are included. The Hidden Herf may have been an easy one … Continue reading "Episode 106: The Board Meeting
– Local Spotlight: Two Guys Smoke Shop; Salem, NH"
Another year is in the books! A large percentage of the Hacks drop in to Plaistow Cigar Co. for the occasion and we are joined by a cigar lover with the right name – Matthew Tabacco. Yes, it’s the Italian spelling. He is behind Smokin’ Tabacco [FB] [IG] on social media. We each pick a … Continue reading "Episode 105: 2nd Anniversary with Special Guest Matthew Tabacco
– Local Spotlight: Castro’s Back Room; Manchester, NH"