Cigar News

Episode 22: Two Lounges

Recorded at Capital Cigar Lounge (5505 S 16th St Ste 100, Lincoln, NE 68512) I sat down with the owner, Tony Goins, and the owner of Cigarz Lounge (800 Q St #104, Lincoln, NE 68508),  Stacy Williams. We also had Capital’s lead bartender Kelly, and their head humidor coach, Jeff. We discussed how both lounges…

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Episode 21: Isabela Time Traveler 2019 Review

I announce the first Patreon exclusive content from Simply Stogies Podcast called, Tales from the Lounge, is now available for Patreon supporters! To become a Patron of Simply Stogies Podcast please go to https://www.patreon.com/simplystogies and sign up to get instant access to this new bonus content! I welcome simplystogies.com Content Director and Lead Reviewer, Mike Breig, to…

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Crowned Heads Announces Juarez Shots XX

Crowned Heads to Ship Juarez Shots XX in February Today, Crowned Heads announced a new limited extension to the Juarez brand: the Juarez Shots XX. The “XX” is a nod to 2020. The Juarez Shots XX will be a petite robusto (4″ x 50″) vitola.  They will come in cabinet boxes of 50, with only…

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LFD Going to PCA Trade Show 2020

LFD Announces Their Participation in PCA 2020 As I stated yesterday, we are going to see more of these. Ever since the news hit that Altadis, Davidoff, Drew Estate, and General Cigar Co. were not going to the PCA trade show this year, the cigar industry has been a bit on pins and needles. It…

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Episode 20: PCA Trade Show 2020 News

With the news that Drew Estate, Altadis, General Cigar Co., and Davidoff will not be exhibiting at the PCA Trade Show this year, I give an outsider’s view of what appears to be going on. I discuss the lack of a shared vision between the PCA and the manufacturers, the PCA’s perceived lack of direction,…

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Episode 17: AMA/Virtual Cut&Light with Jon Huber of Crowned Heads Cigars

Jon Huber from Crowned Heads cigars joins James and some of the members from simplystogies.club for an AMA. Jon discusses his cigar journey, how he got started in the business, and where he sees the future of the business. Jon also talks about what inspires him and finding the reason for cigars to exist. We…

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Tobacco 21

THE WAR ON TOBACCO Everyone needs something to do; a purpose.  We find our self-worth and identity, to one degree or another, from our occupations and contributions to our employers, families, and communities.  Plumbers need clogs to clear and lines to lay, computer folks need systems to build and software to code, and lawmakers need…

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Update on CigarCon

CIGARCON by James Giehm A few weeks ago, Troy wrote an article about CigarCon 2020. For those who may not know, CigarCon was the planned consumer day at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA, formerly IPCPR) annual trade show. A few days ago, we learned that the PCA has now cancelled the planned consumer day (CigarCon)…

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CigarCon

CIGARCON by Troy Kelso As the IPCPR has made clear through its name change to PCA, the tobacco retailer and tobacco retail business is no longer it’s only, or even primary, focus.  The retailers led organization has decided to expand the scope of their presence to include industry regulation and legislative issues as well as…

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IPCPR Changes Their Name

WHAT’S IN A NAME? By Troy Kelso The IPCPR has made several announcements recently that have been the talk of the industry.  The first was their name change from “International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers” (IPCPR) to “Premium Cigar Association” (PCA).  The second announcement was the introduction of consumer day, or “CigarCon”, at the 2020…

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