Cigar Podcast

Episode 23: Habano Cigar Lounge Davenport, Iowa

I get to sit down with Freddy Allan, owner of the brand new Habano Cigar Lounge in Davenport, Iowa. We talk about what it takes to open a cigar lounge, the hurdles that have to be overcome, and his vision for Habano Cigar Lounge. Freddy also owns four other cigar shops in Chicago and the…

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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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Cavalier Genève Announces They Will Attend PCA 2020

Cavalier Genève Will Be at PCA 202 This afternoon, Cavalier Genève announced that they will be at the PCA 2020 Trade Show. In addition, they will also be attending the TPE (Tobacco Plus Expo) next week. Sebastien Decoppet, founder of Cavalier Genève cigars, said, “It will be out first time attending TPE this year. We…

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Nebraska Cigar Festival

The Nebraska Cigar Festival Just a few short miles west of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska sits a historic area landmark, the Pla Mor Ballroom. For the past 13 years, cigar enthusiasts brave the cold weather and mediocre road conditions to spend a few hours with family and friends, all while sampling a good variety of cigars….

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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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2020 PCA Trade Show to Have Significant Absences

2020 PCA Trade Show to Have Significant Absences It’s no secret that many were unhappy after the 2019 IPCPR trade show. The topic garnering the most attention at the time, was the announced CigarCon consumer day. After receiving significant pushback on multiple fronts, the IPCPR (now rebranded PCA) announced the cancellation of CigarCon. However, this…

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Opinion: We’re Not That Important and That’s a Good Thing

We’re Not Important and That’s a Good Thing. The FDA announced recently that it is illegal to sell tobacco, in all forms, to individuals under the age of 21. Sort of. As with all things political and legal when it comes to the national government, nothing is simple or straightforward. The legislation that increased the…

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