I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.
Photo of Charlie Minato was taken by Lauren Martinez.
Brooks Whittington has been smoking cigars for over 8 years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, Brooks spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the most influential cigar blogs on the web, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard to find and expensive cigars. Brooks was a cofounder of halfwheel and now serves as an editor for halfwheel.
I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the spring training public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies as well as the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League; stats stringer for MLB.com; baseball writer for the Grand Salami magazine in Seattle and I cover the Phoenix cigar scene for Examiner.com.
Brian has been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. He initially started out small with a 50 count humidor and smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars it was only an occasional hobby he took part in. In March of 2010 he joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting him with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands he had never heard of, Brian quickly immersed himself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion. Besides his cigar hobby and job in the IT industry, Brian loves spending time with his wife Melissa and their two dogs Belle (a yorkie) and Coco (a chocolate lab).