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Patrick Lagreid
Patrick Lagreid
About the author
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 public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

New Britain, Conn. Bans Smoking in Parks and City-Owned Properties

At its meeting on Wednesday, New Britain’s Common Council passed a ban on the use of tobacco in all forms—including e-cigarettes—as well as the use...
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Michigan Legislators Introduce Beach Smoking Ban Bills

A pair of Michigan legislators have introduced bills into the legislature that seek to ban smoking on any state-owned beaches. On Tuesday, HB 4936 was...
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Black Label Trading Co. Releases Event-Only Black Works Studio NBK Lizard King

A new event-only cigar will be showing up at Black Label Trading Co. functions, as today the company announced the release of the Black Works...
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California State Assembly Approves Beaches and Parks Smoking Ban (Update)

The California State Legislature has once again passed a bill that seeks to ban smoking within state-owned parks and beaches,as legislators hope that a new...
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Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper Ships

Alec Bradley Cigar Co. has announced that the Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper, the sophomore release from brothers Alec and Bradley Rubin, is on its way...
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Livermore, Calif. Voters Will Decide Flavored Tobacco Ban

A ban on the sales of flavored tobacco in Livermore, Calif. has been put on hold after the city council certified a petition seeking its...
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La Sonrisa Domador

This summer, La Sonrisa Cigars once again paid tribute to one of its co-founders with a cigar named for him, the Domador. It’s the third...
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Altadis U.S.A.’s Romeo y Julieta Adding Nicaragua Connecticut

Altadis U.S.A. will reportedly be releasing a new Romeo y Julieta in October that will feature a Nicaraguan-grown wrapper. So far, the company has not...
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Quai d’Orsay Senadores Edición Limitada 2019 to Launch Thursday in Paris

A group of about 150 people will be the first to smoke the new Quai d’Orsay Senadores Edición Limitada 2019 when the cigar makes its...
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HVC Cigars Creates Exclusive for Privada Cigar Club

HVC Cigars and Privada Cigar Club have partnered on a new exclusive cigar that will be available to a small group of club members as...
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Albany County, N.Y. Removes Premium Cigars from Flavored Tobacco Ban Proposal

A proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products that is moving through the Albany County Legislature got a significant amendment on Monday, as...
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