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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.

Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Cigars Flying Pig

In 2019, Drew Estate brought its Flying Pig vitola to the Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars line, merging a distinct cigar size and one...
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Quesada Cigars Increasing Prices as of Feb. 1

Quesada Cigars has begun informing retailers that it will be taking a price increase to a number of its lines effective Feb. 1. The increase...
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Espinosa Creates The Big Game Cigars for Smoke Inn

With a certain football game coming up, Espinosa Cigars has created a four-pack of football-shaped cigars as an exclusive for Smoke Inn. Dubbed The Big...
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Oklahoma Legislature to Consider Tobacco 21 Bill

An Oklahoma state senator has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that will bring the state’s laws regarding the minimum age to purchase...
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Santa Clara, Inc. to Unveil Montecristo Volume 1: 100 Days at TPE 2020

At the upcoming Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) trade show, the distributor Santa Clara, Inc. will be unveiling a new exclusive line from Altadis U.S.A.’s Montecristo...
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Bismarck, N.D. Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

As the country adjusts to the new federal minimum age to purchase tobacco products being changed to 21, cities, counties and states continue to pass...
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La Mesa, Calif. Bans Smoking, Exempts Cigar Bars

On Tuesday night, the La Mesa City Council unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance that will completely ban smoking in public places, except...
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Stogie Road Cigars Adding Sweet Grass Gringo

Stogie Road Cigars has announced that it will be releasing a new line called the Sweet Grass Gringo, a barber pole design highlighted by a...
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Breckenridge, Minn. Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age

While the federal increase in the tobacco purchasing age continues to get sorted out—including having several trade organizations making a public request for clarification over...
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Patoro VA XO Limited Edition Salomones

This has been said before, but if there’s a phrase that seemingly defined the cigar industry in the 2010s, it’s what’s new? It’s a question...
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RoMa Craft Neanderthal OM Lancero Returns as Fine Ash Cigars Exclusive

The Neanderthal OM (Old Man) Lancero from RoMa Craft Tobac is coming back, but it’s still a store exclusive,  this time for Fine Ash Cigars...
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