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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.

Jeremy Jack Cigars Announces Price Increase

Jeremy Jack Cigars has announced that it will be taking a price increase on its portfolio, announcing on Friday that it is increasing prices by...
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Beverly Hills, Calif.’s Tobacco Sales Ban Now In Effect, Cigar Lounges Remain Exempt

One of the most restrictive pieces of anti-tobacco legislation in the country has gone into effect, as retailers in Beverly Hills are now prohibited from...
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Oregon’s Cigar Tax Cap Increases Today

Cigars in Oregon will be getting a bit more expensive today, as a tax increase approved by voters in November has gone into effect. The...
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Colorado’s Tobacco Tax Increase Begins Today

Colorado already had one of the highest cigar tax rates in the country, and today it has gotten even higher. Proposition EE, which was approved...
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ACE Prime Announces Distribution Agreement for Brazil

The ACE Prime portfolio is now available in Brazil, as the company has announced a distribution agreement with D’Angelo Importadora, Consulado do Tobacco and Distribuidora...
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Crux Cigars Adds Epicure Lonsdale for Privada Cigar Club

Crux Cigars is adding a Lonsdale vitola to its Epicure line, and releasing it first to Privada Cigar Club. The cigar is a 6 1/2...
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Graded: Ten Questions for 2020

The idea of the words graded and 2020 bring a bit of a smirk and sigh to my face. Certainly conventional wisdom—and an endless stream of social...
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Boutique Cigar Association Announces New Mission, Resignation of Dr. Gaby Kafie as President

Just about 3 1/2 years after its founding as an organization to better represent the needs and concerns of the cigar industry’s smaller companies, the...
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Espinosa Thai Tea Slated for New Year’s Eve Release

Thai Tea, a new cigar made by Espinosa Premium Cigars and released via Privada Cigar Club and the Limited Cigar Association, will be getting its...
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Room101 Death Bucket 2

In 2018, a new cigar from Room101 began showing up at a handful of retailers and in the social media posts of those fortunate enough...
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AGANORSA Leaf Sending Rare Leaf Reserve to Select Retailers

AGANORSA Leaf has announced that it has created a new line called Rare Leaf Reserve that will be hitting select stores in February. It uses...
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