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, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

PCA 2022: Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.

Oscar Valladares is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new line of cigars, while also releasing a cigar without a wrapper.

PCA 2022: Black Star Line Cigars

The robusto is back in the War Witch lines, and there’s some new packaging coming to stores.

Ramsey County, Minn. Bans Smoking on County-Owned Property

A county in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has snuffed out smoking on its property.

PCA 2022: German Engineered Cigars

While German Engineered Cigars has generally announced its new products ahead of the trade show opening, I’m always intrigued to stop by and see just…

New York Banning Smoking in State-Owned Parks and Beaches

It will soon be against the law to enjoy a cigar in New York’s state-owned parks and beaches.

PCA 2022: Casa Turrent

The Casa Turrent Serie 1880 line is getting a packaging makeover and a new limited edition.

PCA 2022: Jake Wyatt Cigar Co.

There weren’t any new cigars from Jake Wyatt Cigar Co., but the company is moving some previously limited edition vitolas into regular production, meaning they will be easier to find at retailers.

E.P. Carrillo Invites Consumers to Select New Limited Edition via Platinum Bash Pack

Consumers can help select a new limited edition for E.P. Carrillo that is slated to come out in 2023.

PCA 2022: Freud Cigar Co.

Freud Cigar Co. made its PCA Convention & Trade Show debut with its core line, a limited edition and plans for more cigars in the fall.

PCA 2022: Tatuaje

There are a lot of new cigars in the Tatuaje booth at this year’s PCA Convention & Trade Show as the company lays out its new releases for the coming year and celebrates 10 years of L’Atelier and Surrogates.