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.

Press Release: Tuscaloosa City Council Seeks to Ban Private Businesses

October 4, 2012 (Tuscaloosa, AL) — The Tuscaloosa City Council will soon be discussing a moratorium to ban some businesses from opening and operating within…

News: Tatuaje ‘Unlucky 13’ Retailers Announced

Tatuaje Cigars has released the list of the Unlucky 13 retailers who will be getting the primary allocation of this year’s Monster Series cigar, The…

News: My Father Limited Edition 2012 Nears Shipment

My Father is preparing to release the third installment of its annual limited edition, The My Father Limited Edition 2012. Back again will be much…

Press Release: The Dominican Republic Held Consultations With Australia Regarding Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products

October 1, 2012 (Geneva, Switzerland) — The Dominican Republic has held consultations with Australia in its dispute regarding Australia’s measures mandating the plain packaging of…

Viaje 5th Anniversary

Word of a new cigar from Viaje started floating around the internet back in mid-May, when Andre Farkas took to Facebook to post a picture…

Press Release: OMAS Introduces Stationery Items Devoted to Cohiba

September 30, 2012 (Havana, Cuba) — OMAS and HABANOS S.A. very recently presented the Limited Edition Stationery Item Collection dedicated to Cohiba as part of…

Michigan Legislature Approves 50-Cent Cigar Tax Cap

The Michigan Legislature approved Senate Bill 1004, a piece of legislation that would put into place a 50-cent cigar tax on November 1st. The bill…

Press Release: Missouri Seeks to Dramatically Hike Tobacco Tax, IPCPR Opposes

September 27, 2012 (Jefferson, MO) — Proposition B, a proposed 150% tax increase on cigars and pipe tobacco, in addition to a 760% tax increase on…

Press Release: Premium Tobacconists Oppose Omaha City Council Tax Plan

September 25, 2012 (Omaha, NE) — A recently proposed occupation tax in Omaha, Nebraska threatens to levy a 7% tax on sales of all tobacco products. The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) strongly opposes this “specialty…

CRA Announces Two More U.S. Reps Co-sponsoring H.R. 1639

Cigar Rights of America announced on Friday that two more members of the U.S. House of Representatives have joined on as co-sponsors of H.R. 1639,…

Press Release: New Shape for Gurkha Cellar Reserve Churchill

September 21, 2012 (Miami, FL) — The Gurkha Cigar Group are proud to announce a new 7 x 54 Prisoner Churchill salomon shape in its…