June 30, 2019

IPCPR 2019: Battleground Cigars

If there’s one booth at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show that really captures the essence of the company, it’s Battleground Cigars. When you’re in…

IPCPR 2019: Esteban Carreras

Much of the Esteban Carreras booth was the same as it has been in recent years: same structure located just off the center of the…

IPCPR 2019: APS Distributors / Nino Vasquez

As was the case at last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, APS Distributors, LLC decided to concentrate on supporting its core bundle releases that…

IPCPR 2019: Plasencia 1865

Two years ago, Plasencia 1865—the distribution company founded by Nestor Andrés Plasencia and his father in 2016—made its IPCPR debut with a splash, releasing two…

IPCPR 2019: Patoro

After years of being tucked inside the CLE booth, Patoro is now part of a complex of booths that share one thing in common: De…

Lunch with halfwheel: Day 2

Back for another day at the Sands Expo Center, the halfwheel team is on the floor covering day 2 of IPCPR 2019. We had a…

IPCPR 2019: Debonaire House

Last year, Phil Zanghi III transitioned from being distributed by Drew Estate to sending cigars to retailers through UPS Cigars Direct. It created a weird…

IPCPR 2019: RVGN Rauchvergnügen

Not only does RVGN Rauchvergnügen have one of the more distinctive names on the trade show floor—it’s German, by the way—but they had the single…

IPCPR 2019: Island Lifestyle Importers

Shortly before last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Island Lifestyle Importers made a rather large announcement for the company. The brand—most noted for its…

IPCPR 2019: What’s In My Bag – Brooks Whittington

Six years, six of these posts where I and the rest of the halfwheel staff explain what is in our bags that we carry around…

IPCPR 2019: Ventura Cigar Co.

A few months ago I saw the planned booth for Phillips & King and its sister company Ventura Cigar Co. I was told that it…