Fratello Cigars will soon be found in Norway, as Omar de Frias has announced a new distribution partner in Nordic Cigars. The company is based in Sandnes, Norway and is headed by Arnt Aanensen, who launched it in 2017.

“Arnt and his team are passionate cigar smokers and are taking a very unique approach to their business by being the purveyor of choice of smaller manufactures in Norway,” de Frias said in a press release. “This is another step towards the expansion of the Fratello brand in the world market,” he added.

“We are excited to work with Omar and look forward to bringing his passion for cigars to the Norwegian market,” Aanensen noted in the announcement. “We are building a culture of cigar smokers in Norway where Fratello will find a great home,” he said.

In addition to the newly opened Norwegian market, Fratello Cigars can also be found in the Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and Germany.

Patrick Lagreid

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.