PVC pipe, a bed sheet, spray paint and some lawn chairs. Dissident wanted to make a statement and every indication is they did. It was hardly the most glamorous of booths, but it was a booth and a functional one at that. In addition to the physical booth, there was also “Dissident Sucks” stickers that ended up on everything from other booths to power scooters.

Dissident Booth

As for new product, there was nothing on display. (There was actually nothing on display). Gorden Crippen gave us a lancero, a private blend he said would never be released for sale. (We offered him a $2 million purchase order and he wouldn’t budge.) The only way to get one is from one of the company owners. Elsewhere, there is a Soapbox Double Perfecto in the works for next year, but no other details were available.

Production has increased four-fold by our calculations, which is a good sign for the one-year-old company.

Update (July 26, 2014): The original version of this story mentioned a collaboration project with Dante Cigars. According to Dante, this is not scheduled for release.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.