Perdomo Creates Special Craft Series as Cigars for Beer Enthusiasts (Update)

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Perdomo’s new Special Craft Series was first mentioned back in February, and today the company released details on this new line of cigars geared specifically for beer enthusiasts.

The new line is slated to hit stores next month, and is being offered in three wrapper varieties to provide hopheads a number of pairing opportunities.

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According to the company, the Perdomo Special Craft Series Connecticut, also known as the Pilsner, is blended with a creamy U.S. Connecticut wrapper, a naturally sweet Nicaraguan binder from the Jalapa Valley, and rich, aromatic Nicaraguan fillers from the Condega Valley. The Connecticut is a mild to medium-bodied blend that is designed to pair with the light, crisp, clean flavors found in pilsners, white ales, golden lagers, cream ales, or light lagers.

Perdomo Craft Series Epicure Pilsner

The Perdomo Special Craft Series Sun Grown, dubbed the Amber, is blended with a spicy-sweet Cuban-seed Sun Grown wrapper from the Jalapa Valley, a rich, aromatic Nicaraguan binder from the Condega Valley, and robust Cuban-seed Nicaraguan fillers from the Estelí Valley. The Sun Grown is a medium to full-bodied blend made to pair with the toasted malt flavors, floral aromas, and hoppy finishes found in ambers, pale ales, lagers, IPAs, Oktoberfests, or double IPAs.

Perdomo Craft Series Epicure Amber

The line is rounded out by the Perdomo Special Craft Series Maduro, known as the Stout. It uses a dark, oily Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper from the Jalapa Valley, a rich, aromatic Nicaraguan binder from the Condega Valley, and robust Cuban-seed Nicaraguan fillers from the Estelí Valley. The Maduro is also medium to full-bodied blend but is geared towards the thick, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and smoky flavors found in stouts, porters, brown ales, bocks, dunkels, and imperial stouts.

Perdomo Craft Series Epicure Stout

Each of the three versions is presented in 24-count boxes and the same four sizes with the same pricing: there will be a robusto (5 1/2 x 54, MSRP $6.99), Epicure (6 1/2 x 54, $7.50), Churchill (7 x 54, $7.99) and Gordo (6 x 60, $8.50). All of the cigars are made at Tabacalera Perdomo in Nicaragua.

Arthur Kemper, vice president of Perdomo Cigars, told halfwheel that dates, locations and beer pairings for the launch events will be announced in the future.

Update (May 28, 2015) — Today Perdomo announced that the Special Craft Series will be launched on Tuesday, June 2 at The Beer Sellar in Newport, Ken. It will be a joint event sponsored by The Party Source and Ei8ght Ball Brewing. Future events are expected to be announced via Perdomo’s Facebook page. This story was originally published on May 21.

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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.

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