May 24, 2013 (Miami, Fla.) — We are pleased to announce the formation of S&S Cigar Company, which will be based in Miami, Florida. The company is headed by Bill Stephens and Brad Stephens who have been in the cigar industry for many years. The company goal is to produce the finest cigar possible at a great price, bringing to the cigar smoker a memorable experience.

Not only are we pleased to announce the formation of S&S Cigar Company, but also to release the news of our first upcoming cigar. Foreplay is a Nicaraguan with a very delightful Sun Grown wrapper that delivers massive flavor and a smooth smoke. GC, Brand Adviser for S&S, said, “We wanted the first cigar we come out with to be one that not only first time smokers but seasoned smokers could enjoy as well. The combination of the wrapper we chose with the select fillers and Ligero gives what we feel is an outstanding cigar.”More news of the cigar is coming soon so be looking for S&S Cigar Co. and the first release, Foreplay, pleasure for the palate.

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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.