Editor’s Note: This week in Dortmund, Germany, the European tobacco industry will gather for Inter-tabac 2013. More so than ever, the American-based brands have a presence and a market, particularly in Holland, Germany and a growing marketing in the U.K. I’ll be there again this year and enjoyed meeting a few of our European and Asian readers last year, so if you are in the Westfalenhallen later this week, Tweet at me and we can have a cigar together. echte liebe.


  • Tatuaje Gran Maravilla Set for 2014 — Here.
  • Crowned Heads to Release Headley Grange Lancero — Here.
  • KILO Heads to New Mexico — Story is here.
  • Reinado Ships Grand Empire Reserve Extensions — Here.
  • Viaje Ships Latest Batch of Cigars — Fifty Fifty Red, Black and V.O.R. Details here.
  • Alec Bradley Announces Royal Monkey Society — Story, here.
  • Sons of Anarchy Cigars Ships — Press release, here.
  • Alec Bradley Suffers Apparent Break-In — Here.
  • H.R. 792 Reaches 123 Cosponsors — You can track the House of Representative version of the pro-cigar legislation here.
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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 have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.