Episode 142: North Shore Cigar Convention
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Local representatives from three cigar companies and three shops meet up at The Shack for this week’s episode, it’s like a mini-convention. Rocky, Dunbarton, United, and Hammer plus The Tobacco Shack, Cigars R Us and Plaistow Cigar are represented. Add to that a cast of many and it makes for a unique episode. We take the Hidden Herf in a different direction and let everyone have a choice of three different cigars – Red (boxpress), Blue (robusto) and Green (churchill). It takes a bit of effort to keep three Hidden Herfs sorted out, but it’s certainly interesting. Who knows, maybe we’re on to something here.

Local Spotlight – The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Conspiracy Corner – Stealing the Vote by Mail

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Episode 141: Cigars, Comets, and Conspiracies
– Local Spotlight: NE Regional Tradeshow

Out on Enema Lake under an almost completely clear sky and a dead calm, the setting is serene for this weeks episode. We have loons and train whistles in the background, a perfect backdrop for another “aged” Hidden Herf beauty that stumps the panel. Our special guest “Tim-Berr” joins us this week for lots of laughs, Podcast Juice, and a good cigar or two.

Local Spotlight – NE Regional Trade Show

Conspiracy Corner – Select your personal reality and a half dozen other topics.

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Episode 140: Rocky Patel 25th Anniversary Releases
– Local Spotlight: Plaistow Cigar Co.; Plaistow, New Hampshire

Mike the Cop, our local Rocky Patel rep, and The Shadow join the Hacks for an introduction to the 2020 Rocky Patel release line-up. We smoke the new Quarter Century then learn about the Hamlet 2020, the return of The Winter Collection, ALR 2nd edition limited re-release, and more. With the PCA (formerly IPCPR) canceled the Rocky team is doing local trade shows across the country and this is like one of the “media stops”.

Local Spotlight – Plaistow Cigar Co.; Plaistow, New Hampshire

Conspiracy Corner – Covid 1984, mask effectivity, defending yourself in the current climate

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Episode 139: Sum-A-Palloza Special
– Local Spotlight: On the lake; New Hampshire

Jo-Jo Mo joins the Hacks live for the third “Palooza” in under a year.  For the last couple years have been on the river for the summer trip, but this year we switch it up a bit and stay at the cabin on the lake. We are also joined by Carson Nightly and K-K-K-Katie. Katie is a bit of a novice but knows all the right questions related to the Hidden Herf, that Jo-Jo Mo pegs in just a few minutes. This episode is the result of smoking cigars, drinking beer, and fishing for two solid days; add a great cigar and it’s a “laugh track” we wont soon forget.

Local Spotlight – On the lake; New Hampshire

Conspiracy Corner – Coin shortages and the cashless push

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Episode 138: Riding Out the Storm
– Local Spotlight: The Mustang Ranch; New Hampshire

It’s another outdoor episode, but this time a storm rolls by just west of us and we have a front row seat. We did have to wait out the wind and brief sprinkle but the show must go on. The hidden Herf turns out to be a chain smoke because of the delay. We tell the story of what happened after last week’s recording and how we got our hands on some rare cigars and made a new friend; Hamlet Paredes from Rocky Patel.

Local Spotlight – The Mustang Ranch; New Hampshire

Conspiracy Corner – Q-Plus

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Episode 137: Not Just Blowing Smoke with Bugsy Segal of Pura Soul Cigars
– Local Spotlight: Twins Smoke Shop; Hooksett, NH

Half of the “Not Just Blowing Smoke” (NJBS) podcast and Dave “Bugsy” Segal of Pura Soul Cigars join the Hacks for another in-lounge episode. We smoke the Pura Soul Maduro which garners rave reviews from all participants. Bugsy tells us about the Pura Soul founder Robert Wright. Pastor Padron (Dan) and the other Dave (yes, it’s a three Dave show) get us up to speed on all the changes at Twins in Hookset and Londonderry. We cover a lot of cigar,  pipe, and lounge ground with our guests this week direct from the Lounge in Hookset, which is also the new NJBS studio.

Local Spotlight – Twins Smoke Shop; Hooksett, NH

Conspiracy Corner – The conspiracy team has been abducted this week, so we just wing it in typical Hack style.

Episode 136: In the Gutter Again
– Local Spotlight: Cigars R Us; Danvers, MA

Outdoors for the fifth, and in the gutter for the second week in a row. The “sidewalk lounge” at Cigars R Us is along side the building on Cherry Street and we are literally sitting in the street again. We are joined by a large cast of characters and a big audience. It’s like a street fair in Danvers Square. The Hidden Herf is a hit, but stumps all 16 participants. The new proprietors, Shannon & John, are on hand for Local Spotlight. Billy Cigars and Sweet Lou jump in with Mustang Mike for Conspiracy Corner. Close your eyes and you will be transported to directly the “Sidewalk Lounge” on a warm summer night in New England.

Local Spotlight – Cigars R Us; Danvers, MA

Conspiracy Corner – What’s behind all the scare tactics?

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Episode 135: Taking it to the Streets
– Local Spotlight: Radloff’s Cigar Shop and On the Rox Lounge; Rochester, NH

Continuing with our outdoor theme (#4) we are literally in the street this week. Radloff’s is in a unique position where they have been allowed to have an outdoor lounge in the on-street parking area in front of the shop during this unprecedented time. Once we saw the pictures of what they set up we had to go up and do and episode right there in the street. That’s right, they can serve the hard stuff in the street while you smoke. We are joined by a few of the Radloff regulars and have one of the best, and unique, lounge experiences with perfect weather and good friends.

Local Spotlight – Radloff’s Cigar Shop and On the Rox Lounge; Rochester, NH

Conspiracy Corner – Riots, Antifa, and CHAZ

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Episode 134: Strawberry Moon
– Local Spotlight: Happy Jack’s Cigars, Pipe and Tobacco Shop; Laconia, NH

The weather is so good that we go out on Enema Lake for a second week in a row. It’s the Strawberry Moon and the sky is crystal clear. We start in the middle of the lake to avoid the bugs but the wind kicks up and we start moving. This might be the first time we recorded while moving, but when we get into the cove, at the 14:30 mark, it’s a dead calm. The Hidden Herf is a special find by Nurse Rick from the local spotlight, of course, it’s so rare that no one has seen it before. It’s “Fish On” and the Podcast Juice is flowing. We are back to the regular events format – there are actual events to report!

Local Spotlight: Happy Jack’s Cigars, Pipe and Tobacco Shop; Laconia, NH

Conspiracy Corner – Mike Jr.

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Episode 133: Return to Enema Lake 2020
– Local Spotlight: Smoke On The Water; Enema Lake, NH

It’s the 2020 edition of our return to recording on the boat while fishing and smoking cigars. Comedy Chris is back at the helm and it seems we have overcome the power issues with the S. S. Low Voltage (A.K.A Smoke on the Water). After a number of clues and a multitude of guesses the Hidden Herf is finally landed on by the panel. It’s the usual antics and fun from the panel out on the water.

Local Spotlight – Smoke On The Water; Enema Lake, NH

Conspiracy Corner – Social media giants are put on notice.

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