Episode 200: A Milestone and a Look Back
– Local Spotlight: Football at The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Two Hundred! Time sure flies when you are having fun. We take a look back at all the things we’ve done under the Cigar Hacks umbrella, including the people we’ve met and the places we’ve been. A special thanks to all who have been part of this journey, on the show, behind the scenes, and especially the listeners. We have a birthday on the panel! The Hidden Herf is a real surprise for everyone. A new Hack and cigar smoker joins the panel on this special occasion.

Local Spotlight – Football at The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Controversy Corner – Nine-Eleven.

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Episode 199: The Poop Deck; Special Segment with Abe Flores of PDR Cigars
– Local Spotlight: Corona Cigar; Orlando, FL

It’s a perfect evening on Enema Lake for this week’s episode. The Hidden Herf stumps the panel and gets a decent rating. NH Cigar Bar license updates and more in the news segment. We interview Abe Flores of PDR Cigars during the event at Plaistow Cigar.

Local Spotlight – Corona Cigar; Orlando, FL

Controversy Corner – Bass, Texas, and the weather hype.

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Episode 198: In the Alley with Special Guest: Lauren from Ashton
– Local Spotlight: Cigars R Us; Danvers, MA

Lauren from Ashton joins the Hacks for this episode during the Ashton Cigar Event at Cigars R Us. It’s 90 degrees and 90% humidity at sundown, we’re outside in the “alley” and the only thing keeping us cool is a nice cigar and the Podcast Juice. A few of the Danvers regulars also join in the fun. Nurse Rick calls in from Florida to give us a cigar lounge report. Frank won’t put on a headset and heckles us from the sidelines. Lauren tells us about the Ashton Company, San Christobal, La Aroma de Cuba and a “dad story”.

Follow Lauren on Instagram @miss_ashton401

Local Spotlight – Cigars R Us; Danvers, MA

Controversy Corner – I don’t want to talk about it.

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Episode 197: Letters to the Editor
– Local Spotlight: Castaways Seafood & Grille; Seabrook, NH

We have a couple of letters in the mailbag that drive the episode. CSM George sends us a set of Hidden Herfs that stump the panel and get a very high rating. This is a relaxed episode from The Domicile with plenty of laughs.

Local Spotlight – Castaways Seafood & Grille; Seabrook, NH

Controversy Corner – To the Moon and Back

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Episode 196: Two Years at the Shack
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

We are at the Tobacco Shack for 2nd Anniversary of Eastie Paul at the helm. By the end of the evening it’s practically a full house with all the folks that drop in. The Hidden Herf stumps the panel and gets just an OK rating. Comedy Chris is in rare form, we do a Podcast Juice comparison with a hard seltzer, George calls in, and Frank won’t get on the mic. Paul tells us his “brush with greatness” story. There’s some Black Bottle Beard Co. news.

Local Spotlight – The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Controversy Corner – What a Country!

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Episode 195: Crickets at the Firepit
– Local Spotlight: Out in the Limo Last Saturday Night

CSM George joins us on the remote where we swear him in as a Cigar Hack. We recount the Vouchers for Veterans event from last week. The Hidden Herf is identified with an initial lucky guess and gets a high rating. The crickets are in the background while we sit around the firepit for the third outdoor episode in a row. The Caballero (GilVideosVisual) tells us about his travels and making cigar brand videos.

Local Spotlight – Out in the Limo Last Saturday Night – Twins & Radloff’s

Controversy Corner – Frank Speech Cyber Symposium

Episode 194: Vouchers for Veterans
– Local Spotlight: Smok’em If You Got’em Event

This week the Hacks put on the Vouchers for Veterans; Smok’em If You Got’em Event at the Smokey Quartz Distillery in Seabrook NH, a veteran owned operation. The event was a huge success. The Hidden Herf was also a huge success, receiving a high rating from the panel.  CSM George made the trip up from CT to join us for this special veterans event and was joined by Mr. Bojimbles of Two Guys, and MJ of the Black Bottle Beard Co. We speak with Jeanne from Vouchers for Veterans, Edgar from Aladino, Sam from Stone Oven Catering and Frank from the Smokey Quartz Distillery during the episode.

Our Vouchers for Veterans business supporters included:
Smokey Quartz Distillery – let us hold the event on their back lot.
Two Guys Cigars – supplier of cigars and more.
Aladino Cigars – our cigar brand sponsor.
Plaistow Cigar – major swag and auction item donations.
Black bottle Beard Oil Co. – auction items and more.
Saddle-Up Saloon – helped us in a big way.
Tri-Rent rentals – supplied the tables and chairs.
Stone Oven Catering – kept the pizzas coming.

Episode 193: Goata-Palooza
– Local Spotlight: Gran Havana; San Diego, CA

It’s a Hacks’ outing with the goats, dogs and a bonfire on a perfect Saturday evening. We’re grillin’ and chillin’ while feeding peanuts to the animals before the show. The neighborhood joins in for the fun and a few join us on the show. The Hidden Herf is interesting and there is a fair amount of cigar talk. The Podcast Juice is flowing so it’s lots of laughs.

Local Spotlight – Gran Havana; San Diego, CA

Controversy Corner – Mask Madness!

Goats and the bonfire pile

Episode 192: Summa-Palooza and Other Fish Stories
– Local Spotlight: The Lake and North Conway Lounges; NH

Stories from Summa-Palooza weekend, Who fell in? Who caught the big ones? It’s a small world. The Hidden Herf draws a split decision. The Smoky Quartz Veteran’s event is Friday July 30th – Tickets available here.

Local Spotlight – The Lake, The Original Cigar & Bar, Cigar Shenanigans Cigar & Cocktail Lounge; North Conway, NH

Controversy Corner – Controlling the narrative and how it relates to the agenda.

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Episode 191: Summa-Palooza
– Local Spotlight: On the lake with the S.S. Low Voltage

It’s Summa-Palooza at the lake house where we sit out on the water to record. We are joined by Dave The Dentist from Nashville, Mark (Ernie) and Bret (Bert) from The Retrohale. We have a so-so Hidden Herf and more fun with the “fart machine” than we should.

Local Spotlight – Summa-Palooza

Controversy Corner – Landing vs. catching a fish.

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