Episode 9: A Tap Dance for the Mind
– Local Spotlight: Cloud Palace

With Matty recovering from a recent illness we tone it down a bit for a relaxing episode. Food poisoning vs. cigar poisoning. River camping and cigars. Nurse Rick stops in mid-smoke. Last week’s episode almost wasn’t. Facebook links for all our lounge listings. 2018 events are starting to line up at local establishments. Rolling Stogies mobile shop is a different concept. One day I’ll learn to count. Hammer & Sickle at Twins, Oscar Valladares at Cigar Shenanigans, Men in Motion at Cloud Palace. Our first spot-on guess for the Hidden Herf goes to Nurse Rick. Cigars at the fire pit in below zero weather.
Local Spotlight; Cloud Palace, our first foray into the Cigar & Hookah concept – but not out last. Belly and Tap Dancing. The Retrohale Podcast reaches out to us. Conspiracy Corner talks about “Hollow Earth” and “Flat Earth” theories.
We are now officially listened to nationwide.

Cloud Palace; Salem, NH

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Episode 8: Redacted Enacted
– Local Spotlight: Victory Bar & Cigar; and Michael’s Cigar Bar

This episode was almost a total disaster but through the magic of editing and redaction we were able to salvage an actual episode. A full third of the recording had to go. Listen for the cuts and use your imagination – it was that bad and why some parts seem a bit scattered. Enjoy what’s left, it’s a bit funny!
We talk about cigar shop customer service – a dicey topic to do properly. Where are the Crowned Heads La Careme? Roxor and Cuvee – are these brands still around? The Big Monster is Fake-News!! Cigar swag is great. Single use plastic bags, a thing of the past?
Not-So-Local Smoke – Match Cigar Bar in Indiana opens a new location. Boveda’s new gadget monitors you humidor. New laws in local municipalities – What?
The reveal is another surprise – mostly. Local Spotlight gets into a Hookah discussion. While deciding on a conspiracy topic we go to “old rockers still on tour” for a short time before arriving on the “Reptilian Elite” topic.

Victory Bar & Cigar; Worcester, MA

Michael’s Cigar Bar; Worcester, MA

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Episode 7: The Burner Phone
– Local Spotlight: Cigar Shenanigans & The Original Cigar Bar

Nurse Rick and the Peanut Gallery join us again and help us create longest episode to date. We cover the recent passing of Jose O. Padrone and Gilberto F. Oliva Sr. The Cigar Hacks Burner Phone is explained and why everyone should have one. Federal Cigar’s online store is up. The Cigar Authority announces their Cigar of the Year. Recent legislation news from Halfwheel. The Hidden Herf is another surprise for everyone. Nurse Rick gives a correspondence report from his recent visit to North Conway, NH and somehow we get on the Adventure Suites topic. Don’t go on a sleigh ride when it’s 10 below. Nick explains “The Dudley” to get to the very end of your cigar. We go through an impromptu list of go-to cigars for new folks. Conspiracy corner does not disappoint, from MK-Ultra to a prediction for 2018, it will give you something to think about.

Cigar Shenanigans; North Conway, NH

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Episode 6: The Facebook Episode
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack & The Smoke Shop

Matty and Dave go it alone – it’s a two man effort for #6 which includes the Federal Cigar Portsmouth Lounge experience, Umbagog by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust is reported in HalfWheel and a local Ladies Smoking Event is in the planning stage. The Hidden Herf is another surprise – Yes – no fake news!.
Facebook – a conspiracy topic? Bilderberg & Sun Valley; Read your T&Cs and EULAs! 1984’s Big Brother is reality. Apple kills “Where to Smoke” App.
Conspiracy Corner takes a look at the “New World Order” and we get back to the Bilderberg topic. Three nothing-burgers equal one Russia investigation in the deep state swamp. Matty goes on-record with his prediction on the fake Russia story.

The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

The Smoke Shop; Middleton, MA

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Episode 5 – It’s Black Friday Every Day
– Special Guest: Erik Wentworth of Hammer + Sickle Cigars
– Local Spotlight: Seacoast Cigar Bar

Erik tells us about the new box-pressed Berlin Wall and the release of Dome #2. We have a peanut gallery for this episode. Black Friday just won’t die, Detroit, Cigar Craig and did I mention Black Friday? No last names! The Accidental Correspondent tells us about Winston Churchill’s Orange Peel Old Fashioned. Conspiracy Corner goes to space and back where we discus the Flat-Earth phenomenon. Laugh  along with the Hacks on this one – lots of fun.

Hammer & Sickle Cigars

Seacoast Cigar Bar

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Episode 4 – Podcast Gold [Rush]
– Not-So-Local Spotlight: Habanos

Nick gets a “Nasty” new name. The Retrohale. We talk about TV shows, movies and cigars sightings. A 13 minute reveal goes all over the map including bespoke suits. The Not-So-Local Spotlight features Habanos Cafe and Cigar Lounge in San Diego. Conspiracy Corner tackles Artificial Intelligence; Ligero, Anthony Ligero?

Habanos Cafe and Cigar Lounge; San Diego, CA

Road Sticks S1 E6; Habanos

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Episode 3 – A Typical Hack
– Local Spotlight: Federal Cigar

Normally this  episode would be titled something like “What We’ve Been Up To” but in typical Hack fashion the Hidden Herf gets a bit out of control. We cover everything from Avanti Cigars to beef jerky and Serino Cigars to birthday cake. A theme is forming – cigars and food. The “Local Spotlight” shines on Federal Cigar’s three locations. Conspiracy corner goes to the dogs with innuendo. Nick gets a new name and we explain what our intro means.

Federal Cigar Bar; Portsmouth, NH – Back Room

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Episode 2 – Nurse Rick
– Local Spotlight: Twins Smoke Shop
– Bonus: Cigar Press

We have our first guest host; Nurse Rick talks about Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Tatuaje Cigars, etc. In the “Local Spotlight” we review Twins Smoke Shop, Londonderry and their new smoking deck. An unexpected bonus was running into Thor Neilsen, the publisher of Cigar Press. “Conspiracy Corner” takes an unexpected turn as we talk about what’s going on around us during the recording.
The big box of Tats:  Tatuaje Cojonu 2003 Reserva Broadleaf

Twins Smoke Shop; Londonderry, NH – Deck

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Episode 1 – Introducing the Hacks
– Local Spotlight: Two Guys Annual Cigar Dinner

In this episode we introduce the podcast and what we are all about. The “Hidden Herf” blind cigar review will be a regular feature. “Local Smoke” is for current events at local establishments. The “Local Spotlight” shines on a different shop each episode. “Conspiracy Corner” – always a crowd favorite.

Two Guys Smoke Shop; Salem, Nashua, & Seabrook, NH – Annual Cigar Dinner

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