Episode 172: Salty Dew
– Local Spotlight: World Famous Cigar Bar; Ft. Meyers, FL

We are joined by The “Salty” Stephanie (Mrs. Bastard) for some fun and “MotherLovinCoffee”. The Mail bag is full of items and The Reverend Harvey is in rare form with “The Dew” podcast juice recipe. Some of the panel think they know the Hidden Herf just by looking at it but everyone is stumped.

Local Spotlight – World Famous Cigar Bar; Ft. Meyers, FL

Controversy Corner – The Fed

Hidden Herf 172 / World Famous Cigar Bar; Ft. Meyers, FL

Episode 171: In Hot Water
– Local Spotlight: Cigar Life; Lakeland, FL

Direct from a hot tub at the Holiday Inn in Jacksonville, FL, it’s Nurse Rick on the remote. He gives us a view into the Florida cigar scene while traveling around the state on college tours. This week we hear about his visit to Cigar Life in Lakeland. We answer a question e-mailed in by Nick from RI about higher priced cigars. Our Hidden Herf is another well-aged beauty with a yellowed cellophane.

Local Spotlight – Cigar Life; Lakeland, FL

Controversy Corner – The Texas Power Grid

Hidden Herf 171

Episode 170: The Hookah Queen
– Local Spotlight: Elie’s Smoking lounge; Nashua, NH

It’s been a couple months since we’ve done an in-lounge episode and years since we’ve recorded in a cigar and hookah lounge. Jocelyn gives us a refresher course on hookahs. Nurse Rick brings in a Hidden Herf that, after a few hints,  we get close to guessing the brand. Elie and Jocelyn tell us their story about starting Elie’s Smoking Lounge.

Local Spotlight – Elie’s Smoking lounge; Nashua, NH

Controversy Corner – The Superbowl

Hidden Herf 170

Episode 169: Hackapalooza 3.0 Part 2
– Local Spotlight: Cloud Lounge; Salem, NH

Hackapalooza weekend is now just a memory, we recap all the activities since the last episode. The Hidden Herf turns out to be a mixed bag because it’s a bit strong for most of the panel. Of course, no one comes close to guessing what it is. We “swear” in the newest member of the Hacks.

Local Spotlight – Cloud Lounge; Salem, NH

Controversy Corner – The Lindell Video

Hidden Herf 169

Episode 168: Hackapalooza 3.0 Part 1
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

It’s night one of The Third Annual Hackapalooza (A.K.A. The RetroHack Spectacular), we’ve taken the out-of-town visitors to their first stop of the weekend. There are four additional lounges on the schedule over the next two days. We cover the day’s events and preview what’s planned. The Hidden Herf is an aged gem that garners a respectable rating from the entire cast of Hacks.

Local Spotlight – The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Controversy Corner – Vietnam, then and now – The Hanoi Commitment by James A Mulligan

Hidden Herf 168 / The Book

Episode 167: Riff-Raff and Ballers
– Local Spotlight: Smoke & Flame; Pelham, NH

Getting spun up for Hackapalooza we smoke a great Hidden Herf that moves right to the top of the ratings list. We have a mystery guest in the audience who comes bearing gifts for the upcoming festivities.

Local Spotlight – Smoke & Flame; Pelham, NH

Controversy Corner – Planet X

Hidden Herf 167 / Smoke & Flame


Where’s Bernie?

Episode 166: Two in a Row
– Local Spotlight: Cuban Crafters; Miami, FL

Hop Tarts in Scranton! Lots of news and items from the mail bag. The Reverend Harvey and Nurse Rick try out the double recliner. The Caballero is on a roll and goes for two in a row out of the gate with the Hidden Herf, this time the shape and appearance of the cigar was the give away. Current events are starting up again after the holidays. It’s the usual fun time with the same panel of Hacks as last episode.

Local Spotlight – Cuban Crafters; Miami, FL

Controversy Corner – Paper vs. hard currency.

Hidden Herf 166 / Paper Currency

Episode 165: Hey Ernie, Welcome to Venezuela
– Local Spotlight: Eli’s Smoking Lounge; Nashua, NH

We have the Kracken Spiced Podcast Juice this week. Voice mail etiquette. The Caballero pegs the Hidden Herf after just a couple clues. We interview Gil and he tells us about his travels to some cigar related video shoots. See FB and GilVideosVisual.com for samples of Gil’s work. We go into more detail on the NH regulations related to Cigar Bars. We discuss some Hackapalooza planning topics. Did we mention Ernie?

Local Spotlight – Eli’s Smoking Lounge; Nashua, NH

Controversy Corner – On the ground at the top of the steps.

Hidden Herf 165 / The Kraken / Elie’s Smoking Lounge



Episode 164: The Hackie Awards Special 2020
– Local Spotlight: Utopia Lounge; Plaistow NH

It’s the 2020 Hackie Awards direct from Can’t Connect Conneticut. The Hidden Herf is picked off early by The reverend Harvey and Nurse Rick with a couple of lucky guesses. We learn about six new or restarting cigar lounges in the area and cover the NH regulations related to Cigar Bars.

Local Spotlight – Utopia Lounge; Plaistow NH

Controversy Corner – The Stock Market Ponzi Scheme

Hidden Herf 164 / Erik’s Hackie 2020


Utopia Lounge


Episode 163: Christmas Eve Eve
– Local Spotlight: A Shack Christmas; Rowley MA

It’s the Christmas episode so we do something different with the Hidden Herf and have a head-to-head blind cigar review with holiday gifts from a couple of our fans. There’s a mailbag segment with messages from some of the listeners.

Local Spotlight – A Shack Christmas; Rowley MA

Controversy Corner – The original Ponzi Scheme

Hidden Herf 163 / Ponzi Items