Episode 221: Hackapalooza 4.0 Part 2
– Local Spotlight: El Toro; Hudson, NH

On the remote we have Rabbi Cut-Above (aka Mike from New Jersey) as we recap the Hackapalooza weekend including getting snowed in for a day. Not only do we discuss the weather outdoors we tackle the weather inside our humidors – temperature and humidity. The Hidden Herf is an illusive but decent cigar.

Local Spotlight – El Toro; Hudson, NH

Controversy Corner – This Was CNN

The Tobacco Shack / Rocky Patel


The Oscuro III Snowed In


Episode 220: Hackapalooza 4.0 Part 1
– Local Spotlight: Reception at The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Hackapalooza 4.0 gets underway at the Tobacco Shack with the Bahama Bob Band and a Rocky Patel Event for the occasion with Mike The Cop. It’s Thursday of our annual four-day weekend bash. Bret calls in and the panel is well primed after the party at The Shack with plenty of laughs. The Hidden Herf is – let’s just say interesting, and that’s not just Whistling Dixie (or Ernie).

Local Spotlight – Reception at The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA and more

Controversy Corner – 5G cell interference with airliners

Episode 219: Titanium Balls
– Local Spotlight: The Bus at Cigars R Us; Danvers, MA

Resting up for Hackapalooza we do a relatively relaxing episode at The Domicile, but there are still a few good jokes. The Hidden Herf is a real wildcard this week and we have a backup just in case it’s needed. The number of events is ramping up after all the holiday hoopla has subsided. We tell a few stories, talk about where we watch football while smoking cigars, and drink some podcast juice alternatives.

Local Spotlight – The Bus at Cigars R Us; Danvers, MA

Controversy Corner – Do you really own it?

Episode 218: Pre-Game at The Tobacco Shack
– Local Spotlight: El Toro; Hudson, NH

Three Hacks walk into a cigar lounge… We do a small group show with Eastie Paul of the Tobacco Shack before the Pats/Bills game. It starts out quiet, but as we get closer to game more hecklers arrive. Have some cream pie and a chocolate bourbon with that newly released Hidden Herf. Yankee Bill tags in for Mr. Mybalzich.

Local Spotlight – The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MAEl Toro; Hudson, NH

Controversy Corner – Do you remember 2019?

Episode 217: The 2021 Hackie Awards Special
– Local Spotlight: Whiskey from Down Under

It’s the 2021 Hackie Awards direct from parts unknown. We welcome our new Hackie Award Show sponsors. The Hidden Herf is a special award show cigar that has been aging in the Hackador longer than the Cigar Hacks has been in production. Along with the awards we do a whiskey and bourbon tasting throughout the show featuring a couple Australian samples we found at Lighthouse Liquors. The tasting is in honor of our listener Simon, down under at The Cigar and Scotch Co. in Sydney.

Controversy Corner – What year is is really?

Episode 216: We Hope ’22 is Good for You
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Closing out 2021 and ringing in 2022 it’s the New Year’s episode. We have a few good jokes from The Domicile with the regulars and a decent Hidden Herf to go with it all. We reflect on a few thing in the past and discus what’s possible in the future.

Local Spotlight – The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Controversy Corner – Ice Holes Down Under

Episode 215: Tobacco Shack Christmas Special
– Local Spotlight: Boston Cigar Club; Charlestown, MA

Joining the hacks at the Tobacco Shack Christmas Party in Rowley, MA are Bugsy Segal of Pura Soul Cigars and Jeffrey Amendola of Amendola Family Cigars. Not only do we find out about the Pura Soul Barber Pole Cigar and Amandola Family Cigars, we learn just how small the cigar world is.

Local Spotlight – Boston Cigar Club; Charlestown, MA

Controversy Corner – From Harvard to Wuhan and beyond.

Boston Cigar Club

Episode 214: Nashville Dave on the Road
– Local Spotlight: Zack’s Beach Castle Cigars; Mary Esther, FL

Nashville Dave is on a cigar shop road trip reporting direct from the Florida pan handle at Zack’s Beach Castle Cigars. The hidden Herf is a bit of a dog but, the panel can’t seem to pin it down even with plenty of clues. We give a report on the Two Guys Christmas Party and a stop in at Smoke & Flame to get an update on the new retail outlet progress.

Local Spotlight – Zack’s Beach Castle Cigars; Mary Esther, FL

Controversy Corner – Can you believe anything any longer?

Episode 213: It’s Hammer time
– Local Spotlight: Hammer + Sickle Christmas at Plaistow Cigar Co.; Plaistow, NH

We are at the Hammer + SicklePlaistow Cigar Christmas Party, which means Erik and Brian of Hammer + Sickle along with Matty the Magnificent join the panel for this annual occasion. We launch the H+S 2021 EPH Limited Edition Cigar and it scores big on the Hack scale. It’s also a birthday, Cowboy says a word or two, and Chappy drops by just as we are about to wrap.

Local Spotlight – H & S Christmas at Plaistow Cigar Co.; Plaistow, NH

Controversy Corner – An Eric Hanson (EPH) Favorite, it might be old, but it’s still a controversy.

The 2020 Hacky Award Trophy

Episode 212: A Non-Attorney Spokesman
– Local Spotlight: Route One BNG Extravaganza

This week’s Hidden Herf is very good, with just a hint or two, and more than a few guesses, the panel lands it. The Oscuro III is set up as a cigar lounge at the Route One BNG event this week and we have a blast with it.

Local Spotlight – Route One Business Networking Group Extravaganza

Controversy Corner – It’s just another Ponzi scheme.