Episode 63: Gettin’ Some Cold-Cuts for the Big Game
– Local Spotlight: Smoke On The Water, New Hampshire

This week we get ready for the final football game of the season and make last-minute preparations for all the guests who will be arriving later in the week for the Retro-Hack Spectacular. It’s about time we have a Hidden Herf that no one nailed out of the gate, and it’s a good one! Plenty of stories to go around and lots of events this week. New: The Liquor Cabinet sub-segment.

Conspiracy Corner: The Saints vs. The Chiefs and other football stuff.

Local Spotlight: Smoke On The Water, Somewhere in New Hampshire

Smoke on the Water / Mud-pedaler w/small barge

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Episode 62: The Retro-Hack Spectacular Pre-Game Show
– Local Spotlight: Open Mic with the Goat at O’Shea’s Nashua, NH

We are joined by many of the folks that will be coming to New Hampshire for the Retro-Hack Spectacular at the end of the month. We talk lots of Cigars and other things related to what to expect in two weeks at the Spectacular. Nurse Rick picks out the Hidden Herf by just looking at the cigar.

Conspiracy Corner: The AFC Championship – Patriots and Chiefs

Local Spotlight: Open Mic Night with the Goat and Friends at O’Shea’s Nashua, NH

O’Shea’s Nashua, NH

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Episode 61: Root Beer & Moose Poop
– Local Spotlight: Limo to Twins Smoke Shop; Londonderry, NH

Join us for this episode to find out how Root Beer and Moose Poop relate to a Cigar podcast. Nick schools us on how to pick out the Hidden Herf. He is really getting good at this cigar thing. We take out the Oscuro (Hack’s limo) this week and go for a smoke at Twins before heading to Dom’s to record the episode. Planning for the Hack-a-palooza at the end of this month is in full swing.

Conspiracy Corner: Moose Poop; can it be profitable?

Local Spotlight: Limo to Twins Smoke Shop; Londonderry, NH

Inside the Oscuro / Twins 70-20-4 Lounge

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Episode 60: Full-House at the Poker Table
– Local Spotlight: Federal Cigar; Epping, NH

An in-lounge episode direct from Federal Cigar in Epping, New Hampshire, as we sit around the card table in the back of the lounge with a full-house of eight Hacks. The Hidden Herf is revealed under questionable circumstances – again. The upcoming Cigar Convention with The Retrohale is discussed. The Reverend Harvey gets uncharacteristically steamed while reading the current events.

Local Spotlight: Federal Cigar; Epping, NH

Conspiracy Corner: Mustang Mike drops a few bombshells that should not be missed.

Federal Cigar; Epping, NH

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Episode 59: Sick Nurse Rick
– Local Spotlight: Castro’s Back Room; Bedford, NH

This is an in-lounge episode recorded at Castro’s Back Room in Bedford, New Hampshire. The Stunning Christie, Reverend Harvey, Big Man Tate and Cigar Hack Dave are in the lounge with Skippy (Bret, from The Retrohale) and “sick” Nurse Rick on the remote call-in. We cover a lot of ground in this one so break out the score cards. With the help of a wild guess from Nurse Rick and illegal use of the internet, Christie nails the Hidden Herf in under 12 minutes. The Reverend Harvey spins the current events with style. We jump from animals to home ownership to auto repair and just about everything in between.

Conspiracy Corner: Nurse Rick and Rev. Harvey pull off a great segment on the Zapruder film. As a bonus section we take on medieval castles and kamikaze pilots.

Local Spotlight: Castro’s Back Room; Bedford, NH

Castro’s Back Room – Bedford, NH

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Episode 58: Christmas Special 2018

Our Christmas special has most of the usual segments and banter, we do a little gift swap instead of the regular local spotlight. The Secret Santa Hidden Herf is a real wild-card and receives mixed reviews. We are joined by Big Man Tate on the remote where we recount the Federal Cigar Christmas Party and Cigar Yankee Swap. Of course, Conspiracy corner is framed around Christmas, religion, holidays and more.

“The Burner” Table Top Cigar Lighter by Alec Bradley

Colibri V-Cut Cigar Cutter

Cigar Authority 2018 Contenders

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Episode 57: Hookah Hacks
– Local Spotlight: Cloud Palace’s New VIP Room; Salem, NH

Whenever we throw a last minute recording session together it always turns out great. We drop in to the Cloud Palace mid week and have an opportunity to be joined by some of the Cloud Palace family members and their friends. The quests are on the hookahs and also join us for the Hidden Herf. We get schooled on the finer points of how hookahs work and we return the favor by holding a mini cigar lighting class. Nurse Rick gets a peek at the edge of Dommies Hidden Herf band and figures it out quickly. Mustang Mike surprises us by dropping in mid-show and gets into it with the guests.

Conspiracy Corner: Immigration, draining the swap, and Boston sports.

Local Spotlight: Cloud Palace’s New VIP Room; Salem, NH

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Episode 56: Sound Effects and E-mail
– Local Spotlight: Casa Fuente; Las Vegas, NV

We put together another classic “Hack” episode from the Nut-Nook. The Hidden Herf is pegged by Nick the Nasty right out of the gate. The Reverend Harvey runs down a long list of current events. Nurse Rick and Dommie the Dominator have new sound effects and throw them in all through the show. The Cuban Vixen calls in from Las Vegas to give us a surprise Local Spotlight report. A couple of suspect e-mails rolled in this week. We have a birthday surprise for Nurse Rick. JoJo Mo was watching curling so we gave him a call.

Local Spotlight: Casa Fuente; Las Vegas, NV

Conspiracy Corner: Just who is sending us e-mails, and is Mustang Mike really Q-Anon?

Casa Fuente; Las Vegas, NV

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Episode 55: Magazine
– Local Spotlight: Castro’s at The Station Bar; Keene, NH

After last week we calm down a little with a mellow smoke and episode. We still have a lot of fun with Podcast Juice and a bunch of Hack updates. Nurse Rick brings us a Hidden Herf suggested by our friend Erik Wentworth of Hammer and Sickle. The Reverend Harvey rolls through the current events with style. Bushy and the Dominator keep us in line. The magazine “falls out of the rafters” and lands in the middle of this episode. Pallets for the fire-pit, deer are everywhere, driving in the snow storm, Dom’s ventilation “hack”, some extra gas, and the Dudley. A shameless give-away is considered to encourage listener participation – send us an email at cigarhacks@cigarhacks.com and we may read it on the show.

Local Spotlight: Castro’s at The Station Bar; Keene, NH

Conspiracy Corner: We revisit the Denver Airport discussions.

Castro’s at The Station Bar; Keene, NH

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Episode 54: Off the Rails
– Local Spotlight: ???

Starting season 2 we have the largest panel so far, nine plus two call-ins. With this many voices things go off the rails early which makes for another interesting episode where we completely miss the local spotlight. Nick the Nasty brings us a nice surprise for the Hidden Herf, the Reverend Harvey runs through the Current Events, and Mustang Mike covers the Conspiracy Corner. We have a guest Hack from the motor city; Comedy Chris’ son Detroit Steve. Nurse Rick calls in Skippy from The Retrohale and JoJo Mo during the second half.  Corespondent Mike gets fired (again), Dommie the Dominator keeps us warm, ventilated and tends bar mixing Podcast Juice, while Cigar Hack Dave tries to herd all these cats.

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