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Harpoon UFO White

Wheat beer is (obviously) made with wheat. Doing so creates a much lighter color and more delicate flavor than beer made with barley and other grains. Historically, wheat has been a challenging grain to use in brewing, but when prepared well, a wheat beer can be quite distinctive and, in the eyes of many consumers, quite tasty- especially during the warm summers when the sun is beating down.

Beer companies have caught on to this, so be prepared to see advertisements such as Blue Moon and Shocktop Wheats, and this… Harpoon UFO White. Enter the summer wheat beers.

Origin: UFO White (Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA)

ABV: 4.8%

IBU: 11

STYLE: American White Ale

Harpoon UFO White, which began being distributed by Harpoon Brewing Company in 2009, is a light, crisp, refreshing beer that contains spiced wheat. Brewed with orange peel and a unique blend of spices, UFO White is the perfect choice for a summer’s barbecue, a night out with friends or any time you¹re thirsting for something a little different.

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Why Go To Cigar Events?

Funny thing is I actually had someone ask me this question a few weeks back.  “Why do you go to cigar events?”  Now granted this was from a non smoker who was scoffing me for smoking cigars anyways.  I took a moment to think about it, and it turns out there are a plethora of reasons to go.  Here’s our top 5.

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Press Release: Nomad Cigar Company To Release Nicaraguan Cigar At IPCPR

Nomad Cigar Company To Release Nicaraguan Cigar At IPCPR 

Orlando, FL (April 23, 2013) – Fred Rewey, founder and president of Nomad Cigar Company, formally announced the introduction of a Nicaraguan blended cigar to the Nomad family. The Nomad Estelí LE Lot 1386 will be released in July at IPCPR with future blends later in the year. 

Until now, Nomad’s entire production has been limited to Dominican Republic. The move of expanding the line to include Nicaraguan tobacco seemed a natural one. 

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How to Soothe a Hangover

It’s okay to get a little crazy on the weekend. Just make sure you can get through Monday.

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We’ve all been there. Your head is pounding, your vision blurring and that stomach of yours is churning. All thanks to a memorable weekend. Should you drag yourself into work looking like the ghost of whiskey shots past? Or, should you raise suspicions by calling in sick? We say neither. Part of being an adult is learning how to manage an occassional hangover. Here are some tips on how to overcome the effects of too many cocktails and a hard night spent on the bathroom floor.

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Craft Beer and You (The More You Know)

As familiar as we are with Anheuser, Coors, and Miller (The 3 titans of the US beer industry), there is no denying that craft beers are making a statement- so much in fact, that they have started cutting in to the profits of these behemoths (or the big 3, as they are known in the craft world). Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing bad about an American lager- hell, I often drink Miller Lite on a warm summer afternoon. Sometimes you just want it.

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Brooklyn Local 1 Belgian-Style Ale

Origin: Brooklyn Local 1 Belgian-Style Ale (Brooklyn Brewery, NY)

ABV: 9%

IBU: 26

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale (although not too hoppy)

I thought I’d start my first of many reviews with the Brooklyn Local 1 high gravity beer. I have been drinking this Belgian style beer for a couple of years now, and it has become my go-to high gravity beer for both the spring and the summer. Clocking in right at 9% alcohol content, it’s heavy enough to sip without making you feel overwhelmed.

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Welcome Richard (Doin Work) Freshwater aka Beer Guy

You asked for it, and we provided.  We would like to take a brief moment to introduce our good buddy and beer connoisseur Richard.  Richard, or “Doin Work” as we refer to him, will be bringing you weekly beer reviews, we welcome him to our team.

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My name is Richard, and beer is my middle name. When the guys at Keeping Your Man Card asked me to jump on board reviewing the finer beers in life, I couldn’t resist. My taste for beer started out like any other’s- I took my first sip and wondered why people even consumed this liquid… Realizing it’s an acquired taste, I continued, and I eventually started to wonder what else is out there. Boy was I surprised. There is literally a beer for EVERY person’s style. And that’s what I hope to cover here. I’m generally a high gravity Belgium style beer or wheat beer kinda guy, but there is literally a beer for EVERY person’s style- And that’s what I hope to cover here. Email, tweet, or post to our Facebook page!

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Drew Estate UF-13

Drew Estate UF-13

Drew Estate UF-13

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Dark

Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina

Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan

Size: 5 ½ x 52

Price: $14.50

For those of you that do not know, I was at one time considered to be a Liga whore.   At the time of the initial Liga #9 release, and for many months following, it was the only cigar I smoked.  Rumor has it I may or may not still have some of the original release sticks hidden away…  Fast forward a few years later and enter the Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Series UF-13.  Needless to say I was excited.  I will also once again give thanks to my regional Drew Estate rep Zev Kaminetsky for letting me know which of my local shops would be carrying them.

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Herrera Esteli

Herrera Esteli

Herrera Esteli

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Short Corona 5 ¼ x 46

Price: $8.20

The new Herrera Esteli was quite possibly one of the most anticipated new releases from cigar greats Drew Estate.  The initial release of the Herrera Esteli was a limited store release.  I only found these after contacting my local (Jeff “The Animal” Tinnell) and regional (Zev Kaminetsky) Drew Estate reps and asking, “WHERE CAN I FIND THESE?”

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Press Release: Against All Odds, Nomad Wins Cigar March Madness

Against All Odds, Nomad Wins Cigar March Madness. 

April 8, 2013 – In what became a true Cinderella story, new boutique cigar company Nomad won the Cigar March Madness event this year!

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