Tonight’s Tasting: Partagas Black Label Pronto and Spezial Pilsner

Life is good.  I scored with an impulsive cigar purchase, and I scored with tonight’s random pairing. Partagas Black Label Pronto (4 3/16″ x 36) The impulsive purchase in question was a box of Partagas Black Label Prontos.  You need to understand that I don’t buy boxes of cigars.  There are just too many great […]

Two Cool iPhone Apps to Help With Your Beer “Research”

Any app that can help with the task of finding and researching beer is okay in my book.  I found a couple that now hold places of honor on my iPhone. The problems with so many iPhone apps that rely on data bases is that the data is so sparse that they little more than […]

Check Out

I wanted to give a heads-up for a new cigar site that contacted me —  As soon as I get a chance to order from them I’ll follow up with a review, but I really like the site and the selection of cigars, including one of my favorites — God of Fire.  The site […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet and Tire Bite Golden Ale

Temperatures in Southern California are back in the 80s.  The motorcycle is back on the road and the Lido Deck was singing its siren’s song.  Time for a pairing of beer and cigar. Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet, Magnum (6.0″ x 50) I went to my humidor with no particular stick or style in mind, but […]

OC Beer Festival Set for May 15, 2010

The fine folks that brought us the Orange County Beer Festival last year were kind enough not to make us wait an entire year for a repeat.  The event was both magnificent and munificent last year, and in my review I suggested that any self-respecting beer drinker west of the Mississippi should plan on attending […]

Deals at Total Wine & More

If you live in one of the nine states where Total Wine & More does business, you would do well to get on the mailing list.  You will receive periodic coupons, like this month’s, for $2 of each four or six-pack of beer, up to four.  Hey, eight bucks is eight bucks.  As you can […]

OC Beer Fest 2009 at Irvine Lake

I may have well experienced the biggest tease of my adult life, and it was all self-imposed.  Here is how it came about. Weeks ago I signed up to go to the OC Beer Fest at Irvine Lake, to be held on Sunday, August 30, 2009.  I think it was a first time thing, because […]

Another Great Gurkha Special

Suddenly I’m a shill for the cigar retailers.  I told you about another Gurkha special a few days ago, so I guess it’s only fair to give Thompson Cigar equal time.  Thompson is running a one week special that includes 15 Gurkha cigars and a rosewood humidor for just $59.  Strangely, the link stopped working […]

Amazing Gurkha Cigar Special by Cigar International

I don’t normally pimp for cigar retailers, but Cigar International is offering a screaming one day deal on Gurkha 12-cigar combos.  If interested, go to