Quick Take: Indian Tabac Cigar Co. Hand Pressed Super Fuerte Maduro

Super Fuerte means super strong, and this Maduro stick from the Indian Tabac Cigar Co. has a kick, although I would not classify it as “super” strong.  This box pressed cigar is handmade in Honduras, and contains a blend of tobaccos from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. I was immediately impressed with the taste – […]

Tonight’s Tasting: West Coast Pale Ale (Home Brew) and Perdomo Reserve Maduro

Whoever wrote “it never rains in Southern California” hadn’t seen our weather of late.  (Actually it was

Quick Take: Siboney Robusto

Siboney (SEE-bow-Nay) is an in-house brand for Famous Smoke Shop, made by Alec Bradley. (Not to be confused with the Siboney Reserve cigars from Famous Smoke Shop, which are made by Don Pepin Garcia.) The Siboney consists of a blend of Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 & Honduran Criollo ’98 longfillers, Honduran binder, and a Honduran Trojes […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Cain F and Saison Rue Belgian-Style Ale

  Saison Rue Belgian-Style Ale, made with Rye and Brettanomyces What a find in my own backyard.  Just a month ago I discovered and wrote about the wonders of a yeast called Brettanomyces, or “Brett” for short, that is normally viewed as a contaminant.  As the Orval beer I was drinking demonstrated, this “contaminant” can […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Old Scratch Amber Lager and Gurkha Titan

You probably never saw it, but there was a relatively short-lived series on the USA Network called Saving Grace.  It was a cop show starring Holly Hunter as Grace, with the twist that Grace is being visited by an angel, who is attempting to save Grace from her self-destructive ways.  Anyway, in one of the […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Orval Trappist Ale and Joya de Nicaragua Fuerte Serie B

Slightly disappointed by last night’s random pairing, the only thing to do was head out onto the Lido deck and try to do a better job.  I selected a Belgium beer to increase the odds of a good choice – Orval Trappist Ale – and a Nicaraguan cigar for the same reason.  Tonight the Force […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Graycliff Profesionale, Pirate (6.0" x 52) and Dale Bros. California Black Beer

California Black Beer I tried, Dale Bros., I really tried.  I tried to wrap my mind and taste buds around this beer, but I couldn’t make it work.  You see, in concept the California Black Beer is supposed to be a classic American Style Dark Lager, according to the brewery’s website.  So, it pours dark […]

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 […]

Tonight’s Tasting: God of Fire by Carlito and Hoegaarden White Beer

Hey Federal Trade Commission.  You’re telling me and all the other bloggers that if we get paid for an endorsement, we damn well better disclose that fact, or face a penalty of $11,000.  Well no one has ever paid me for an endorsement, and if they ever had I wouldn’t need you to tell me […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Dixie Jazz Amber Light and G.A.R. Robusto

Dixie Jazz Amber Light I picked this one at random, not even noticing it was a light beer.  It’s a great concept, giving you the option of a light amber beer when you want to save a few calories (just 92.5 calories).  And the taste did not disappoint.  It pours dark, with a nice foam […]