Cigar Review: Romeo Y Julieta 1875 Churchill

Bless my wife. She’s not totally sold on the health benefits of cigar smoking, so she’s not entirely on board with my cigar smoking ways, wanting to keep me healthy and all. But that didn’t keep her from buying me a box of cigars when she came across a cigar road show while shopping at […]

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve (SCR) Robusto

I was looking around my humidor for a cigar to review, and wondered how I came to be in possession of not one, not two, but five Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve Robustos. Then I remembered that I won them in a raffle at the 8Eightyeight Cigar Lounge in Fullerton. Thanks 8Eightyeight. Dang, I hope it’s a […]

Cigar Review: La Aurora 1495 Series Robusto (Corojo)

Another mystery cigar from the ol’ humidor. I didn’t buy it, and I’m pretty good about segregating cigars sent for review, so perhaps it’s a holdover from my last Big Smoke. Some quick research revealed that the 1495 series cigars are made up of a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with a Dominican Corojo binder and a […]

Cigar Review: Macanudo Cru Royale Robusto

I admit to a bit of snobbery when it comes to Macanudo cigars. I’ve been to a couple of wedding receptions where boxes of Macanudos are brought out, offered because they are a safe choice. Mild with no chance of offending. Along the lines of offering Corona as the beer. Sometimes I select a cigar […]

Quick Review: Alec Bradley Black Market Robusto

I smoked two of these over the course of a couple of weeks, and here are my impressions. Nice dark appearance, perfect construction and held up nicely to guillotine cut. Taste was not harsh but not particularly complex. Spice and very subtle chocolate. No significant change in taste during entire stick. Burn was perfect. A […]

Ride Review — Ride The Coast 2012

Each year the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Ana sponsor a police-escorted ride in the Orange County area.  This is I think the fifth time I’ve been on the ride, and while it has always been a favorite, they continue to impress me. First is the ride itself. In one past year I recall, […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Undercrown by Drew Estates and Go Team! by The Bruery

I picked a great pair tonight! The fine, fine people at BnB Tobacco sent me some cigars to review, and with the weather on the Lido Deck finally back to cigar smoking temperatures, I was able to grab one for tonight’s tasting, paired with a nice Belgian-style ale from The Bruery. Undercrown by Drew Estate Robusto […]

Tonight’s (Superbowl) Tasting: Samuel Adams Infinium and CAO OSA Sol

Samuel Adams Infinium For the past couple of years, the Boston Beer Company and Germany’s Weihenstephan Brewery have joined forces to create what they characterized as an entirely new style of beer, a champagne-like ale called Infinium. Infinium comes in a 750 ml champagne bottle, complete with foil, wire and cork. The beer (champagne?) poured […]

Jubel 2010 Once a Decade Ale Beer Review

Jubel 2010 Once a Decade Ale This waxed beauty from Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery has been sitting in my fridge since, well, 2010. It’s about a $13 bottle of beer so I suppose I kept putting it off for a special occasion. Tonight I felt like drinking it, and that was special occasion enough. The […]

Los Angeles Beer Festival 2011 a Bust

I’ve been to the Los Angeles Beer Festival at Union Station for the past two years, and it has proven to be very inconsistent. Last year it was nearly perfect.  The festival is held at Union Station in Los Angeles, and therefore takes driving out of the equation.  Jump on a train to Los Angeles, take […]