With a hint of Ebola in the air, the Cretins gathered for Blowin' Smoke 210!
Armed with a new Cigar of the Day, and a new Cigar Match, it was high time to dispel the fear and myths of the Ebola virus. So, with our projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea temporarily under control, we checked in with the official Blowin' Smoke physician, Dr. HardCrab, for the "real" facts. Or not.
We also listed our eight cigars we would want in the event of an Ebola quarantine.
We talked to Chris Kelly for the latest Smoke Buzz, checked out the latest Cosmo for a new look at what the chicks are reading, and explored some weird news from the internet.
A early taste of fall made the Havana Room perfect for Blowin' Smoke #209!
The little chill in the air had the coffee pot make an appearance along with our new Cigar of the Day from Miami Cigar & Company giving the Cigar Match a new contender. Plus, we welcomed @cigar_maverick to the Havana Room and officially christened him a Cretin.
Chris Kelly delivered the latest Smoke Buzz, Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars called in from the road and let us know what he's working on for 2015 and how he's doing awaiting the birth of his first child, and we chose a winner in our "Orgasm Killer" contest with @RobynCigar and Villiger Cigars.
Plus, a new installment of what the chicks are reading, a new 5 Things from our guest Cretin, and more.
So, grab a smoke and a drink, and join the herf. It's Blowin' Smoke #209!
Back after a summer vacation hiatus, it's Blowin' Smoke #208!
Summer finally arrived in Blowin' Smoke country with heat and humidity reaching sticky heights in the Havana Room, but with a supply of Yoo-hoo in the fridge and cigars in hand, the Cretins got back in the groove with special guest @RobynCigar from Villiger Cigars in the house to talk about the variety of tasty Villiger smokes you might not know about and change any preconceptions you may have about this storied old name in tobacco worldwide.
We sparked up a new Cigar of the Day, updated the current Cigar Match, talked with Chris Kelly of Leaf Lovers Tobacconist about the latest Smoke Buzz, answered some listener email questions, and more.
@RobynCigar handled What The Chicks Are Reading with her own style of grace and enthusiasm (the Cretins were taking notes), and Cretin Ken looked back on our recent road trip to the annual Chattanooga Tweet-up & Cigar Festival with a new 5 Things.
So, give a toot of the Gold Bond, pour a tall cold one, and fire up a favorite cigar for almost three hours of Blowin' Smoke #208!
Another sticky day in the Havana Room means El Freako has to replace his ice packs, and it's Blowin' Smoke 207!
Well, maybe not replace them, but definitely clean, sterilize, and disinfect them. You'll find out why throughout the show...a show where Cretin Kevin took over the host mic again so El Freako could get comfy (read: sticky) in the man chair. As always, we offered up a new Cigar of the Day to do battle with the Cigar Match champion, talked about the up coming trade show, government regulation, and making sure you do your part...even when it feels futile.
We grabbed the latest Cosmo for a new look into what the chicks are reading, and offered up some odd news stories from the interwebs too. Most importantly, we suffered through heat, humidity, cold beer, ice packs, premium cigars, delicious locally made all beef hot dogs and a crock full of baked beans just for you. We love you.
So, send some lovin' back this way. Grab an ice pack, a fine cigar, and an adult beverage (chilled, preferably), and join the herf on Blowin' Smoke 207!
Two words, when used together, conjure images not easily unseen, and can cause reactions not easily controlled...such as tremors, watery eyes, and throwing up in your mouth. The two words? Sticky...and Cretin.
Lucky for you, Blowin' Smoke 206 took full exposure to the contagion and has quarantined the nasty to the Havana Room. Yeah...lucky for you...it's Blowin' Smoke 206!
On this episode, we played out a little friendly Q&A competition with some listeners to award a post-Cigar Crawl snack pack of goodies. Did YOU know all the answers? Check it out.
Also, Chris Kelly delivered the Smoke Buzz live from the Havana Room, and it had a little good news for a change. Plus, a new Cigar of the Day, a new Cigar Match, a new report on what the chicks are reading, a new 5 Things direct from a national home brewers conference attended by Cretin Ken, and lots more.
So, pop a penicillin, spray that Gold Bond, and light up a fine cigar with the Cretins for Blowin' Smoke 206!
It's the annual Cretin conundrum. Do we celebrate the long awaited end of cold and wet weather, or bitch about the heat and humidity of summer afternoon herfs in the Havana Room? It's enough to drive a Cretin psycho...or Psyko 7, as the case may be, for Blowin' Smoke #205!
Herfin' on the heels of the recent 16th annual Western Pennsylvania Cigar Crawl, the Cretins have completed their recovery and rehabilitation regimen and are ready for the summer herfin' season. While we may be a little low on Gold Bond for the Havana Room stickies, we've made up for it with cold brews. Our special guest Dan even brought a growler of some delicious West Salem Wit from Just Another F*@#ing Brewery (JAFB) in Wooster, Ohio. Damn nice on a hot day!
We all sparked up a new Cigar of the Day, and didn't know how to feel about the recent epic Cigar Match battle. Chris Kelly brought the Smoke Buzz with a scoop announcement on a new cigar being released soon. Plus, we talked about the recent Cigar Crawl and announced a contest where you could win a big bunch of stuff from the Cigar Crawl. Entries are date sensitive so be sure to enter early!
So, grab a cold one and light a fat one and join the herf with Blowin' Smoke #205!
The Cretins need help. That's obvious, but who is up to the task? Who can cut through the clouded minds of the Cretins and the typical Blowin' Smoke listener when it comes to relationships?
The Date Doctor! That's who. And he's back for the Date Doctor On Tour part 2, and he made an appointment with Blowin' Smoke #204. So, we're talking cigars, dating psychology, and whatever else is rattling around in the Cretin craniums and listener's love lives.
There's a new cigar in the Leccia Tobacco stable and that means a head to head family feud Cigar Match...AGAIN! Chris Kelly has our latest Smoke Buzz. There is an unusual festival in Japan that's hard to miss, and apparently bushy eyebrows and dark eyes mean more than bushy eyebrows and dark eyes.
Plus, don't look now, but a Cretin chick got ahold of the Cosmo and has the latest installment of what the chicks are reading. It's a mouthful!
All this and a lot more! So, grab your favorite stick and chew on some ice for Blowin' Smoke #204
Ready for summer. Ready for the Date Doctor on Tour 2. Ready for the 2014 Cigar Crawl. It's Blowin' Smoke #203!
Armed with a new Cigar of the Day and some delicious home brew from our brew meister Cretins, we are anxiously counting down the days to some of the most fun cigar events around...the 16th annual Western Pennsylvania Cigar Crawl, and the return of Doctor K for the Date Doctor On Tour 2...both in late May 2014.
The latest Smoke Buzz with Chris Kelly, however, reminds us that our adult enjoyment of cigars is constantly under attack...currently by the FDA, and WE MUST SPEAK UP! Please leave your intelligent, specific, informed, educated, and mature comments as to why the FDA should not be in the business of regulating premium handmade cigars. Our friends at CigarCraig.com and at Halfwheel have easy links to take you right to the comments section of this intrusive and destructive proposal. Do it! Do it now! Or all this...your access to...your ability to afford...your ability to make your own decisions goes away by the hand of an ever encroaching government.
We also talked about what entices you to attend special cigar events at cigar shops, raising pigs to taste like whiskey, tag team tasing by some baby mommas, how not to break your nose, and more odd stories from the net. Plus stuff the chicks are reading right out of the latest Cosmo, and 5 Things about baby making, and more.
It's a great day for a herf, they say. It's an even better day for Blowin' Smoke #202!
Armed with a new Cigar of the Day, the Cretins took full advantage of the sunshine and warm temps by cracking an extra window in the Havana Room and enjoying an extra beer or two while they tackled the important issues of the day such as performance art, nudist beer festivals, getting lucky with curvy chicks, and a threat to our beloved bacon supply among others.
Plus, a new Smoke Buzz with Chris Kelly...time to call your elected hacks again...a new report on what the chicks are reading, and a special deal from Commonwealth Cedar Spills for you Cretins all over the world.
So, join the herf! Spark up a fine cigar and pour an adult beverage. It's Blowin' Smoke #202!
What's this? Sunshine? A whiff of corn dogs in the air? Aerosol cheese? It must be Blowin' Smoke #201!
With an entire weekend of warm sunny weather, the Cretins didn't know what to do with themselves. So, they ended up doing what they usually do...herfin'. With a new Cigar of the Day, some Goat Boy from Southern Tier Brewing, and stash of tasty corn dogs, we dropped anchor in the Havana Room.
Why corn dogs, you ask? Well, for that, we talked to our good friend Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars. It seems he partakes in an annual corn dog tradition and we decided to try it for ourselves. For a little history of the corn dog, check this out.
We also talked about the latest medical breakthrough to hit the media and asked our creative listeners for some assistance in marketing this new medical miracle. Plus, a new round of what the chicks are reading, 5 Things, a new Date Doctor tour, the winner in the Lumberjack Kevin 5K contest, and more!
So, grab a corn dog, a tall drink, and a fine cigar. It's time for Blowin' Smoke #201!
Two hundred! Doscientos. Two Benjamins. Regardless of how you say it, it's a whole lot of cigars, good friends and BS. It's Blowin' Smoke episode 200!
Wow! Over 8 years of the Blowin' Smoke Podcast and we have reached number 200. In a lot of ways, it's just another show...more doing what we do, and having fun doing it, but there is something to be said about hitting the 200 mark.
You, the listener...the Cretins...the sponsors...the many many friends we have made in the cigar industry...and my very supportive, patient and tolerant family who welcomes a house full of cigar smoke drenched crazies a couple times a month. Thank you, all, very much for your part in reaching this little milestone of 200 episodes.
Adding to the fun, the new Cigar of the Day is a mystery smoke unveiled after the Cretins' final review and the new challenger in the Cigar Match. Be sure to cast your vote.
The phones were busy with friends and listeners checking in to tell us what they have learned from 199 previous episodes of Blowin' Smoke. Some of the answers were predictable...some not so much. Plus, we had a new report on what the chicks are reading, along with the latest Smoke Buzz with Chris Kelly, and more.
So, light up a special cigar and join us as we celebrate Blowin' Smoke Podcast #200!
Losing an hour of sleep, but smoking an extra cigar...or three, it's Blowin' Smoke #199!
With hopes that daylight savings time will begin to bring us more tolerable herfing weather, the Cretins gathered to celebrate the coming spring and a little St. Patrick's Day green with a new Cigar of the Day, and kickoff a little spring fling cigar three-way. Along with a new Smoke Buzz, a new Cosmo, and some new home brew, we also talked to Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars about their new cigar being released next month, and the results of the little name contest we recently held for it.
Plus, some of our listeners checked in with thoughts on how the time change effects their cigar smoking, and we announced a new contest centered around one of our Cretins competing in a 5K race. Yes...we had our doubts too.
So, check your clocks, grab a fine cigar, and join the herf! It's Blowin' Smoke #199!
What's this? A bump in the polar vortex? A wrinkle in the space-time continuum? Or just a case of laziness? Whatever you call it, it's still Blowin' Smoke #198!
For the first time ever, your El Freako has voluntarily stepped away from the host microphone and demoted himself to lowly Cretin status for an episode of Blowin' Smoke leaving master control in the hands of Cretin Kevin. So, what happened? How'd he do? Were there any injuries? Can you really dunk Samoa Girl Scout Cookie in Flor de Cana 12 yr rum? You be the judge.
We talked about surviving this harsh cold winter as a cigar smoker, and diverted into some fun craft beer talk with our resident home brewers, Cretin Dan and Cretin Ken. We also talked about coffee preferences and personalities, and even about tea. Hey, it's all about the pairings, right?
From the comfy confines of the Man Chair, your El Freako took on some Cretin duties like actually smoking and reviewing the latest Cigar of the Day, and handling the latest installment of what the chicks are reading. Plus, we checked in with Chris Kelly of Leaf Lovers for the latest Smoke Buzz, and reminded you about your last chance to enter a great contest with 262 Cigars and Commonwealth Cedar Spills.
And we said goodbye to a good friend.
So, sit back, and brace yourself...preferably with a fine cigar and some rum & cookies...for Blowin' Smoke #198!
Riding the Polar Vortex with a stuffed groundhog, it's Blowin' Smoke #197!
We're back after a weather-related delay and ready for some herfage. Armed with a new Cigar of the Day, some Buck Snort Stout from our local North Country Brewing, and a brand new Cosmo, the Cretins are rested and ready.
It's contest time! DING! 262 Cigars is about to release a new cigar and you could win a FULL BOX of them, PLUS a year's supply of Commonwealth Cedar Spills, PLUS some snacks from your El Freako! How? You've got to listen to find out, and do it fast because there is a deadline for entry.
We also checked in with Chris Kelly for the latest Smoke Buzz, talked about Olympic winter games that should be, and managed to tie that into our latest investigative report on what the chicks are reading.
All that and more is just a click away right here on Blowin' Smoke #197!
New year...same Cretins. Well, you work with what you've got, right? So, it's off and running with Blowin' Smoke #196!
With a list of failed resolutions already on the trash heap, the Cretins wanted to hear from listeners who might be holding on to theirs, or who just had some things they wanted to talk to the Cretins about. We sacrificed the first Cigar of the Day of the new year, continued a sweet winning streak in the Cigar Match, checked in with Chris Kelly for the latest Smoke Buzz, and enjoyed a break from the recent sub-zero temperatures.
Plus, an ancient question about dogs may have finally been answered, and our investigative series into what the chicks are reading continued with the arrival of a new Cosmo. Coincidentally, that tied into some of the other weird stuff we found to talk about. Brace yourself.
So, jump right in, the water is fine. The Cretins, on the other hand, are anybody's guess. Grab a fine cigar and join the herf. Blowin' Smoke #196
Check out some of the selfies below that were tweeted in during the show, plus a few from inside the Havana Room.