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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler IX

8 Sep 2006

In our ongoing effort to make StogieGuys.com as entertaining and reader-friendly as possible, each Friday we’ll post a sampler of quick cigar news and stogie-related snippets to tide you over for the weekend. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

1) Only eight weeks after Colorado’s statewide smoking ban was thrust upon citizens by the state government, Denver’s ABC 7 reports many small bars have been devastated – losing up to 80 percent of their income. This crushing financial nightmare has triggered massive layoffs and sparked numerous brawls among patrons who are forced to go outside to smoke. Thankfully, a group of local bar owners – calling themselves the Coalition for Equal Rights – filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the ban. Good for them. There’s nothing constitutional about forcing your “high horse” agenda on private businesses and individuals.

2) As you know, we’re certainly not averse to passing along great deals to Stogie Guys Nation. With that in mind, I must inform you about this deal for a sampler of nine premium sticks – including Cohiba, Macanudo, and Partagas – for only $20. I’m pretty sure this is a good buy, but you do the math.

3) After gaining significant notoriety as of late, Rocky Patel recently decided to expand beyond the Honduran border into Nicaragua. No word yet on any lineup change. Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is headquartered in Naples, Florida and manufactures The Edge, Rocky Patel Vintage, and numerous other lines.

4) It is my distinct privilege to announce a brand new feature here at StogieGuys.com: our archived review page. This alphabetical listing of all of our published reviews will be a great resource for our loyal readers for years to come. You’ll be able to access this work-in-progress regularly by clicking on the “Archive of All Reviews” link on the sidebar (below the links to our most recent reviews). As an added bonus, in order to beef up the index, starting on Monday we’re launching a “Stogie Guys Week in Review” – a glorious week of uninterrupted cigar evaluations. See you then!

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7 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler IX”

  1. Patrick A Friday, September 8, 2006 at 10:28 am #

    Michael J. Gibbs- Of course I don't mind you discussing StogieGuys.com posts on your blog (especially if you're using them to rip on the government). In fact, I'm honored. Keep up the good work.

  2. Anonymous Friday, September 8, 2006 at 11:00 am #

    Great archives page. It’s cool now, but that should be one heck of a resource if you’re able to maintain it for years.

  3. Patrick A Friday, September 8, 2006 at 11:41 am #

    As always, remember to contact us if there’s a specific cigar you’d like us to review (especially if you want to send it to us). Have a great weekend!

  4. mjg Friday, September 8, 2006 at 2:45 pm #

    Great comment on the Colorado situation. Hope you don’t mind, used it as the basis for a riff against California’s Prop 86 on my blog…

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