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We came. We roasted. We toasted.
But we did it. We puffed and chugged our way through our fourth Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival on Saturday, August 26th, after enjoying a day in the sun to sip suds and puff clouds of grey smoke. As the festival ‘wrapped’ up, we reminisced about our favorite pour, favorite puff and the many take-aways a festival like this can present. As we ventured out to document the festivities and to bring back some new recommendations for you to try, with our lungs charred and our palates shot, we come back with hope you take a few moments to check out these great photos showcasing the event and hope to see you there next year!
Cochon555 made a successful return to Denver on Sunday with almost 500 guests enjoying more than 1,500 pounds of family farm-raised pork. The event also raised $7,000 for Piggy Bank, a charity supporting family farms through education, resources and more.
Cigar purists are just like craft beer purists. That’s not a defamatory statement. That’s a big compliment. They embrace and showcase the vibrancy of their industry, the love of the leaf and the camaraderie that goes hand in hand with their hobby. They fight against regulation and the proverbial ‘man’ that holds them down, that tries to snub them out. While we feel their pain with the latter and their ongoing trials and tribulations with smoking ban after smoking ban, we see the big brands buying up our favorite craft breweries and controlling their distribution.
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With a year under our belt, Chris Day and myself ventured back up to Broomfield for our second Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival over the weekend. We recruited our old friends Will Dozier and Lynn Thayer to help us celebrate festivities and help out with photography. We’ll recap our travels and triumphs here and would love to hear everyone else’s feedback as well.
All photos provided by Will Dozier and Lynn Thayer
I distinctly remembered leaving last year’s Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival feeling like I had done something illegal, as if I had snuck into first class mid-flight, or was mistaken for a movie star and gotten into a private party. See when I left VBBB last year I had just encountered one of the greatest collections of rare/phenomenal beers assembled in one place.
It has been a crazy ride for us this past 6 months. In June of 2012 we set out to create a fun side project for our group of friends as an excuse to write again, and more importantly drink beer. What has transpired is a group of nearly 60 writers, editors, and staff members who have volunteered their time to create something truly amazing.