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Stogies and Sips with Paul: Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged Cigars

A few weeks ago I was sitting on my porch with my cell phone in hand as I waited for the mail truck to arrive. I knew the delivery would be coming soon because I had the tracking info pulled up on my phone.  My wife was watering the flowers and commented on how ridiculous I was being. Then, BOOM, the truck pulled up. I think I knocked my wife over on my way to the mail truck. I grabbed the package from the mailman nearly tearing his arm off. There it was, in my hands, something I have been anticipating for nearly 2 months. It was my order of Imperial Stout Barrel Aged cigars. These cigars are a collaboration from Cigar Dojo and Camacho Cigars.

In 2015, Camacho pioneered the America Barrel-Aged cigar using tobacco aged in used American Whiskey barrels. The process of barrel aging the tobacco originates in Kentucky, the whiskey capital of the world. This is where the barrels used to create Heaven Hill Distilleries’ Bourbon are located. Heaven Hills is famous for making Elijah Craig, Parkers Heritage, and Larceny bourbons. These three unique bourbons are known to have complex flavors that partly emanate from the charred oak barrels that they are aged in. Camacho Cigars is one of the more renowned cigar companies in the world and is known for their bold and complex flavors. The introduction in 2015 of their whiskey barrel aged cigars proves they were up for the challenges set forward by Cigar Dojo. Cigar Dojo is known as the first and largest social cigar site in the world. They have collaborated on other projects in the past that have produced quality cigar offerings. But in my humble opinion, this is their most daring attempt to advance cigar tasting limits.

The Imperial Stout Barrel Aged Cigar was an idea that Cigar Dojo, who is in located in one of the craft beer hotspots in the world (Denver), came up with.  They were on the hunt for a locally brewed beer that would represent not only Cigar Dojo but also Colorado’s Craft Beer Community.  As fate would have it, Colorado’s own Oskar Blues had just recently barrel aged one of the most highly rated stouts in the country, their Ten-Fidy Imperial Stout.  After the Barrels were used to make the bourbons, Oskar Blues uses these barrels to age their Ten Fidy stout beer. After the Barrels have aged the stout for over four seasons, the selected barrels are then transported to Camacho’s facility located in Danli, Honduras where the Corojo tobaccos are aged for a minimum of six months.

Like most Dojos, you need to have a Master Sensei. That master is Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo. I was able to track down Eric and I was able to get his thoughts on the Imperial Stout Barrel Aged cigars (ISBA). When it comes to working with Camacho cigars Eric states that “working with Camacho on this project was the fulfillment of a dream. After all, these guys are legendary in the cigar business and they proved it by taking this cigar from concept to completion with perfection”. When the topic of craft beer is broached Eric states that “all of us at the Dojo are big craft beer nerds. Every Friday night we try new craft beers to see what pairs really well with the cigars. As you might imagine living in Colorado is a great place to be a craft beer fanatic.”

According to Eric “the Imperial Stout imparts a velvety smooth, yet deep malt flavor to the already rich Maduro tobacco. Everything about this cigar is deep, dark, and rich”, I couldn’t agree with him more. I found that these cigars were very well constructed. They burned evenly and were deliciously consistent throughout the smoke. There were only 4000 cigars produced in the Imperial Stout line and manufactured in the Vitola Toro of 6”x50.

If you are looking to purchase these fine smokes don’t bother, they are sold out.  So why would I even bring this topic up for you to read? I want to inform those who read sjbeerscene.com to know how interesting things are getting in the cigar/craft beer collaborative scene. My hope is that there are many more projects like this that will be created. As I have said before, craft beer and cigars are both products involving art and skill to create.

When it comes to my pairing for this article I went with the obvious, an Imperial Stout. The notes of malt, chocolate and faint hints of vanilla, probably from the bourbon, make these cigars a perfect compliment for the New Brighton Coffee Stout produced by Tuckahoe Brewing Company in Egg Harbor Township. The New Brighton is a Russian Imperial stout infused with Mexican Chiapas coffee grounds that really plays well with the hints of vanilla and the malt from the Imperial Stout Barrel aged cigars. When you smoke a stout why not drink a stout. I was amazed at how well these two creations really complimented each other.

 

I would like to thank Eric Guttormson for his cooperation in this article. I would also like to encourage all of my brothers and sisters on the sjbeerscene.com site to look into adding the Cigar Dojo app to your cellular device. With Cigar Dojo no one smokes alone.

Visit Cigar Dojo on the web at www.cigardojo.com

For the Cigar Dojo App click HERE

Breweries Events

Here’s What’s On Tap This Week!

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We have an exciting week of events for you this week highlighted by the first ever What’s On Tap Beer Festival at WheatonArts on Saturday, June 17th.  Don’t miss this one as there will be 25 breweries pouring over 5o beers.  Local breweries include the following:  Glasstown Brewing Company, Tomfoolery Brewing Co., Slack Tide Brewing Company,  7 Mile Brewery, Garden State Beer Company, Tuckahoe Brewing Company, Pinelands Brewing Company, and Cape May Brewing Company. Individual tickets just $34.99 and include general admission access, a souvenir festival mug and unlimited beer tastings for 4 hours.  Designated driver tickets are available as well for $10.00.  You need to get your tickets now as this event is expected to sell out.  Also you will be able to see a live taping of the “What’s on Tap” television show hosted by Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin that airs locally on SNJ40.  For Tickets Click the graphic below or go to whatsontap.beer!

 

Tuesday, June 13th

7 Mile Brewery will be having their weekly Quizzo night  with Joe Gaughan hosting at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate. And while you are there, have a pint or two of their locally crafted beer!

Pinelands Brewing Company have their weekly “Beer it Forward” night tonight.  10% of all sales on Tuesdays from 6-9pm are donated to a deserving organization.  This month the money will be donated to Small Steps In Speech and Team Red, White, and Blue in honor of National Military Month

Looking to plan a brew tour?  Check out our friend Rick at Day Sipper Wine and Brew Tours. We really love a lot of the local tour companies, but Rick gives you a unique, personal, fun, and informative ride in his VW Bus and has a wealth of knowledge about beer, wine, and the local scene.  We hear nothing but glowing reviews from patrons and brewery people.  Groovy!

Flat Stone Tavern & Grill is having Clamarama all day today, with specials on a variety of Clam dishes.  To help you wash down the clams, why not pick one of the 24 drafts that are on tap featuring many locals including Three 3’s, Cape May Brewing Company, and the Weyerbacher/Cape May collaboration Paradise 160.

Wednesday, June 14th

Slack Tide Brewing Company is open tonight from 4-8pm which would be the perfect time to join the Slack Tide Slacker Mug Club.  As a member you will receive benefits such as a Special 20 oz. Slacker Mug Club mug that can be filled at the tasting room for the same price as a 16 oz. pour, Club T-Shirt, Special release parties and other “members only” events, and discounts on Slack Tide Brewing apparel.  For more information stop by the tap room or check out them on the web HERE

Tomfoolery Brewing will be hosting Fool’s Trivia at 6:30 pm.

Cape May Brewing Co will be having a Tap Takeover at Blue Heron Pines with Live music, food and beer pairings and 5 lines of CMBC. They’ll be pouring The Bog, Summer Catch, Cape May IPA, Honey Porter and Tide Table Pale Ale from 6-8 pm.

Thursday, June 15th

Tuckahoe Brewing Company has extended their hours and is now open from 4-9pm on Thursdays which is great news for beer-lovers in South Jersey.  They are really making great beer and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable!

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It-Thursday features Rabbit Hill SMATH with Experimental Hops

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Volunteers in Medicine of South Jersey.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.  Stop by and support the organization and enjoy a beer in their amazing, must-see Taproom!

Garden State Beer Company’s Thursday Live Music Series will feature Beecher’s Fault from 8-10pm.  This band out of NYC just kicked off it’s Summer Tour and GSB Co. is one of the stops.  Stop by, grab a cold one and listen to some great music!

Friday, June 16th

Ludlam Island Brewery is open today and every day from 12-8pm.  Stop by the tasting room and grab a flight or two of their great selections!  Joe and Brad have been brewing up some interesting beers, and their fantastic Reuben is back on tap. This beer is their take on the classic German gosè style ale. Salty, sour, brewed with a bunch of rye and “dry hopped” with carraway seeds.  It is definitely one of  SJbeerscene.com’s favorite beers we have sampled this year.

Garden State Beer Company  will be having Quizzo at the Tap Room starting at 6:30

Did someone say Happy Hour?  Goodnight Irene‘s Friday Happy Hour happens from 4-7pm.  The outside bar is open so stop by and grab a beer from one of the best beer bars in South Jersey!

Glasstown Brewing Company is open from 12-9pm today.  Stop by and try one of their many great beers and grab some cans to take home!

A lot of people have been telling us great things about The Leatherhead Pub in Egg Harbor City.  This pub is housed in what was a firehouse that was built in 1918 and has great food to go along with their eclectic beer menu that features many local breweries along with unique selections from other breweries such as Bronx, Green Flash, and Founders.  You can check out the taplist on Beer Menus by following the link HERE

Saturday, June 17th

What’s On Tap Beer Festival at WheatonArts, Millville from 1-5pm.

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be featuring the music of Either Way from 8-11pm.  Their ever-changing well-curated taplist is one of the best in the state, and they also serve Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved eats!

Clayton Liquors is the place for take-out for local craft beer.  Raj curates 20 taps and fills Growlers and Crowlers with your favorite South Jersey Craft Beer.  The menu is constantly changing and is updated often on Beer Menus by clicking HERE.  Give them a follow on Facebook, Raj updates frequently for us beer nerds!

Why Not Spend Saturday with one of South Jersey’s Fine Breweries!

7 Mile Brewery will be open 12pm-10pm

Cape May Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Cold Spring Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Garden State Beer Company will be open 3pm-10pm

Glasstown Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

Ludlam Island Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Pinelands Brewing Companuy will be open 12pm-8pm

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be open 12pm-8pm

Three 3’s Brewing Company will be open 1pm-9pm

Tomfoolery Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm

Tuckahoe Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm 

Sunday, June 18th

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar boasts 40 taps of craft beer, plus their world famous secret Sunday Brunch!

Three 3’s Brewery is open today from 12-6pm with 12 taps flowing with great beer! Come by and have a beer, and they are pet friendly so you can bring your critter with you!

Breweries Events Food News

What’s On Tap This Week!

 Let Them Know You Found It On SJBeerscene.com!

Tuesday, June 6th

7 Mile Brewery will be having their weekly Quizzo night  with Joe Gaughan hosting at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate.  In addtion, the gang canned 262 cases of Beach Bubbles this week, A Belgian Wit base finished with pear essence and a champagne yeast, a highly drinkable Summer Beer!

Pinelands Brewing Company have their weekly “Beer it Forward” night tonight.  10% of all sales on Tuesdays from 6-9pm are donated to a deserving organization.  This month the money will be donated to Small Steps In Speech and Team Red, White, and Blue in honor of National Military Month

The Whitebrier in Avalon is celebrating 7 Mile Island Restaurant week with a 3 course beer-infused  menu featuring 7 Mile Brewery‘s 7 Mile IPA.  The 3 course menu will run you $30.17 and features an app, a main course, and a dessert.  For more info click HERE

Wednesday, June 7th

Slack Tide Brewing Company is open tonight from 4-8pm.  Tonight is the first night that you can join the Slack Tide Slacker Mug Club.  As a member you will receive benefits such as a Special 20 oz. Slacker Mug Club mug that can be filled at the tasting room for the same price as a 16 oz. pour, Club T-Shirt, Special release parties and other “members only” events, and discounts on Slack Tide Brewing apparel.  For more information stop by the tap room or check out them on the web HERE

Tomfoolery Brewing will be hosting Fool’s Trivia at 6:30 pm.

Cape May Brewery‘s One-Off Wednesday pour will be Grape Misty, Misty Dawn Saison with grape

 

Thursday, June 8th

Tonight is the night to watch our Editor and Co-Founder John Couchoud‘s television debut on “What’s On Tap” With Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin.  Catch the show on WMGM TV,  seen in South Jersey on channel 4 or 798 on X1 at 6:30.  Check out the show and let us know if television really does add 10 pounds!  Thanks to Slack Tide Brewing Company and Garden State Beer Company for giving us beers to sample on the show!  Also big thanks to Gary and Tara for having us and talking beer!  And remember the What’s On Tap Beer Festival is happening on Saturday, June 17th at WheatonArts in Millville!  Get your tickets HERE

Tuckahoe Brewing Co will be having a “Lu and Brew” LuLaRoe Sip and Shop event from 4-9pm.  Their will be 3 consultants with over 1000 pieces, a food truck, and great beer.

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It-Thursday features Hefeweizen Dry-Hopped with Lemondrop Hops.  I had a chance to have a taste of the Hefeweizen and adding the lemondrop hops will certainly add even more depth to this fantastic beer!

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village, a group that helps Historic Cold Spring Village in numerous ways.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.  Stop by and support the organization and enjoy a beer in their amazing, must-see Taproom!

Garden State Beer Company will kick off their Thursday Live Music Series with Sensacoustic from 8-10pm.  This is the perfect room to have a beer and catch some great live music!

Passion Vines Wine & Spirit Company are celebrating their new kegerator by having a Tap Takeover featuring 13 of Carton Brewing‘s beers.  Come out and join us as we help get the taps flowing!  Beer specials and the Carton Beer Rep will be on hand.  For more info, check out our piece on the website HERE

 

Friday, June 9th

Ludlam Island Brewery is open today and every day from 12-8pm.  Stop by the tasting room and grab a flight or two of their great selections!

Garden State Beer Company  will be having Quizzo at the Tap Room starting at 6:30

Did someone say Happy Hour?  Goodnight Irene‘s Friday Happy Hour happens from 4-7pm.  The outside bar is open so stop by and grab a beer from one of the best beer bars in South Jersey!

Glasstown Brewing Company is open from 12-9pm today.  Stop by and try one of their many great beers and grab some cans to take home!

Chickie’s & Pete’s in EHT has one of the best beer selections around.  Alvin Cintron does a great job curating the offerings and is one of the biggest supporters of Craft Beer in South Jersey!  It is almost criminal that they have such a great beer list and Crab Fries!  Check out their website or Facebook to see their current beer list and food specials

Saturday, June 10th

Cape May County Brew Tours will be hostin a tour Saturday 6/10/17 starting at 12pm. The Tour will be visiting, in no specific order, Ludlum Island Brewery, Slack Tide Brewery, 7 Mile Brewery, and Cape May Brewery. Lunch will be at the Barefoot Bar & Restaurant.  Visit their website HERE to reserve your spot!

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be featuring the music of Adam Holcombe from 8-11pm.  Their ever-changing well-curated taplist is one of the best in the state, and they also serve Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved eats!

Rocco’s Town House in Hammonton will be have 4 Kane beers on tap today including Morning Bell, Corduroy Lines, Head High, and Overhead.  Stop in for a pint and grab a bite to eat of their fantastic food!

Clayton Liquors is the place for take-out for local craft beer.  Raj curates 20 taps and fills Growlers and Crowlers with your favorite South Jersey Craft Beer.  The menu is constantly changing and is updated often on Beer Menus by clicking HERE.  Give them a follow on Facebook, Raj updates frequently for us beer nerds!

Why Not Spend Saturday with one of South Jersey’s Fine Breweries!

7 Mile Brewery will be open 12pm-10pm

Cape May Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Cold Spring Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Garden State Beer Company will be open 3pm-10pm

Glasstown Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

Ludlam Island Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Pinelands Brewing Companuy will be open 12pm-8pm

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be open 12pm-8pm

Three 3’s Brewing Company will be open 1pm-9pm

Tomfoolery Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm

Tuckahoe Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm 

Sunday, June 11th

Garden State Beer Company will be having Paints and Pints with Jen from 1-4 pm.  Jen brings everything you need to paint a pretty picture, this week’s painting is “Cattail Sunset”. Registration is required on the webiste by following this link HERE

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar boasts 40 taps of craft beer, plus their world famous secret Sunday Brunch!

Attention Beer People!

If your brewery, bar, or bottle shop has an event they would like to include in our weekly listing email us at tara@sjbeerscene.com

Breweries Events News

Sea Isle City Beer Festival Was Fun!

 

We had a great time at The Sea Isle Beer Fest on Saturday!  The weather was beautiful, the beer was flowing, and there was a great crowd!  Kudos to Denis Brown and the Stallion Marketing team, Kix McNutleys, the Sea Isle PD, and everyone who attended.  This is a great event that only gets bigger every year!  Cheers!