On Saturday July 25th, BriarLab hosted their first open house event inviting pipe makers, smokers, collectors, and friends into their shop. (They officially opened in December of 2014.) From 2pm to 12am, pipe smokers from around the country (and even Canada!) were welcomed into the shop to meet its curators and members and educate themselves on the mission of BriarLab.
Before I discuss the days events, I’d like to cue you in on the past, present, and future of BriarLab. I was able to sit down with Michael Lindner and Nate King for a private interview before the event to discuss their ambitions and how they want to turn them into a reality. At first glance, BriarLab seems to be a co-op for pipe makers to share the same space and ideas. In reality, it is much more than that.
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Kansas City pipe restoration specialist, George Dibos. George has been restoring pipes for decades, and is so sought after that he hasn’t taken on new clients in several years. He is a member of the Kansas City pipe club, and hosts a seminar on pipe restoration at their show each year. In "Pipe Parts", Brian will talk about his trip to Denver and the tobacco outlet scene. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!
Would it really blow your skull into giblet bits if you learned that your FDA (they work for us, you know) in all of its wisdom created a real boogie man monster within the deepest regions of their tobacco regulations? Oh, to be sure. Let me explain.
Back in 2009 when the FDA issued its regulations for The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the agency had to satisfy a law put in place during the Reagan presidency. This Regannomics law stipulated that any new regulatory stricture created by the bureaucracy had to define the cost-benefits of such a law. Well, holy tobacco leaf!
The Seattle Pipe Club’s latest gift to the community is live on the store shelves now: Potlatch, the second of the wave of new blends from the club, is available for your smoking pleasure at most retailers nationwide. Debuting at the Chicago show—the highlight of the piping year—and containing nearly every type of tobacco known to man, it makes a fitting centerpiece for this latest run of tobaccos blended by Joe Lankford.
Kevin GodbeeThank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured [...]
It's been called the super bowl of premium tobacco, the CES, the E3, the … insert the biggest trade show in said industry and you have it. IPCPR or International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers 83rd Annual Convention and Trade Show (say that 3 times fast) is where the industry meets and your local tobacconists come to buy cigars, pipes, and pipe tobacco. Not only that, many use the opportunity to drum up press about their brands and release new products. Unfortunately for most of you, dear readers, it is not open to the public. But retailers and press are allowed in, so I am able to report to you as much as I can about the new and cool things coming out in 2015 and 2016 to your local tobacco store or retailer.
Back in August of last year, we took a look at Cornell & Diehl's Cellar Series project—blends specifically designed for the hobbyist with aging in mind. [The Joy of Smokes] Perique was and is the driving force for the flavor profiles of the blends, as this condimental tobacco's propensity to soften and season the mix are well-known and, if not predictable, surely amenable. Virginias of course provide the backbone, with high sugar content giving them the longevity and structure. Then come the supporting players of burley, Oriental and Cavendish, fine-tuning the chorus. The first three entries, Joie de Vivre, Oak Alley, and Chenet's Cake, were standouts to be sure. The two newest follow-ups, Old Grove and Bourbon Bleu, carry on the high standard of innovation and skillful blending we expect from C&D splendidly.