Monday, October 28, 2019

Beehive Cigars - Candela/Maduro/Natural - Toro

 
Strength:  medium
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Candela/Maduro/Natural
Shape:  straight
Length:  6”
Ring size:  52
Approx. cost:  $8
Bdawg says:  What a cool looking cigar!  The wrapper is barber pole style, oily, and very well constructed.  The draw is easy producing a powdery white ash.  The flavor is tart, cedar and cool tobacco.  The burn was slow and even.  

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Room 101 - Farce - Toro

 
Strength:  medium
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Ecuadorean Habano
Length:  6”
Ring size:  54
Approx. cost:  $12
Bdawg says:  This is a great cigar.  The wrapper is medium reddish brown, mottled with a darker brown and nicely constructed.  The draw is easy producing a powdery gray ash.  The flavor is balsa wood and light burnt caramel.  The burn was slow and even.  

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Puro Ambar - Legacy - Gran Toro

 
Strength:  Medium full
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Dominican T13
Shape:  straight
Length:  6.5”
Ring size:  54
Approx. cost:  $2.75
Bdawg says:  Pretty good stick for the price.  This Dominican puro features a wine fermented Criollo ‘98 binder.  The wrapper is Medium reddish brown, oily and nicely constructed.  The draw is easy producing a powdery white ash.  The flavor is full yet smooth coffee and oak.  The burn was slow and even.  

Tabac Trading Co. - Muestra de Tabac - Trifecta

 
Strength:  medium full
Origins:  Nicaragua
Wrapper:  Half Habano and Half Maduro
Shape:  double footed perfecto
Length:  5.5”
Ring size:  64
Approx. cost:  $12
Bdawg says:  This is a very unique cigar.  A double footed perfecto that can be smoked at either end.  (Patent Pending). The cigar is very firm.  The Habano end of the wrapper is light brown and nicely constructed.  The Maduro end of the wrapper is dark brown, oily and rustically constructed.  The draw is easy producing a good amount of billowy smoke and a salt and pepper colored ash.  The flavor is coffee and light pepper with a slight sweetness on the finish.  The burn was slow and even.  


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Guardian of the Farm - Nightwatch - Orpheus

 
Strength:  full
Origins:  Nicaragua
Wrapper:  Nicaragua Jalapa Maduro
Shape:  straight
Length:  6”
Ring size:  44
Approx. cost:  $8.25
Bdawg says:  The wrapper is dark brown oily and well constructed.  The draw is easy producing a salt and pepper colored ash.  The flavor is dark coffee, leather and strong black pepper.  The burn is slow and even.  

La Flor Dominica - Maduro Cabinet - #5

 
Strength:  full
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Shape:  straight
Length:  6.25”
Ring size:  52
Approx. cost:  $9
Bdawg says:  The wrapper is a beautiful dark brown mottled with a lighter brown, oily and a little rustic in it's construction.  The draw is easy producing a salt and pepper ash.  The flavor is coffee and oak and dark molasses.  The burn is slow and even.  Very nice!


La Aurora - Karl Malone Barrel Aged - Churchill

 
Strength:  medium 
Origins:  Dominican Republic 
Wrapper:  Ecuadorean Habano 
Shape:  straight
Length:  7”
Ring size:  47
Approx. cost:  $10
Bdawg says:  This is somewhat of a unique cigar.  Per the website:  “The tobaccos—with the exception of the wrapper—were aged for six months in rum barrels, aged for six years using traditional methods and then aged for another six months in barrels.“
The wrapper is medium brown and rustically constructed.  The draw is easy producing a powdery white ash.  The flavor is smooth coffee with cream and light cedar.  The burn was slow and even.  

Click here for more information on La Aurora Cigars

Old Nation Brewery - Williamston, MI

 
Location:  1500 E Grand River Ave, Williamston, MI 48895
Phone:   
(517) 655-1301
Website: 
https://oldnationbrewing.com/
Hours:  Sun-Thur 11am-10pm;  Fri-sat 11am-12am
Selection:  about 12 beers on tap
Food:  yes burgers, sandwiches, tots

Bdawg says:  A mdium sized brewery with a friendly mid-western vibe.  The food is just OK, but the beer is fantastic!

Left to right
Boss Tweed - NE DIPA
9.3% abv,  4 Hearts

Brut IPA
7% abv,  3.5 Hearts

Belgian Club of Thailand - Belgian Tripel
11.1% abv,  3.5 Hearts

M-43 - NE IPA
6.8% abv,  3.5 Hearts

Ten Penny Bit - Scotch Ale
5.1% abv,  3 Hearts

The tap board.

Inside the tap room.

West Fork Distillery - Indianapolis, IN








Location:  1660 Bellefontaine St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone:  (317) 672-7468
Hours:  Tue-Thu 4pm-10pm; Fri 4pm-11pm; Sat 1pm-11pm; Sun 1pm-6pm; Mon closed
Bdawg says: This is a small local distillery with an industrial-chic vibe.  Whiskey and spirits are distilled on site and they do give tours.  Friendly place to hang out and enjoy a whiskey flight or a craft cocktail.  
Bdawg enjoying a whiskey flight.

Inside the small distillery.


Cool mural on the outside of the building.  

At home, enjoying a glass of West Fork - The Colonel Bourbon and a Rocky Patel Decade Cameroon.

Upland Brewing - Indianapolis (Fountain Square)

 
Location:  1201 Prospect St., Indianapolis, IN 46203
Phone:   
(317) 672-3671
Website: 
https://www.uplandbeer.com/locations/fountainsquare/
Hours:  Sun-Thur 11am-11pm;  Fri-sat 11am-12am
Selection:  about 20 beers on tap
Food:  yes full menu

Bdawg says:  This is the newest of Upland's 7 locations.  It specializes in barrel aged, wild, and sour ales.  And it is Fantastic!  It is a large modern taproom with a downtown vibe.  glass garage doors open to large patio.  the food is good and the beer is unique and Superb.  I love this place!
Left to right
Crimson - Bourbon BA Sour Flanders Red Ale
Aged 8 months in used Bourbon Barrels
11.2% abv,  4 Hearts

Oak and Red - Wine Barrel Aged Sour
Aged in Wine Barrels
8% abv,  3.5 Hearts

Darken - Flanders Oud Bruin Aged on spices
9/7% abv,  3.5 Hearts

BA Barrel Chested - Barleywine
9.5% abv,  3.5 Hearts

Inside the taproom.

The vats.

The clan enjoying some brews on on the large patio.