Friday, April 28, 2006

One good smoke deserves a bowl of curry and a dessert beer or three.

Yes, I know -- I said I'd have another chapter of the Rogue saga posted today, but the week finally has managed to catch up with me, and it isn't finished yet.

If it's any consolation, I drank a Rogue Skull Splitter after work today. That should count as research, and I'll ask my accountant to verify it next time I join her husband for a beer or two and some baseball chat.

Before you hit the beer fete at Keg Liquors tomorrow (Fest of Ale 2006: This Saturday, April 29, at Keg Liquors in Clarksville, you can score a stogie at Mike Stephens's shop in Jeffersonville:

Smoke ’em if you got ’em; Cigar festival coming Saturday to Jeffersonville, by Nicholas Wiselogel (News-Tribune).

It is one event where you are guaranteed not to hear the phrase “close, but no cigar.”

That is because everyone — or at least every adult — who attends the annual Free Cigar Festival at the Youngstown Cigar Shop Saturday will be able to partake in a sample of a new premium stogie being commissioned by the store.

Since taking over the business five years ago, Mike Stephens has hosted the event, which usually attracts several hundred people, on the Saturday before the Kentucky Derby.

The event is from noon to 2 p.m. at the store, located at 1411 Youngstown Shopping Center, Jeffersonville.

Mike's the cigar guy, but he appreciates a good pint of ale. Just yesterday I enjoyed a hand-rolled cigar from one of his previous Saturday sales events. It was in fine shape out of my humidor, and kept me company along with a cup of Earl Grey and "The Economist."

Play your cards right tomorrow, and there'll be time for a quick bite in between events at Mai's Thai, which is situated right in front of the cigar store.

Sounds like fun, so I suppose I'll work.

Consider it payment in kind for the recently concluded vacation.

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