Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em: NABC on tap at Youngstown Cigar Shop's cafe.

Situated behind Mai's Thai and Regions Bank on East 10th Street in Jeffersonville is one of two Southern Indiana go-to locations for good cigars, pipes, pipe tobacco, lighters, humidors, and accessories: Youngstown Cigar Shop.

Proprietor Mike Stephens has an advantage over the other fine area tobacco emporium, Kaiser (on Pearl Street in downtown New Albany), in that a couple of years back, he expanded into an adjacent space, remodeled and opened a cafe with a beer permit.

Now, at a time when indoor pub smoking is becoming scarce hereabouts, there's still a place where cigar lovers like me can light one up, kick back into an easy chair, and accompany my Dominican with a craft-brewed beer.

But wait: There's more, and it gets even better.

Mike has space for three 1/6 barrel kegs, and currently, two of them are being devoted to NABC's Elector and Bob's Old 15-B.

He's planning on making it three soon, in part because starting at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 12, he'll be staging Youngstown's annual pre-Christmas cigar event. I don't yet know the specifics, but it's certain that NABC will be on hand to take part. The show will last until 6:00 p.m., and you can expect to see me toward the end, as I've been double-booked for another spectacle across the river.

By that time, in the winter gloaming, one of Mike's cigars and an NABC ale are going to provide a fitting, relaxing close to a busy day.

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