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Great Divide: 4 New Offerings

Great Divide Brewing Company has brought several new beers to Binnys over the last year or sosuch as Colette, Belgica, Hoss, and Hades.  Building on the success of the aforementioned beers, Great Divide is releasing an additional four beers into the Chicago market.  The Denver, Colorado based brewery is unleashing the following brews upon us this week:


Smoked Baltic Porter Smoked Baltic Porter is the sultry sister of a storied style.  Brewed with traditional German malts and hops, this dark lager gets its special twist from a hefty addition of Bamberg smoked malt.  This smoldering, medium-bodied lager is sure to please.  Smoked Baltic Porter is smooth, smoky and darkmysterious enough yet? 6.2% ABV


Tripel – “Tripel’s medium body and straw hue belie a beer of wondrous complexity. Fruity yeast character dominates throughout, while sweet malt and noble hops give way to a bit of warmth in the finish. Ever hugged a monk? This dangerously drinkable abbey-inspired ale just might have you chasing down the next one you see. 9.3% ABV


16th Anniversary Wood Aged IPA – “This copper-hued treat is a celebration of everything Great Divide does best. Plenty of malty sweetness provides a backdrop for earthy, floral English and American hops, while French and American oak round off the edges and provide a touch of vanilla. Thanks to everyone who’s supported us  for the last 16 years – heres to 16 more! 10.0% ABV.


Rumble IPA – “Rumble IPA is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. Very inspiring. 7.1% ABV


If you would like to see if any of Great Divides new offerings are available at your local Binnys, email

News from the IPCPR Trade Show, Part III

   Reporting in from this year’s IPCPR Trade Show, Binny’s cigar guy George Eshou shares his enthusiasm for all his exciting new discoveries (you can find more notes from George about the conference here and here). This time, he shares his notes on yet more cigars as well as some pretty sweet excessories that we’re stoked to carry. Most of these items have already hit our humidors, so stop by soon and ask what’s new.

   From George:


My Father Limited Edition

   This new limited edition release from My Father Cigars is special for a couple reasons. First, it is limited to 2,000 boxes. But the best part is who actually bunched and rolled this cigar. Jose “Pepin” Garcia and his son Jaime Garcia literally constructed each of the 24,000 cigars themselves. During any spare they had, the father and son team were sitting at the rollers table together. Jaime bunched each and every cigar and Pepin put the wrapper on. As great of a blender Pepin is, he is considered to be one of the best rollers in the world. To have him go back to his roots and roll a cigar for the public is rare and special. These medium to full bodied cigars are packed in individual coffins.


Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary

   This new cigar from Rocky celebrates the cigar superstar’s fifteenth year in the industry. Made at his new factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the cigar includes some of the finest tobaccos from Nicaragua and Ecuador. Rolled with a slight box-press, the new fifteenth anniversary is a medium bodied cigar that’s rich with layers of flavor and balanced perfectly from beginning to end. While Rocky has come out with some outstanding blends in the past, this is the best I’ve tasted.


Guillermo Leon

   The Guillermo Leon cigars are named after the president of the La Aurora cigar company, the same maker of the La Aurora 107, La Aurora Preferidos, and many more. This new blend consists of some perfectly aged and refined Dominican and Ecuadorian tobaccos that create a medium bodied smoke. The flavors consist of a creamy core with hints of cedar, spice, and cafe con leche. A delicious cigar. Be on the lookout for this brand to make an impact on the rating board and in our humidors.


La Aurora Corojo

   La Aurora has been making cigars for over 100 years and their latest creation is strictly exclusive to brick and mortar stores. This new La Aurora uses the finest Dominican tobaccos that are married to a beautiful Ecuadorian Corojo capa leaf. It’s medium bodied and produces a ton of smoke with flavors of sweet cedar, spice, and touches of caramel and cream. A very impressive cigar at the right priced right.


Vertigo Lighters

   Vertigo lighters are the entry level pieces from Lotus and come in some pretty cool designs with some pretty cool features. New to Binny’s are the Blitz, Legacy, Magnum, Meteorite, Nitro and Shutter models. The entire line is priced under $20. These should be a great replacement for some other lighters we’re closing out.


Savoy Humidors

   We are bringing in five new humidors from Savoy. Each will come with a Savoy humidifier and hydrometer and all will hold between 50 to 75 cigars. These are gorgeous pieces that will definitely be an eye catcher. The beautiful finishes include Bubinga, Pearwood, African Teak, Macassar, and Beetlewood.


Lotus Cutters

   We picked up two new cutters from Lotus that come with a lifetime warranty. The new Triad resembles a butterfly cut similar to the Lotus Xikar. The Prestige, pictured to the left, is a guillotine with a double punch. Both styles are priced under $25. They are clever designs that should do extremely well, especially with their price point and a lifetime warranty.

   – George Eshou


   That’s it for George’s report from this year’s IPCPR trade show. He coulnd’t fit everything into these blog posts; we have even more new cigars hitting our shelves. Stay tuned to the Binny’s Cigar Blog for news from the world of cigars.

News from the IPCPR Trade Show, Part I

    Binny’s cigar guys George Eshou and Mike Trella recently spent a week in New Orleans at this year’s IPCPR (International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers) Trade Show. It sounds like a lot of fun, but for these two it was all business, sniffing out the latest from the world of cigars to bring back to you. George spent the week taking careful notes to let you know exactly what to expect from the Binny’s Humidor in the near future. He’s excited about so many new products that we’ll have to break this up over several blog posts, so watch for more soon. From George:


Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

    Last year Alec Bradley introduced a very small run of Tempus Magistri Maduros, only producing around 800 boxes with a maduro wrapper. Due to popular demand they have put this maduro leaf on the Tempus as a regular production cigar. The new Tempus maduro cigars use the exact inner components as the original Tempus cigars but have a Mexican cover leaf fermented in an old world fashion – A rare technique.


La Aroma De Cuba “Mi Amor”

    Ashton has introduced another line of La Aroma De Cuba cigars called “Mi Amor.” Blended and manufactured by Jose “Pepin” Garcia at his My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the new Mi Amor uses Nicaraguan filler and binder components that are covered with a special Maduro wrapper grown in Mexico’s renowned San Andreas valley. Mi Amor will come in five medium bodied sizes. Keep an eye out for the newly designed boxes.


C.A.O. La Traviata Maduro

    The original La Traviata was received extremely well by cigar lovers, so this year C.A.O. has introduced a maduro version that uses a Broadleaf wrapper grown in Ecuador. The inner components and strength are the same on both blends, but the new wrapper creates a totally different flavor profile. The new maduro comes in three sizes: Divino, Intrepido, and Radiante. This should be another big hit for C.A.O.


Aganorsa Leaf

    The parent company of Casa Fernandez and the company that supplies us with the tobacco for our Marca Binny’s cigar is announcing a new medium bodied smoke blended to perfection with the talents of Arsenio Ramos. Mike and I agreed that this was a great blend. Available in three sizes, Robusto, Torpedo, and Toro, this is a must try.


Avo Heritage
    With the exception of a handful of limited edition releases, Avo is known for producing cigars on the milder side. The new medium to full bodied Avo Heritage is unlike any of their regular production cigars. It uses an Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper, the same wrapper used on last year’s limited edition release (LE 09) with Dominican filler and binder tobaccos. All four sizes Churchill, Robusto, Short Robusto, and Toro should grab your attention and palatte.


Cusano It’s a Boy/ It’s a Girl

    For years the biggest request we heard was that people want a better cigar for this special occasion. This year Cusano has produced their very popular (and very good!) Cusano 18 Robusto with a second band that announces the birth of your child. We’re excited to offer a cigar worthy of this important day.


E.P. Carillo

    Ernesto Perez Carillo introduced his core line simply named E.P. Carillo. This is a very complex and well balanced, medium bodied smoke, compiled using an Ecuadorian wrapper along with Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos.


E.P. Carillo Edicion Limitada 2010

    Along with the company’s core line, Ernie also introduced a limited edition cigar that will blow your mind. The E.P. Carillo Edicion Limitada 2010 has a production of only 10,000 cigars. It is medium to full bodied and is covered with a gorgeous Brazilian Maduro wrapper. The combination of the Brazilian wrapper along with the selected Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos used in this blend create a flavor profile unique to its own. We purchased 20% of the total production, 200 boxes, and we anticipate them to sell by the box. Mike and I both agreed that this was not only the best cigar introduced at this years trade show but possibly the best cigar to hit the market in at least the past five years. This is an amazing smoke!



    While Kristoff did not introduce any new blends, they did introduce a new size on all five existing blends. The Kristoff Corona brings out flavors not typically found in the four other sizes. The focus in the corona size is to focus more on the wrapper, and the Kristoff Corona is simply rich. If you are a Corona smoker, you’re going to love these.


   – George Eshou


   We have a lot more news from the IPCPR trade show, coming your way soon. Keep an eye on the Binny’s cigar blog for more news fromt the world of fine cigars.

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