I started my Craft Beer week celebrations at Merchants of Beer on Saturday, but it wasn’t the beer that I went for. The owner of Park City Cigars, John Stancil, held an event that was worth skipping my beer night for.
John hosted a Cigar Rolling Demonstration with Hamlet Paredes and Rocky Patel. Now if you’re like me you’re probably thinking…. okay McCalla how hard can this really be? I’m here to tell you I attempted it and it’s definitely not as easy as it looks.
The event was of course to sale Rocky Patel Cigars, so once you bought a certain amount you were able to pick the size of cigar that you would like and Hamlet would hand roll it. I watched him pull out the largest tobacco leaves I’ve ever seen and within 30 minutes he had it perfectly sculpted to whatever size the customer wanted, of course it might have taken a little longer with the jokes and stories he was telling but all in all it was very interesting to see.
At one point there was a group of around 35 watching as Stacy the Rocky Patel representative told us all about Hamlet and how he’s from Cuba and has been doing this since the age of 16, by the age of 18 he was at the top of his business and hasn’t stopped reaching for the stars. The event was definitely a great event to learn even if you’re not a cigar enthusiast.
If you haven’t been to Park City Cigars or Merchants of Beer I would say stop what you’re doing and go now. The atmosphere is one like no other with over 40 beers on tap to pick from, a beer lover could get lost in what choice they want next. If I was you I would go and pick Number 40 the Oatmeal Porter and Pair it with the Toscanello Italian Cigar, that is made with Coffee, Chocolate and Tobacco, but that’s just a little hint from me.