Tonight is our 9th Annual Spooktastic Drinking & Drinking Some More Boorific Drunkathon Bonanza Spectacular! Bonanzas 1 through 8 must have been pretty damn spectacular because we don’t remember any of them. Ah precious alcohol, the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems…
Size: 6 x 52 (toro)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian habano rosado
Price: $10.00 (and while these were submitted to us for review by J.C. Newman, you can go right now to FamousSmokeShop.com and grab a box or a sampler of Brick House cigars and by using promo code TNCC20 you’ll get $20 off your purchase of $100 or more!)
In a press release announcing this year’s Bricktoberfest offering, Eric Newman said this, “My grandfather, J.C. Newman, was born in the only house made out of brick in a small village in Austria-Hungary. He lived with his family on the second floor while the first floor was the local tavern and general store. The ‘Brick House’ cigar label depicts his family’s home. My ancestors gathered in the original ‘brick house’ to relax and celebrate with beer and cigars 150 years ago, and Bricktoberfest is the perfect way to celebrate the season with beer and Brick House cigars today.”
Last year’s release was a Nicaraguan puro so it’s refreshing to see a manufacturer shake things up a bit. So tonight we shall be respecting the blender’s wishes and pairing the Brick House Bricktoberfest 2023 with a märzen-style beer in the spirit of Octoberfest! Guten tag!
The Bricktoberfest 2023 features a beautiful reddish brown wrapper leaf adorned with a pigtail cap. A rich sweetness accompanied by some earthiness is easily detected from the cold draw, while the wrapper’s pleasant aroma is primarily rodeo stuff (hay, barnyard, manure). The Doctor always chuckles when we compliment a cigar by stating that it smells like horse shit. Upon ignition, the Bricktoberfest 2023 unleashes incredibly alluring clouds of grey smoke that smell amazing. The retrohale is comprised of a more mild than medium soft pepper spice and the draw is dominated by leather and hay early on.
Smooth leather, gentle spice, medium bodied earthiness, the Bricktoberfest 2023 is a highly consistent cigar that delivers this specific profile from start to tasty finish. And speaking of that finish, in the final third a touch of mineral accompanied by some creaminess arises on the backend of the retrohale which made for a very favorable conclusion to the smoking experience. The pepper spice even upticks in strength slightly which we were waiting all night for! Be patient with this cigar, folks, and you won’t be disappointed.
Once again folks, usually (before the mini apocalypse was thrust upon all of us in 2020) we would carefully – some of you have said “expertly” – pair our evening’s beer with the cigar and movie and we’d all sit around the table and drink that same beer and compare notes. But since the whole COVID-19 shitshow went down, each member of the TNCC is now solely responsible for risking their lives out in the wild and acquiring their own beers for each episode… usually with very interesting results.
At 5.9% ABV and 16 IBUS, Yaks enjoyed this offering from Fredericksburg TX quite a bit. Altstadt follows the German Reinheitsgebot, or purity law, which is the world’s oldest food safety law still in existence. The purity law limits German beer brewers to only four ingredients: malt, hops, yeast, and water. And Yaks said the beer paired very well with his cigar so that’s always a plus.
YAK’S PAIRING GRADE = C+
Doc said this Houston TX beer worked for him overall and, interestingly, he specifically thought it would pair well with a plate of fish & chips. More on that revelation over on our sister podcast The Wednesday Night Fish & Chips Podcast.
DOC’S PAIRING GRADE = C-
After chugging from a Boot Of Remembrance filled with Land Shark beer in honor of the recently deceased Jimmy Buffet (Tut admired the musician but admitted that the lager “smelled like butt and tasted like ass”), he switched gears over to the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen which he thought (incorrectly) made him better than us because it was a fancy import. Pardon us three for liking America. This is the original Schlenkerla smoked beer and the dude in the pumpkin shirt absolutely loved it. Not heavy handed, light spice, and Tut found this märzen to pair extremely well with tonight’s cigar even adding a fruity element the mix that didn’t exist when puffing separate from the sip.
TUT’S PAIRING GRADE = B
After several years of drinking IPAs almost exclusively, because they are simply the greatest thing ever, it took yours truly a few sips of the 5.3% 14 IBU Yeungling Oktoberfest before my palate became acclimated to its malt forward profile. And while I have enjoyed millions of ounces of malt liquor over the years, it had been a while. My beer is a product of the oldest brewer featured tonight (1869) and it paired really nicely with the cigar’s leather and earthy flavors.
CADE’S PAIRING GRADE = A+
We cover a wide array of topics during tonight’s Fire pit session including but not limited to:
The Venture Bros: Radiant Is The Blood Of The Baboon Heart (animated feature, 2023)
The Flash (feature film, 2023)
Deadly Friend (feature film, 1986)
Freaky (feature film, 2020)
Natty Knocks (feature film, 2023)
Ahsoka (streaming series, 2023)
Final Score (feature film, 2018)
Barbie (feature film, 2023)
No Hard Feelings (feature film, 2023)
Fall (feature film, 2022)
Written and directed by Lodewijk Crijns, this film was shot in The Netherlands and we watched it with subtitles as the characters speak Dutch and the TNCC does not. Let’s take just a second here on this page to talk about THE LOOK OF THE KILLER! The white hazmat suit with mask, the tank on his back and sprayer, his yellow apron, and the bright white rubber boots! I’ve been bitching to The Doctor for years about how filmmakers have dropped the ball in regards to creating new memorable slashers where the killers feature truly memorable looks and Tailgate came fucking through. He gives off major Harry Warden vibes from My Bloody Valentine and that’s a good thing in my book.
The tall, handsome, avuncular older man driving the van by the way is Ongedierteverdel ger Ed according to the credits but I would have much preferred if they gave him a real slasher name like The Sprayer or The Rotterdam Roadster. I googled “The Sprayer” to see if it had ever been used in a movie before and it just led me to some Pornhub videos, so there went 15-20 minutes of my afternoon…
I am so ecstatic that the filmmaker didn’t pull a High Tension to where it was revealed in the final act that one of the protagonists was actually the killer all along. High Tension was such a fantastic movie up until they decided to make the terrifying killer a figment of someone’s imagination who was really doing the killing and it fucking ruined everything. You’ve created a really cool new slasher with The Squirter, just let him thrive, let him squirt, and they did. I’d be all over a sequel to this in a heartbeat.
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