Today, Drew Estate announced the 2016 Barn Smoker Program, which includes the new Florida Barn Smoker as well as the annual Connecticut Barn Smoker and Kentucky Barn Smoker. Barn Smokers are a completely unique experience, bringing the cigar smoker to the farm level, where they experience first-hand tobacco growing, processing, and finishing.
Florida Barn Smoker, June 4, 2016, Clermont, Florida – Drew Estate will join Corona Cigar Company’s Jeff Borsiewicz on his Clermont, Florida farm, where they will highlight the unique agricultural aspects of Florida Sun Grown Tobacco. Drew Estate has been fermenting FSG in Estelí, Nicaragua since 2013 and will be officially releasing the new FSG cigars at the scheduled store event at Corona Cigar Company that same evening following the farm experience.
Connecticut Barn Smoker, August 6, 2016, South Windsor, Connecticut – Drew Estate will host the second annual Connecticut Barn Smoker, held in the legendary Connecticut River Valley. Drew Estate will be joined by their agricultural partners in Connecticut, the farmers who are responsible for growing some of the most sought after tobaccos in the world. Drew Estate utilizes these tobaccos in brands such as Liga Privada, Undercrown, ACID, and Nica Rustica.
Kentucky Barn Smoker, October 1, 2016, Hopkinsville, Kentucky – Drew Estate will host the third annual Kentucky Barn Smoker in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the heart of the American Dark Fire Cured tobacco production. Drew Estate will, once again, display a live fire curing of Kentucky Seed, Kentucky Grown tobaccos and will demonstrate the fire curing process from start to finish.
The Barn Smoker Event Program was founded in 2014 with the first annual Kentucky Barn Smoker in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and was followed up in 2015 to include the Connecticut Barn Smoker in the Connecticut River Valley. Last year, over 1,000 consumers, retailers, media members, and agricultural partners joined Drew Estate in Kentucky and Connecticut for full days of premium tobacco agricultural immersion. There were several stations highlighting key harvesting and curing processes, such as the stalk cutting of Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf Tobacco and air curing of these premium tobaccos. Most notably, Jonathan Drew and our partners in Hopkinsville, Kentucky first presented to consumers a live demonstration of the time-honored tradition of fire curing Kentucky black tobaccos.
From his Wynwood, Florida office, Jonathan Drew stated that, “Drew Estate has pioneered agricultural tourism in the tobacco sector. Barn Smokers are an extension of our critically acclaimed Cigar Safari program, where we invite over 500 consumers a year to our home in Estelí, Nicaragua – La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Barn Smokers are all about the American tobacco experience, and they are our way of demonstrating our commitment to transparent and authentic production to the final consumer, while celebrating artisanal products with roots to the American tobacco industry.”
Drew Estate will be announcing ticket prices and availability through their email newsletter. Visitwww.barnsmoker.com and register for their email newsletter to be the first to know when tickets for each event go live. Tickets are limited in nature and have sold out within 24 hours historically for each event.