An event next week in Hammond will put a spotlight on the economic impact of cigar smokers. Organizers say the Midwest Smoke Out at the Horseshoe Casino attracts people from 27 states and three countries. This year's event will include cigar and tobacco shop owners along with craft brewers from northwest Indiana. The event started five years ago as a replacement for a similar cigar expo in Chicago, which ended its run several years ago.

Originally Issued April 2, 2013

News ReleaseWEDNESDAY, APRIL 2nd—CHICAGO, IL—The Midwest Smoke Out, the largest cigar and luxury expo in the Midwest and Chicago area, is proud to announce a number of well-known names and brands will be participating in their annual event, April 24th at the Horseshoe Casino. This year will mark the fifth year in action for the Smoke Out, which has quickly become one of the most anticipated and beloved events in Midwest and Chicago area. This year’s lineup of participating cigar and beer vendors reads like a laundry list of the most popular brands in the nation!

Cigars & the Smoke Out

To celebrate their 5th anniversary, the Midwest Smoke Out is promising an incredible event with an incredible turnout—of both brands and attendees. Among the most talked about are cigar industry legends Victor Vitale, and Lou Rodriguez, who will be attending the event to represent their eponymous cigar brands in-person.

A number of nationally-recognized cigar brands will also be exhibiting at the event. Expect to see representatives from AJ Fernandez, Alec Bradley, Altadis, La Palina, Villiger, Rocky Patel, Doublegun Cigars, and Veritas Cigars. New to the event this year, Veritas Cigars is also bringing Cami Li, a popular model and soon-to-be hostess of reality show “Models & Rock”, to join them at the show.

Also confirmed for the VIP Meet and Greet party are premium cigar brands Camacho Corojo, La Flor Dominicana, and JC Newman.

Big Beers & Beloved Breweries

Not just for cigar-lovers, the Midwest Smoke Out is also a go-to event for beer fanatics. Featuring both commercial and craft beer this year, the event is sure to have something to please every palate.

Three Floyds and Goose Island Brewing, two of the largest craft breweries in the area, will be supplying beer samples for the event. In addition, smaller craft breweries such as Figure Eight Brewing, Ironwood Brewing, Crown Brewing, and Bulldog Brewing will be in attendance.

Commercial beer will also be flowing freely at the event, with huge brands like Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bud Light, and Heineken leading the pack. Miller will be publicizing their newest beer, Miller Fortune, with a detailed booth and fortune teller, while Coors Light will keep things cool with a bar carved completely out of ice.

With big names and brands coming for the show, this year’s Midwest Smoke Out is sure to be a one-of-a-kind event. Tickets are currently on sale at and more information is available on the website. The party starts at 5pm, April 24th at the Horseshoe Casino. This is the hottest event in the Midwest, so get your tickets before they sell out.

Source: Midwest Smoke Out

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