Smokin’ time at The Briary : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

Smokin’ time at The Briary

”]The BriaryOn Feb. 5, The Briary of Homewood, Ala., hosted its third annual pipe smoking contest. More than a smoking contest, this event has become a carnival for pipe smokers.


“It was our best event yet,” says Skip Elliott, proprietor of The Briary. “We had people coming in from all over; it was standing room only—on the porch, in the kitchen, in the smoking room, everywhere.” The Rome, Ga., pipe club sent a contingent, and several other people from different parts of Georgia also came to the event. Mark Hendren and Tim Crowder of Two Cousins Pipe Racks arrived from Mississippi and Tennessee. Various fans of The Briary found their way from all over the region to join the local enthusiasts filling the restored 1899 farmhouse with smoke.
The Briary is an attractive destination for pipe smokers at any time. It has a commodious front porch perfect for smoking and maintains an impressive inventory of pipes and pipe tobaccos. It’s among the very few pipe shops nationwide that actually does more business in pipe sales than in cigars. It’s a real pipe shop, truly a tobacconist that values pipe lovers.
But Feb. 5 was an especially spectacular day to find oneself there. Erik Stokkebye and Mike Schaefer of Villager Stokkebye International were there to provide a large assortment of tobaccos, including the one used for the smoking contest, Golden Dansk. Samples of Villager Stokkebye tobaccos were given out all day. “We actually ran out of several blends,” says Elliott. Stokkebye also brought a good supply of the La Libertad cigar, which debuted in the U.S. last year, for those in a cigar mood.

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