Oliva V Melanio Gran Reserva Limitada with Yee Haw Dunkel beer

Town squares have been staples of bustling city downtowns for centuries. They have been the epicenter of commerce, politics and legislation, and a gathering place for people of all walks of life for generations. There are also special connections between customers and the downtown merchants, which create an experience that one can’t get outside of the round corners of a town square.

In the Historic Downtown of Murfreesboro, TN, one can both enjoy premium cigars and craft beer, in one location…well two really. Both owned by Mike LaMure, The Humidor and Liquid Smoke & Beer Lounge provide the opportunity to enjoy a cigar from the late A.M. to early evening and to partake in a wide selection of craft brews well after sunset. And while The Humidor is only approaching close to a decade of being in business on the square, the cigar and pipe culture has been alive and well in that very locale on the square for more than 30 years.

A full-service tobacconist with cigars, pipes and accessories, the 1,500 square-foot, walk-in humidor and lounge-in-one has multiple rows and tall shelves of premium cigars. In a world where TV starts more arguments that they help to solve, there are none in this lounge so that patrons can focus on conversation and their mutual love of cigars. The location is easily accessible from the square and provides a perfect view of the revived town center and foot traffic, whether sitting inside or outdoors on the sidewalk patio area.

If you’re not able to visit The Humidor during their hours of operation, there’s no need to worry, as directly beside it is Liquid Smoke & Beer Lounge that makes enjoying a late-night cigar indoors on the square an option. Adjacent to The Humidor, Liquid Smoke has a robust beer menu with approximately 250 beers, with roughly 25% of them being local. There are 2 additional cabinet humidors right inside the doors that offer popular brands to enjoy along with your beer purchase.

While relaxing at The Humidor, I had the pleasure of pairing the Oliva V Melanio Gran Reserva Limitada (one size of which was Cigar Aficionado’s 2014 Cigar of the Year) and the Yee Haw Dunkel out of Knoxville, TN (Bronze award winner at the 2016 World Beer Cup for European-Style Dark/Muenchner Dunkel).

Oliva V Melanio Gran Reserva Limitada
Vitola (size): Petite Corona (4 1/2 x 46)
Country of Origin: Esteli, Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Jalapa Nicaragua

The Petite Corona vitola is a small and flavorful size that is perfect for a 30-45 break in the action with a cold bottle of East Tennessee craft beer. The Melanio is bursting with salty, yet sweet notes of nut, coffee and cocoa. These attributes bring out the smoky, caramel, medium-bodied crisp finish of the Dunkel German dark lager. Neither being overpowering, the combination is one that can be enjoyed no matter the season, temperature or occasion. Perfect on their own or together, the Melanio V and the Dunkel bring together two vastly different art forms, backgrounds and tastes to create an experience much like that of sitting with fellow aficionados…different, but all in harmony in the name of enjoyment.

While gathering in downtown Murfreesboro, there’s no better way to commune with those that frequent the shop or those that are just passing through during a break from work. The Humidor, the Melanio V and the Dunkel, like the town square, are nostalgic, fulfilling and a must when travelling through the exact geographic center of Tennessee.

By: Justin Harris

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