Brick House

Brick House

BRICK HOUSE

A brick house stood in solidarity in a small Hungarian village. That house became the village hub, a place where villagers and visitors spent evenings in each other’s company.  That house was also the home of Julius Newman, founder of J.C. Newman Cigar Company and the Brick House brand.
Newman immigrated to America with no middle name. When he registered to vote it was suggested
he name himself after the famed Roman general Julius Caesar, however, he misspelled it and his name became Julius Caeser Newman. In 1895, J.C. Newman Cigar Company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio.
J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is the United States’ oldest family-owned cigar manufacturer. It all started with Newman rolling cigars in the family barn. The early days of production were meager production was mostly for the local grocer.
J.C. Newman Cigar Co. soon made a name for itself. It became the first manufacturer to individually package cigars in cellophane wrappers in 1932. Cellophane wrappers are now an industry standard.
In 1939, Newman established the Brick House brand in homage of his childhood home. In its release, Brick house was a true Cuban Puro. It was rolled with Cuban tobacco of the highest quality in Ohio.  
When the Cuban Embargo was instated in 1961 and they were restricted from buying Cuban tobacco. The decision was made to discontinue the brand.
After almost 6 decades of being based in Cleveland, J.C. Newman Cigar Co. moved to Tampa, Florida. At that time, Tampa was the Fine Cigar Capital of the World because of the Cuban cigars. When Julius’ son, Stanford, decided to use Cameroon wrappers to mimic Cuban wrappers the family was once again an industry leader.
The third generation of the family business consists of Eric and Bobby Newman. They brought back the Brick House brand to offer a flavorful cigar at a budget friendly cost. The re-launched cigars are produced in the state-of-the-art eco-friendly facility in Nicaragua, known as Puros de Estelí Nicaragua S.A.
The new Brick House lineup consists of Nicaraguan filler blends. Most are lines are Nicaraguan Puros. Brick House Maduro does feature a sweeter Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper over the classic Brick House blend.
Tobacco runs in Newman blood. The fourth generation has branched off and returned to Tampa to produce cigars. They’re rolling cigars at the family’s Regensburg Cigar Factory once again. The factory is built out of red bricks and lovingly referred to as El Reloj, which translates to “the clock”. It stands as a staple to the family’s legacy as the American brick house.
Brick House cigars are critically acclaimed. It has received several 90+ ratings from cigar publications including Cigar Aficionado, Smoke Magazine, Cigar Snob, and Cigar Journal. Cigar Journal and Cigar Aficionado have also recognized the brand as the top value premium cigars of the year.
The Newman family holds the secrets to great cigars somewhere in the family vault, maybe it’s kept in a brick house. These aged cigars are proof of the perfected blends and impeccable construction that decades of dedication to crafting quality cigars can produce.
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