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In the May/June 2009
Cigar Aficionado


In the new issue, Shawn Carter, best known as hip-hop megastar Jay-Z, talks about how almost a decade on the streets of Brooklyn dealing drugs helped him to become a successful musician and entrepreneur at the age of 26.In addition, we pick the experts' brains on sports, poker, blackjack and golf wagering to find out how, with a little planning, the average gambler can maybe make a few bucks. Other features include an articles about the roaring success of golf's Phoenix Open, a former FBI investigator who now makes his living recovering stolen art, and how the craft brewing business in America has grown in the last 30 years.

Up Front Good Life Guide Features
    Cover : The Music Mogul - Jay-Z has bult an empire on the back of his hip-hop stardom with a cigar in his hand.

    Golf : The PGA Tour's Party Central - The February stop in Scottsdale, known today as the FBR Open, is simply the most raucous, outrageous, unruly four-day golf competition anywhere

    Drink : Choice Brews - How craft brewing started a revolution and opened up the American palate to a wide selection of ways to enjoy a favorite national beverage

    Industry : An Interview with Ruben Ysidron - Ysidron created the first branded cigar for Savinelli 15 years ago, and the standards have been high ever since.


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