Cigar & Spirits Magazine and I-5 Publishing Form New Partnership

New Pairing Creates Top Hat Media Group LLC and Relaunches Cigar & Spirits Magazine, Website

Irvine, Calif. (September 5, 2013) – I-5 Publishing LLC, announced today that Cigar & Spirits magazine, beginning with its November 2013 issue, will be relaunched under Top Hat Media Group LLC, a joint venture between I-5 Publishing and magazine founder Lincoln Salazar and business partner Micky Dhillon.

Cigar & Spirits is a bimonthly, Southern California-based publication, celebrating the camaraderie shared by individuals when combined with the complementary pairing of cigars, spirits and the social lifestyle it presents. The partnership will introduce quality content, specialty events and contextual branding to a unique market of enthusiasts.

Cigar & Spirits is one of the fastest growing publications in the country and our plan is to help build on that momentum,” says I-5 Publishing CEO Mark Harris. “When you have a great product with high quality content and an untouched-market, it’s a recipe for growth and good business. We’re thrilled to be part of the future of this exciting publication and all it brings to our affiliates and to a unique audience.”

“The past few years has brought tremendous activity and growth for us,” adds Cigar & Spirits Chairman and Publisher Lincoln Salazar. “This new partnership is like putting an exclamation mark on our progress. It’s exciting to be a part of this venture and I know our readers will be just as excited when they see what we have in store for the magazine, starting with a surprise launch cover.”

Adding to the excitement, Cigar & Spirits will simultaneously release its digital edition with the January/February issue (on newsstands 11/12/13) and shortly thereafter unveil a revamped website. With Cigar & Spirits available on digital newsstands, readers will enjoy “anywhere” access to the magazine from their computers and mobile devices. The digital edition will be free to print subscribers.

With the launch of the magazine, website and digital editions, the new team at Cigar & Spirits is dedicated to expanding the publication using creative concepts and innovative media. “When my team and I started Cigar & Spirits, we were thinking of a small niche publication,” adds Salazar. “But it kept getting bigger until it became bigger than all of us. Affiliating with quality personalities, companies, and advertisers has helped us grow. Now partnering with a quality publishing company will help us reach even greater heights. How far can we go? I guess we’ll see.”

About Cigar & Spirits magazine
The focus of our publication is to highlight the connection between cigar, spirit and the memorable human experiences that go hand in hand with each other. We also cover a broad range of related lifestyle topics that the connoisseur can appreciate, from fine dining to high fashion. Even after centuries of this human tradition, Cigar & Spirits magazine is the first publication to ever specifically feature both, without focusing solely on one or the other. For more information about Cigar & Spirits magazine visit