A blessing and a curse is expanding Mexico in a Bottle to a new city. There is a certain amount of research to understand the market, the food and cocktail scene, and of course determining the best location for the event. This is fun, but also a bit exhausting to say the least, and training oneself to only take bites, or sips, is especially difficult when you come across something truly delicious and just want to eat, or drink, it all. Read more
Sure, the Thanksgiving break intervened but we wanted to take a quick minute to talk about the second annual Mezcal Week. It was great all around with tastings, art openings, special menus, you name it. And it was truly global with events on three continents spanning mezcal flights, special cocktails, special menus, and art openings. The culture of the bar and Mexico combined for one week for extraordinary results. We certainly had a great time and heard nothing but fantastic things from participants around the world. A few highlights: Read more
Yes, it’s that time of year again. There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are turning color, and Mezcal Week is taking over a bar near you. We have already seen the amazing Alipus Agave Trail in Melbourne, the Lágrimas preview at Overproof in SF, and so much more.
Well, you start with Mezcal Week! But damn, we love this video that the crew at St. Petersburg’s El Copitas (no, not the St. Petersburg in Florida, this is the one in Russia!) shot to promote what they’re doing to celebrate Mezcal Week. We have it on repeat around the office so, guys, shoot another one of all your tastings so that we can play that as well!
Yes, this is Mezcal Week so make sure to get out there and celebrate mezcal. With tastings across the globe you’re bound to find one year you. Viva Mezcal!
When it rains documentaries, it can also pour. We just heard about this very affectionate short about Cuish and its founder Felix Hernandez. Cuish bottles mezcal from a collection of Oaxacan mezcaleros and also has a very nicely appointed tasting room in the city of Oaxaca. Read more
Last year when we launched Mexico in a Bottle Chicago, it followed on the heels of a series of openings of mezcal places like Dove’s Luncheonette, Las Flores, Leña Brava, Estereo, and Quiote. Since then only more mezcal places have opened like La Josie – meanwhile it seems like any drinking establishment worth its salt now has to stock a selection of premium mezcals. Clearly something is going on here. Read more
The last thing on my mind when I planned my mini reunion with college friends in Madison, WI was mezcal. Yes, mezcal is always on my mind in some form or another, but this was vacation. Joke on me because Madison actually has quite a little mezcal scene happening. The center of beer and a shot of brandy has fully embraced the cocktail explosion and has made mezcal a centerpiece. Read more
Yesterday Siembra Valles and Tequila Interchange Project founder David Suro posted the following to Facebook on the agave price spike that everyone has been discussing over the past months. In July it seemed like 18 pesos a kilo was extravagant, that was a huge topic of discussion at Tales of the Cocktail where the focus was on agave syrup as a culprit. Now it sounds like the price has crept even higher and the debate has expanded.
In the comments, Jake Lustig from Haas Brothers, which includes mezcals like Don Amado and Mina Real, blames diffusers and industry consolidation in a really sharp cost breakdown. David Suro’s conclusion is much the same of many others concerned with this issue: In the comments he says “If you have someone showing you an Agave spirit below 25.00 USD its just a big red flag! At this time is absolutely no way that those prices are sustainable and ethical.” So that’s something we here in the U.S. and globally can clearly influence. Take note bartenders and buyers!
(As you’ll read Emma is Chicago based so it’s only natural that we have a book release party during this weekend’s Mexico in a Bottle Chicago pre-game show. We’ll be at Estereo 3-6PM this Saturday so drop on by to talk to the author yourself and have a cocktail while you’re at it.)
I had the pleasure of meeting Emma Janzen at Tales of the Cocktail this summer but it’s only since then after reading “Mezcal: The History, Craft & Cocktails of the World’s Ultimate Artisanal Spirit” and chatting with her that I’ve had the chance to unpack the themes in her book and the process that she took to get there. Read more