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Going out on a high note – Mexico in a Bottle SF

Photo by Michael Skrzypek.

We can hardly believe it ourselves, the final Mexico in a Bottle for the year happened and we are staring Thanksgiving in the face– where did the year go?

What a way for us to finish the year though, Mexico in a Bottle SF did not disappoint. 34 brands poured more than 150 different mezcals, sotols, raicillas, and bacanoras. There was even a Mexican rum and Mexican craft beer – it was a truly spectacular collection of bebidas de Mexico.

Mike Whipple form La Neta Mezcal shares a laugh at Mexico in a Bottle SF 2017. Photo by Michael Skrzypek.

What’s new at Mexico in a Bottle?

We’ve been doing this for four years now so we’re alway introducing new ideas. This year we brought on Topo Chico as our official water sponsor, and they really did make sure that the water flowed. We also had a rotating brand table to showcase mezcals not yet in the market and it was a huge hit. Look out for brands like Mezcal Nacional, Chaneque, Tres Tiempos, and Mestizo soon.

Mezcal Nacional at our rotating tasting table at Mexico in a Bottle SF 2017. Photo by Michael Skrzypek.

But what about everyone else? There are just so many mezcals to mention ranging from those just about to enter the market like La Neta to those like Del Maguey who have defined the mezcal space for more than 20 years. In between you could find a complete spread, the godfathers like Del Maguey and the brand spanking new Clande Sotol which is on just on sale now. Want to see the full mezcal list? Check it out. We partnered with Caskers to make as many of those mezcals availabale as possible and we got you a discount. Use the code MEZCALISTAS to get $10 off your order now through the holidays at caskers.com/mezcal.

A small sample of the items on sale at our tiendita. Photo by Michael Skryzpek.

Our tiendita featured beautiful crafts and art from Michoacan, Puebla, Oaxaca, and San Francisco. We launched our first calendar devoted to the mezcaleros that make all this wonderful mezcal possible while maintaining such a vibrant culture. We are donating 100% of the proceeds from the calendar to Mexican earthquake relief so get yours today!

We also launched a new t-shirt design, our Fuerza Mexico! design is ready for you and 100% of the proceeds also go to Mexican earthquake relief. Order now to be ready for that holidays and new year.

The rest of our shirts are also available with $5 from each sale going to earthquake relief so let the good looks and good feelings abound this holiday season.

We already raised $2,000 for earthquake relief efforts in Mexico at Mexico in a Bottle San Francisco from our t-shirts, calendars, and the generous contributions from Ilegal Mezcal and Dos Volcanes. But why stop there? Hit our store, get some Christmas gifts, and help support our fundraising efforts!

A sampling of the mezcal stories that attendees left behind. Photo by Michael Skrzypek.

We were also happy to introduce a story telling component where attendees could write about how mezcal found them, or record their stories with Jaime Qui of Agave Tip – we can’t wait to feature them on the website! All in all, a great expansion in directions that make sense. We look forward to rolling these concepts out to other locations in 2018.

New trends in the mezcal world

The new Fabriquero sotol. Photo by Michael Skrzypek.

While we’ve seen tons of changes to the mezcal world perhaps the most fascinating trend is how mezcal is opening the door to other kinds of agave distillates like raicilla and sotol. But now that the door is open other Mexican craft spirits like rums and the whiskeys are rushing in. This year we’ve welcomed Paranubes to the US market but that’s just the start. There are already a pair of Comitecos available in the US and other rums are on the way.

This trend is exciting and we look forward to incorporating even more of those spirits in future tastings which, thankfully only further reinforces the name of the event – Mexico in a Bottle. The presentations we had this event also reflected the growth of the category from an exploration of Raicilla from Christian Arizmendi to the implications of the new NOM-70 from Rachel Dorcy. Here’s a quick look at some of Christian’s presentation on our burgeoning YouTube channel:

Taste mezcal but what about the food?

And the food, the delicious food! We had truly spectacular dishes from the participating restaurants from all around the Bay Area:

4505 brought a whole pig stuffed with pineapple and other ingredients for their tacos at Mexico in a Bottle SF 2017. Photo by Michael Skrzypek.

  • Calavera served a shrimp and chorizo sope paired with a Bacanora forward cocktail.
  • LV Mar offered three treats including a shrimp ceviche, a pork belly taco, and a vegetable salad paired with two perfect fall cocktail sips with Mezcal Tosba.
  • ABV/Lagrimas treated guests to a mushroom huarache and a Vida Mezcal fueled cocktail sip.
  • 4505 Burgers and BBQ had perhaps the most dramatic presentation of a whole roasted pig for their Al Pastor tacos.
  • Tamarindo once again delivered with its agua chile and barbacoa taco, paired with a Don Amado Mezcal cocktail that infused rose hips and tamarindo.
  • Mosto brought the famous Bar Movil: A completely mobile bar where they were serving up a sublime Mezcal Vago cocktail. They paired that with the house huitlacoche sopes.
  • Uno Dos Tacos presented traditional carnitas tacos with an El Techo cocktail sip featuring Nuestra Soledad Mezcal.
  • Don Bugito demonstrated the versatility of edible bugs with its gusano and guacamole tostada.
  • Mixiote, an incubator business out of La Cocina, served up its chicken tinga-esque tostada alongside Hard Frescos and their line up of “hard” agua frescos.

So, where do we go from here? We’ve got big plans for 2018 and will be expanding to some new cities, so heads up San Diego, Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, and of course, San Francisco, we’re coming at you…

In the meantime, check out the photos from San Francisco. Special thanks to our amazing photographer Michael Skrzypek for taking these!

 

 

The Casa de Cortes model

The Tres Mezquites Palenque

Over my years of visiting Oaxaca, Asis Cortes and I have never managed to be here at the same time. This trip is no different, but luckily, I was finally able to get out and visit a few of the palenques they work with. Special thanks to Puro Burro and Zack Safron who used to be a San Francisco based bartender. He has since made the leap to Oaxaca which is quite a trend with bartenders. Zach occupies a fascinating spot in the mezcal world: He works closely with Puro Burro which leads trips to Oaxaca geared toward the hospitality industry, and is a bartender at Mezcalogia, Asis’ Oaxaca mezcaleria. Zach acts as a kind of connector for the Casa de Cortes “empire” with Mezcalogia and the world outside of Oaxaca. His love and enthusiasm for mezcal, and Oaxaca, cannot be overstated. Read more

Mexico in a Bottle DC – kicking off 2017

The Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.

In the spirit of transparency, here’s some background on how the whole idea of how Mexico in a Bottle – Washington,  D.C. came about:  DC is my hometown, but now, my immediate family lives with me on the West Coast. I miss DC, I miss my friends, and I really needed to come up with a reason to visit. Then there was a random meeting and conversation I had with Pati Jinich, the terrific Mexican chef, culinary anthropologist, and resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in DC. She told me that the Mexican culinary scene in Washington was growing. A seed was planted and I told Max that DC needed to be on our shortlist of event cities for 2017. Read more