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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? Read more

Pop Up in our Pulqueria

Pop Up Pulqueria Tamarindo

Our first Pop Up Pulqueria was so popular that we’re bringing it back but shifting zip codes to Tamarindo in Downtown Oakland. The idea is the same, we’ll have lots of fantastic, made in California pulque on hand and you can meet the master, that is, pulque maestro Salvador Gonzalez will be on hand to guide you through pulque’s rich history and delicious flavors.

To up the ante (and agave!), we’re also bringing in Don Amado‘s Jacob Lustig to show you what mezcal is all about. The kick ass bartenders at Tamarindo will create a a special cocktail, plus a special Pozole from the delicious kitchen, all for $35! All other drinks (additional cocktails, beer) are not included in the price but are available for purchase. Just remember, we sold out of our first Pop Up Pulqueria the week before it happened so don’t delay, get your tickets today!

It’s 4-7PM Sunday, May 15th. Tamarindo Antojeria 468 8th St, Oakland, California 94607. Get your tickets today!

Mezcal launch party – La Palabra

Last night I had a chance to hit the launch party at Oakland’s Tamarindo for the new mezcal “La Palabra.” There is one type, an espadin from San Juan del Rio in Oaxaca. It comes in a beautiful square bottle which mimics the decanter found in the mezcalero’s home. At 50%, it is no wallflower and has a full bodied flavor to match.

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I know what you’re doing this Sunday

Tamarindo is having their second annual celebration of agave distillates and antojitos this Sunday, November 16th, 3-7PM. We’ll be there as will many other local mezcal aficionados, makers, and anyone interested in Gloria Dominguez’s fantastic cooking. If you need any coaxing here’s our write up of last year’s event. Make your plans accordingly!

Tamarindo mezcal & tequila tasting


Smoked dove cocktail? Yup, that’s your Paloma!

Watch as Tamarindo’s Michelle makes their Smoky Paloma in a nicely proportioned ceramic cup with a chile salt rim. You can beat the heat with these so arrive at Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle Sunday fresh from the park. Tamarindo will cool you down with a Smoky Paloma and feed you a refreshing snack so that you’re ready for the rest of the mezcal tasting. Just make sure to buy your tickets today!

Tamarindo brings mezcal and tequila to Oakland in style

IMG_2467Susan and I had a great time at Tamarindo’s innaugural Mezcal and Tequila Festival yesterday. Tamarindo is an ideal spot, fantastic antonjitos in the hot weather, and that bumping downtown Oakland scene. It’s like the Mission 15 years ago with a diverse mix of people hanging out and an incredible scene that includes the Trappist next door, Umamimart around the corner and much more action in the neighborhood. Alfonso Dominguez has done a lot to foster that atmosphere and his influence was evident everywhere from including Umamimart’s gold plated bar ware on the bar to his family managing the entire scene including his dozing son Diego.

The tasting was arranged around cocktails and brands, here’s another spot that Alfonso managed to integrate some of the local vibe because each cocktail was concocted by a local bartender ranging from Troy Bayless and Jacobo Juarez up at Duende to Scott Baird over the bay at Trick Dog. Reps like Jake Lustig backed his diverse line up of Don Amado mezcal, Tequila ArteNOM, and Mina Real at one table (unfortunately they weren’t pouring one of his greatest and most recent discoveries, a Fernet Vallet and Amargo Angostura to look out for) while Raza Zaidi backed Wahaka at another. My tasting highlight was the brand spanking new Mezcalero #7 which Craft’s Katherine Lewis was pouring for the first time in the US. The mixture of Sierra Negro, Tepetazatae, and Tobala is something to seek out once it hits bars and retail shelves, ideally later this month.

Best of all it seems like this sort of tasting is starting to happen a lot more. Mezcal and agave distillates may finally have a moment to celebrate. We’ll certainly be doing our part for the cause with a tasting of two exciting silvestres in San Francisco this Saturday night and look forward to doing many more.



Mezcal this Sunday night in Oakland.

Update: Tamarindo is offering Mezcalistas readers 20% off through Eventbrite. Here’s the url and here’s the discount code: tequila468 Hope to see you there.

Lucky you, this Sunday, August 8th Tamarindo in Oakland is hosting a mezcal and tequila tasting. We’ll be there along with some very interesting and important people so if you’re interested in a good time and the fruit of agave definitely come on by. That good time means that mariachis will be in effect while Gloria Dominguez, Tamarindo’s chef and owner, will be serving antojitos from Jalisco and Oaxaca. Don Amado’s Jake Lustig will be there along with Alipus and Mezcalero from the mezcal side of things. The tequila world will be well represented by Don Julio, Siete Leguas, Don Pilar, and Seleccion Arte NOM.

Details: Tamarindo, 468 8th Street Oakland. Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 3-7pm. Tickets cost $65, which includes admission, food, and drinks. Tickets can be purchased at: or

Flyer for the August 18th, 2013 mezcal and tequila tasting at Tamarindo in Oakland.

Flyer for the August 18th, 2013 mezcal and tequila tasting at Tamarindo in Oakland.

Pop Up Mezcaleria recap

Thanks again to all those who came out for our first Pop Up Mezcaleria with the Bold Italic!

The turn out was fantastic.  The mezcals: Alipus San Andres, Del Maguey Minero, Metl Blanco, Pierde Almas Joven, and Wakaha Reposado in the cocktail all showed extraordinarily well and displayed the many faces of this spirit.  Tamarindo’s food was a smashing success.  Susan Coss, Bricia Lopez and I had a great time walking everyone through the mezcals and diving into what separates mezcal from the rest of the world’s spirits.  From the feedback at the event and we’ve been very happy to learn that many participants not only had fun but are jumping into the world of mezcal.  We are already planning our next one so stay tuned.

The Bold Italic‘s Erin Conger took some fantastic photos which we’ve wrapped into a gallery below. Take a look and send us a note if you have ideas for our next tasting.

Exciting Updates for July 25 Pop-up Mezcaleria

As we’ve previously posted, we’ll be hosting our first mezcal tasting in San Francisco on July 25th. We’ve got some pretty exciting news to share about the event. First, we’re thrilled to present the US premiere of Alipús and will be featuring their San Andrés mezcal made by Don Valente Angel. It will also be the first opportunity for people here in the Bay Area to taste the Metl Espadin, Madrecuishe blend made by Señor Don Lucas of Miahuatlan. You definitely want to be among the first to experience these new mezcals. Also in the line-up – Pierde Almas’ Dobadaan and Del Maguey’s Minero.

Additionally, we’re working with Oakland’s Tamarindo Restaurant on some great food pairings, including Tacos de Chicharron made fresh from El Taco Bike, and Tortas Ahogadas with a divine chipotle sauce. We’ll also be showcasing a brand new cocktail developed by Tamarindo that will feature the Wahaka Joven. And no party is complete without musical beats from DJ EKG.

For ticket information, please check here.

Max, Bricia and I are looking forward to seeing you!