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Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle

Mezcalistas, like everyone else in the mezcal business, is experiencing its own share of growing pains. Limited resources (it's a 2.5 person shop) and capital constraints (bootstrapping all we do) come smack up against all we want to do for the category, all the time. It's simultaneously painful and euphoric to be in this place of so much possibility and so much work.

What an amazing day we had at House of Yes in Bushwick, Brooklyn celebrating Mexican Independence Day! The sun came out and the spirit of Mexico permeated every nook and cranny. It was a sold out event (thank you!) and we couldn't have asked for a better crowd to celebrate all things Mexican in a Bottle.

It has been just over a week since our big, sold out Mexico in a Bottle DC event. A lot has changed in the DC market since we were there last year, primarily the landscape of Mexican restaurants and Mezcalerias - with a full slate of just opened (Mi Vida at the Wharf) and the soon to open fine dining establishments from the folks behind Taco Bamba and TTT (Tacos, Tortas and Tequila). It's great to see DC embracing higher end Mexican food and of course, mezcal. We look forward to working with these guys next year!

Man, San Diego is a real trip. Warm weather, curvy coastline, ravines running through the middle of town. Oh and amazing people who love mezcal. Suffice to say that our inaugural Mexico in a Bottle San Diego was a slamming success. We have to thank everyone involved but especially Bread & Salt for such an amazing location. There's an patio open to the sky as well as nooks and crannies filled with art. Here's a photo gallery for your delectation.

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.

[media-credit name="Photo | Michael Skrzypek" align="aligncenter" width="1024"][/media-credit] 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?

[caption id="attachment_7137" align="aligncenter" width="768"] The vasos all ready for Mexico in a Bottle Chicago 2017 participants. Photo: Max Garrone.[/caption] 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.

It’s that time of year again where we take the show on the road and bath the streets of Chicago with mezcal. We're so excited to be returning to Chop Shop on October 15th for year two of Mexico in a Bottle Chicago!

This year is particularly poignant given the event is happening in the wake of two devastating earthquakes in Mexico. For that reason, we are very pleased to be partnering with SACRED, a non-profit based in Chicago that works with mezcal producing communities to support community libraries, agave replanting projects, and water preservation.

Holy cow was that crazy and insane, and yes even a little fun - two days of agave (oh and Mexican rum!) and 1200 people, it was a not for the faint of heart.Denver, you are one beautiful town with hands down the nicest Lyft drivers anywhere, and a taco scene that gives LA a run for the money.

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