The roots of mezcal

The roots of mezcal

Alex White has quietly been making a name for himself these past few years. He moved to Oaxaca to work with mezcal and an art residency; for him the two are inextricably intertwined. Among the many results are Rezpiral, a mezcal label with constantly rotating batches...
Quarantine Book Series pt. 6: Protest Graffiti Mexico Oaxaca

Quarantine Book Series pt. 6: Protest Graffiti Mexico Oaxaca

This post is part of a series that began with cookbooks but now will include other types of books. On my mind amid the protests that have swept the country has been art, and specifically protest art, which like protest music can be such a force for creating unity and...

Guarape

A strange word which seems like it’s only used in Oaxaca guarape comes from “guarapo” which means sugar cane juice and, in some cases, fermented sugar cane juice. The non alcoholic version is wide spread in central and south America, a staple of...
Moving the conversation forward

Moving the conversation forward

The post below comes from Khrys Maxwell, former agave educator with Tequila Fortaleza and frequent Mezcalistas collaborator. Most blind tastings are done to award points and medals all based upon someone’s preferences and sometimes, politics and money. I’ve had the...
Mezcal by Proxy – The Tres Tiempos Story

Mezcal by Proxy – The Tres Tiempos Story

One of the great frustrations so many of us have felt over the years is how few mezcal producers, the actual mezcaleros, are able to represent themselves and the mezcal they produce. This of course has everything to do with the visa application process and money....
Bespoke mezcal for your bar

Bespoke mezcal for your bar

Maguey Melate, the company that has started a mezcal of the month club with artisanal distillers in Oaxaca, is now offering a new service: they will source a unique mezcal batch for your restaurant or bar. I’ve seen bars do this on occasion here in the United...