Mexican bitters make a stand

Mexican bitters make a stand

If you look closely at many a mezcal bar you’ll find three bottles of Mexican amari that really stand out from Royal Vallet in Mexico. The Fernet-Vallet, Amargo-Vallet, and Granada-Vallet are imported by Jacob Lustig of Haas Brothers which is also responsible for Don...
Who adds mezcal to beer?

Who adds mezcal to beer?

That’s not a hypothetical question. I have yet to see a mezcal boilermaker, I’m sure it’s been done. But a local San Francisco brewer recently caught my eye because she really is adding mezcal to her beer, but before it gets into the keg. Meet Regan Long master brewer...
How to manage mezcal tasting notes

How to manage mezcal tasting notes

The Mezcalistas Mezcal Tasting Journal An interior page of the Mezcalistas Mezcal Tasting Journal. The back cover of the Mezcalistas Mezcal Tasting Journal. When we started selling the Mezcal Tasting Journals we weren’t exactly sure how they’d be received....
Put the insect back into your cocktail

Put the insect back into your cocktail

You know you’re in good company when someone says “where’s the cricket in here?” about your drink. That’s exactly what Julia Plevin, half of Critter Bitters, told me as we sat down to taste the Critter Bitters Toasted Cricket Bitters. That is the first in, up to now,...