Agave futures amidst COVID-19

Agave futures amidst COVID-19

No matter where you are, we’re all basically in the same situation. I write this from my incongruously peaceful shelter in place. I’ve heard from many people in the bar and spirits industries that they’re either waiting for something to happen or more busy than they...
NETA is finally here

NETA is finally here

My first inkling about NETA’s existence was six years ago after the first Mexico in a Bottle. It was a stressful day because it was our first real, honest to god public mezcal tasting, so we’d been running around putting out fires for weeks and finally had a mezcal...
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...
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...