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Almost 250 people braved the stormy elements last Friday in Baltimore out of their burning desire to see the special screening of Agave: Spirit of a Nation. Now granted, Baltimore is home to filmmakers Matt Riggieri and Nick Kovacic, but given the always packed house at Clavel, the love of agave is real in that town.

Recently I snagged the last ticket to an intimate mezcal tasting at ABV’s refashioned upstairs event room.Marco Ochoa of Mezcaloteca and Andrea Hagan of Mezcouting were in town and had coordinated a tasting with ABV’s Ryan Fitzgerald. The audience was a cluster of local bar culture from all over the Bay Area, Prizefighter to School Night, and all the locations in-between. And what a show,

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!

San Diego seems like a lifetime ago, though it was definitely not forgettable between the main event and the two mezcal paired dinners hosted by Kettner Exchange and Solare. I am still dreaming of that divine curry like sauce that topped the striped sea bass at the Kettner dinner and the risotto with lemon gelee at Solare. Yep, that good.

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.

[caption id="attachment_7815" align="alignnone" width="1024"] [media-credit id=3 align="alignnone" width="1024"][/media-credit] The line up of cocktails for the Tacolicious Crab Bender dinner.[/caption] Tacolicious' annual crab dinners are right around the corner which is always a great opportunity to open up the wallet for a San Francisco tradition but this year they're doing things a bit differently at the Marina location because the companion cocktails for the meal are all made with mezcal and now that marijuana is legal in California, CBD as well. They're using El Silencio for all the cocktails and sourcing their CBD from Sonoma Hills Farm.The cooking and mixing with marijuana trend has been bubbling away for some time but, given the legal necessity, always underground. Now that things are out in the open people are starting to experiment and we're glad to see that mezcal is in the mix.

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.

Sadly, the title isn't click bait, it's true, I did go to the annual Feria del Mezcal in Oaxaca and drank some delicious beer. Mezcal was well represented by some strong brands but the scene was decidedly mixed. There were the usual bottles of cremas and murky yellow bottles labeled as mezcal, and at night, it definitely turned into the biggest party in town.

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