Conversations in Agave April recordings

Conversations in Agave April recordings

The launch of Conversations in Agave last month was a true labor of love. Like the rest of the world, transitioning to a virtual platform is quite a learning curve, not only in figuring out all of the technical details, but also understanding what kind of content and...
The mini explosion

The mini explosion

Since Silencio’s Cora Tang told me that their mini bottles were selling like hot cakes others in the industry seem to be headed the same direction. The sudden move to off premise sales means that everyone is scrambling to present mezcal in ready to take out portions....
Quarantine Cookbook Series Pt. 4: Mexican Today

Quarantine Cookbook Series Pt. 4: Mexican Today

I am very impressed with the amount of bread baking happening in this time of Corona. Cooking has always been a sort of escape for me, be it an outlet for procrastination, creativity or dealing with stress. If this time at home does nothing more than cause a...

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...
A revolution in spirits?

A revolution in spirits?

COVID 19 is burning its way through the world, taking lives, ruining businesses, and keeping us all inside. It changed everything in the space of days. A week that started with full restaurants and bars quickly transitioned to dining at socially distanced tables. Then...
The virtual world of online mezcal tastings

The virtual world of online mezcal tastings

The move to virtual programming in the world of alcohol has been pretty impressive ranging from bartending demos and talks on Instagram to virtual happy hours to hosted Zoom talks and of course to our own Zoom series – Conversations in Agave. It is a great time...
Experiments in barrel aging

Experiments in barrel aging

The other week I wrote a piece about a collaboration between Mezcal Tosba and a new brand out of New Mexico called Doña Tules. I had a chance to follow up on the story with the man behind the New Mexico project, filmmaker Scott Andrews. A side benefit of sheltering in...
A mezcal tasting flight grows in Brooklyn

A mezcal tasting flight grows in Brooklyn

The COVID 19 crisis has changed a lot of things, among them state laws governing alcohol sales. New York was one of, if not the, first states to open up those laws so it may only be fitting that one of the more creative ideas to come out of this entire catastrophe is...