Most of you are probably familiar with Erick Rodríguez’s iconic brand, Almamezcalera Pal’Alma. The poetic brand name evokes the connection between mezcal and the soul. Erick is a staple at Mexico In A Bottle, and the mezcals regularly make appearances
This past week Tales of the Cocktail managed to happen successfully in New Orleans. For a few minutes there it seemed like the apocalypse was going to descend, fortunately it was spared and the confluence of bartenders, spirits producers, and
Part one of this two part series can be found here. La Ruta del Mezcal - Day 2 The next morning we were met by Miguel Angel of San Luis Autentico, a tour agency offering a variety of tours for any visit
This is the first part of a two part series. The second part can be found here. The first thing I noticed were the lack of topes (speed bumps) as we left the San Luis Potosi airport in our rental car.
Touring Mezcal Country The explosion of mezcal, and growing interest in where it comes from has created a mini tourist boom, primarily in Oaxaca, but also in other regions where it is produced. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on who you ask,
[caption id="attachment_3842" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Omar Hernanez in his taller[/caption] If you're really into mezcal you have probably already been acquainted with Omar Hernandez's creations. He's a Oaxaca based ceramicist whose copitas are starting to pop up in bars and restaurants in the United States but cover the walls, shelves, and anything else they'll sit on at his taller at Alcalá 303 in Oaxaca. It's on the main drag just down from Santo Domingo and next door to Oro de Oaxaca which makes it difficult to miss.
I am often asked - where is the best place to try mezcal in the Bay Area? And my usual reply is, well, my house. Logistics make it hard to actually have everyone over - kid with homework and a
Erick Rodriguez is many things. He guides tours, advocates for mezcal, sources mezcal, has his own label, and travels tirelessly to see what's out there in the vastness of Mexico's agave growing and distilling regions. He truly is one of
It takes some cojones to throw a mezcal tasting in San Francisco during the annual SF Pride celebration. Add to that the historic Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage, a Giants home game, and the farewell Grateful Dead concert, and
Yesterday we had a fine time at Tres' back room wending our way through their annual La Ruta del Mezcal with a variety of fellow aficionados and industry reps. A special shout out to Jayson Naona who organized everything. We