Agave price update

It’s the heart of your mezcal and the culture around it but how much is the actual agave worth and who’s getting paid? And why is it so god damned expensive? There are no easy answers but lots of trends. For much of this year we’ve been hearing that the price of agave...
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,...

Mezcal’s "New World Order"

Sure, the Thanksgiving break intervened but we wanted to take a quick minute to talk about the second annual Mezcal Week. It was great all around with tastings, art openings, special menus, you name it. And it was truly global with events on three continents spanning...

Mezcal Week is in full swing

Yes, it’s that time of year again. There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are turning color, and Mezcal Week is taking over a bar near you. We have already seen the amazing Alipus Agave Trail in Melbourne, the Lágrimas preview at Overproof in SF, and so...