About that raicilla DO

About that raicilla DO

There was news this week that raicilla would be getting its own Denominacion de Origen (DO). The devil of course is in the details. Having been overshadowed by the tequila industry, raicilla began taking root in consumers minds in the U.S. with the introduction of La...

Spirited women

Just back from the San Antonio Cocktail Conferences (my recap is here) where I was able to attend some terrific seminars helmed by a few leaders in the industry, who happen to be women. I say it like that because I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable with how...

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference rundown

Just back from five days at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference – a fun and enlightening industry gathering that was simultaneously overwhelming and intimate. It was a great opportunity to connect with some of the key players in the industry and attend some very...
Who adds mezcal to beer?

Who adds mezcal to beer?

That’s not a hypothetical question. I have yet to see a mezcal boilermaker, I’m sure it’s been done. But a local San Francisco brewer recently caught my eye because she really is adding mezcal to her beer, but before it gets into the keg. Meet Regan Long master brewer...
In loving memory – Edgardo Santamaria Ortiz, DJ EKG

In loving memory – Edgardo Santamaria Ortiz, DJ EKG

The Mezcalistas family suffered a tremendous loss last week, the passing of our resident musical director, and very dear friend, Edgardo Santamaria, DJ EKG. From our humble beginnings of the Music.Art.Mezcal series at a gallery in San Francisco to our Pop-up...
The TTB refines standards for agave spirits

The TTB refines standards for agave spirits

Just after Thanksgiving (perhaps just in time to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition…) the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the agency that oversees all things alcohol industry related, released its updated labeling and advertising regulations....
A misguided love child

A misguided love child

Sometimes there are things that come across your desk that you wish you could laugh at the ridiculousness and then just toss it to the side. The was my initial thought with Restival Oaxaca, but it managed to spark a firestorm of emotions in me that I have not been...
The furfural and methanol kerfuffle

The furfural and methanol kerfuffle

File this under blog posts that get lost among a pile of back to back events and a crazy fall… In a move to be transparent, Del Maguey posted a piece on its blog in September explaining that the ABV for a few of its expressions was going to increase because of...