Acre Mezcal began as a simple project to bring small batch mezcal to guests staying at the Acre Baja resort outside of San Jose del Cabo in Baja, Mexico. Eventually, the project became a formal brand and has four expressions – espadin, tobala, tepextate and cenizo. They source their mezcal from Oaxaca and Durango and work with two mezcaleros, Jorge Burciaga in Nombre de Dios, Durango and Honorato Cruz in Santa Ana del Rio in Oaxaca. Acre Mezcal was one of the first mezcal brands to raise money by doing a crowdsourcing campaign through Start Engine. As of November 2021, they have raised $1.1 million USD.
Acre supports sustainability efforts on the part of the mezcaleros they work with including agave reforestation efforts and repurposing by product waste. In Oaxaca, Honorato Cruz allows half of his wild Tobalá and Tepeztate plants to be pollinated by the bats, sacrificing his own yield to protect the future. Tepeztate is an endangered species, so these actions are vital to the survival of the species and the industry in Oaxaca. In Durango, Jorge Burciaga repurposes the vinasa and bagazo from his mezcal production to make adobe bricks, which are then donated to the local community. You can learn more about the brand at their website.