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The words for tools used to make mezcal vary by the tool and where they’re from. One that seems fairly consistent is “mazo” which means the mallet used to hand crush roasted agave prior to fermentation. This is back, shoulder, and arm breaking work – not to mention incredibly time consuming – which is why so few people do it. 

Mazos in use at La Reina raicilla distillery.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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