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Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle

Art, Music, Food, Mezcal, Life
 
Mezcal is the embodiment of Mexico. More than just a beverage, it represents more than 500 years of history and culture. Mezcal’s story isn’t just about alcohol; each bottle is a living link to Mexican history, tradition, art, and music. It’s life and death all in a bottle.
 
Join some of the biggest figures in the mezcal world as we celebrate Mexico’s greatest spirit through tastings, art, music, and a series of exclusive discussions of the hottest topics in the mezcal world.  And to keep that whistle wet, the hottest Mexican restaurants from the Bay Area will pair exclusive bites with magical mezcal cocktails. 

Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle brings together figures as varied as:

  • Erick Rodriguez of Almamezcalera, the “Indiana Jones of Mezcal” 
  • Raza Zaidi of Wahaka mezcal
  • Ivan Saldaña from Montelobos mezcal
  • Clayton Szczech of Experience Mezcal
  • John McEvoy the Mezcal PhD  
  • Max Garrone and Susan Coss of Mezcalistas
  • And many more.  

We’ll taste mezcals from a wide variety of brands from some of the biggest in the business to tiny production mezcals not currently available in the US as part of our special tasting series and panel discussions led by Jaime Qiu & Adrian Vazquez of Agave Tips. And, you’ll get a chance to work through horizontal tastings to get a real sense for just how distinct each bottle really is. 

Fine cuisine and cocktails from some of the best Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area including: 

  • Tamarindo
  • Lolo
  • La Urbana
  • Colibri
  • And more!
     

Mixed video by Fernando Lopez, art installations from Mezcal CUISH, Proyecto Palenqueros, Lorena Zertuche, Jhovany Rodriguez, Txutxo Perez and music by DJ EKG.

GET YOUR TICKETS

Join some of the biggest figures in the mezcal world as we celebrate Mexico's greatest spirit through tastings, art, music, and a series of exclusive discussions of the hottest topics in the mezcal world.

 

The Tiny Print

  • The event is 21 and over so bring your ID as we will card anyone who appears younger than 30. 
  • We will be tasting high percentage alcohols that mostly range from 45-50% so we recommend that you don’t drive. BART and MUNI both have stops very close to Public Works and taxi rides will get you where you need to go without incident.

Pop Up Mezcaleria Event

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Pop Up Mezcaleria Event

Having fun with Susan from Los Mezcalistas!

Meet Max Garrone, one of the Mezcalistas.

It was great meeting Bricia Lopez.

Wait to hear and taste Elisandro’s artisanal mezcal! He just got to the Bay and he is about to bring his brand to the US.

Some of the art present at The Bold Italic

Meet Raza from Wahaka mezcal, Adrian from Cantina, Bricia Lopez from Guelaguetza and Jaime. (from left to right.)

Mezcal and Terroir

Be the First to Taste Sabios de Luá Mezcal!

Join in the inaugural meeting of the Agave Tip Tasting Club at The Boothby Center, a new semi-regular gathering of agave spirit lovers where all are invited to taste, discuss and share all things agave-related.

Sabios de Luá mezcal is hosting this exclusive tasting and round table as a pre-launch in the United States in partnership with Agave Tip & The Boothby Center. Stay in the know and be the first one to taste four of the different varieties from the “Wise Men of Oaxaca”:

Espadin, Madrecuixe, Ensamble Madrecuixe & Mexicano.

Experience the impact of the agave’s terroir, as each and every batch is picked from different microclimates and has its own charms. The libations we are going to taste this time come straight from San Isidro Guishe, Mihuatlán, Oaxaca, México.

Tickets are $30 and include the tasting of 4 mezcals and the experience. All proceeds go toward the BCCAC’s mission of preserving and advancing the cocktail and saloon culture of the San Francisco Bay Area.

PLEASE BE ON TIME  as we will start right at 6:30. The schedule is as follows:

6:30- 6:45 pm Welcome and Botanas

6:45- 7:00 pm History of the Brand

7:00- 7:40 pm Tasting

7:40- 8:30 pm Round Table

For tickets go here.

For questions and industry discounts e-mail us at: agavetip@gmail.com

*Students must be 21 years old and older and will be identified at the beginning of the class.

Small Batch VS. Corporate Tasting part. I

Small batch vs. corporate was the topic we discussed at our 5th Agave Tip tasting yesterday night. We tasted and talked about: El Señorío Mezcal (Young with two worms), Herradura Antiguo (Blanco and Reposado), Maestro Dobel & Pueblo Viejo Orgullo Añejo.   We also tasted Casa ZG Sangrita which was mailed for us to taste a couple of days ago.

We started the evening watching Craft Distillers’ video on Mezcal, which was also mailed for us to watch at the tasting. This is a really good introductory video for all the ones who want to get in the know of Mezcal. The video was filmed in Oaxaca and explains the process of Los Danzantes or Los Nahuales Mezcal mainly. You can see the artisanal process and explains some of the differences with Tequila.

We continued tasting El Señorío Mezcal (Young) with two worms, which I personally think is a transitional Mezcal for people who only drink Tequila. It has an interesting smell, as the first approach to your senses is the distinctive smell of those worms that affect the flavor and smell. It gets better as it breathes. The first sip has that same worm flavor to it, which makes difficult to taste the agave notes and that distinctive smokiness.
As you keep sipping, you start getting the flavors of the agave and a subtle smoky/peppery aftertaste which I think should be the first and not last notes to taste. We gave it a positive review as it is an easy to drink Mezcal and it appeals to people who are trying to taste something different, although not that smokey.

We were lucky enough to have Herradura’s ambassador leading our tasting for Herradura Antiguo. We learned a couple of fun facts about this brand:
– They cook the agaves for 26 hours and takes them 24 hours to cool down.
– Antiguos have an extra filtration.
– Antiguo Reposado and Añejo are blends of different tequilas.
– Antiguo Reposado is rested for 4 months in new and used American oak barrels.
– The original recipe for the Reposado used to be rested for 9 months.

This brand was brought to the market to compete in the same category as Jose Cuervo Tradicional. We first tasted the Antiguo Blanco. It has a smooth approach to the nose, you can get pepper notes, a lot of cooked agave and a little sweetness to it. On the mouth, you can taste the cooked agave, caramel comes on your mid palate and pepper appears at the very end. Its great for cocktails, but not necessarily needs any mixer. Good value for your money and good taste overall.

Antiguo reposado is definitely one of Mexico’s favorite everyday choices as its not as expensive and there’s always a bottle of it at everyones’ houses. You can definitely get the American oak notes on your nose at first. Some earthiness and pepper as well. It is pretty generous on the palate as it has a lot going on, you get the oak at first, then comes the cooked agave with some caramel notes and the pepper comes at the end. Great for sipping and makes great Palomas as well.

The next Tequila in our Riedel glasses was Maestro Dobel. This Tequila was the first ever ‘diamond filtered’ tequila. This crisp clear blended Tequila has an interesting approach. We couldn’t decide if this Tequila appeals to non-tequila drinkers or proper connoisseurs. They explained to us that this technique was also developed to keep the agave notes in the Tequila even if its a blend of reposados and añejos. We also learned that even if its a blend from an extra añejo Tequila, you can only name it after the youngest blend, which in this case is the reposado. This tequila has a peppery first approach on the nose; you can still get the notes from the cooked agave. It has a well balanced flavor in your mouth and leaves a cooked agave after taste. A good overall experience, but I think you can get better Tequilas for the price.

part II coming soon…