Went to the north to catch some trout. All I caught were these views.
Black Lives Matter! . . The system is white. The system is built for the privileged. The system is racist. I am white. I am privileged. I am racist. . . Wrestling with this fact is sqaurely on our [my fellow white folks] shoulders. Our fragility and emotions cannot burden Black and Brown people. . . We should recognize that they are the ones fixing this unjust system, even though it should not fall to them. We should feel mad at what has been done for centuries. We should support them and aid them in the changes they want to see, even if it means tearing it all down. Our ancestors didn't build this country, their's did. . . I have the privilege to work this week educating folks on something I love dearly. Each day I work I will be donating to bail funds to support the protesters doing truly essential work. I will also ask each attendee of the events I take part in to donate if they can and will match each donation up to $5. If we are lucky enough to talk about something we love, we can support the Black and Brown youth leaders trying to save the people they love.
MAESTRO MARCELINO is here!! . . A couple months ago, when the amigxs @sacredagave and @iswasbrewing asked me to wrangle up some roasted agave for an upcoming beer, I knew just who to ask! Marcelino Martinez is one of the Maestro Mezcaleros for @banhezmezcalartesanal and also one of my favorite drinking buddies. . . He kindly shared one of his freshly roasted espadin with us, which I promptly put in a suitcase and brought back to Chicago. . . With it is/was crafted TWO, yes two, amazing beers with a portion of sales going to SACRED to aid in agave replanting. . . BONUS! When your order Maestro you can also donate directly to SACRED to do more good. The first 24 folks who do so will receive a special @mezcalychelas thank you gift. Link in bio!
If you've visited Banhez Mezcal you've probably met Luis Perez or Eutimio Coronado. These guys share an unwavering passion for Ejutla and its people. . . Right now the effects of the coronavirus are being felt all around the world. The small communities of Ejutla have been hit hard as the vast majority of events and visits from tourists and mezcal enthusiasts have been cancelled. Nevertheless, they are continuing the tradition of producing their incredible mezcal, as they have for generations. . . As a way to help, Luis and Eutimio, have put together a Ejutla Mezcal Futures collection, highlighting numerous varietals of mezcal from 13 different Maestros located throughout Ejutla. Each spirit was produced using a refrescadora style still, which is traditional for the region. Thanks to our amigxs at Sacred Agave, you can easily access the collection and your purchase will go directly to the folks in Ejutla! . . After purchase, your bottles will be stored at the UPADEC Headquarters to be picked up or dropped in Oaxaca City upon your next visit. LINK IN BIO!
My parents are celebrating 40 years of marriage today! . . Lots of people have been lucky enough to call Jim and Joan a parent or friend in some form over the years. They made our haunted house in the woods a home full of love, adventure, and of course good food. . . Raising a glass to them and all the love they've put out into this weird world.
During these strange times I have witnessed amazing acts of kindness and humanity all throughout the industry. . . Case in point, my friends over at @hopewellbrewing are raising money so the wonderful folks at @healingtoaction can continue their important work. @madframbes and I put together a few little gifts to thank people for donating. . . Hopefully this is the first of many times we can say thanks to people for their much needed support. Salud!
This photo always makes me happy. It takes me back to a Oaxaca rooftop surrounded by @madframbes artwork, pouring @banhezmezcalartesanal for friends new and old from places near and far, all to the musical backdrop of @melo.dico It also makes me realize how much I miss sharing mezcal and music with my friends and the blurry but lasting memories it makes. So I did a thing. I tried every (mostly) mezcal in my house. I paired it with a song and made my amigxs (aka you) a playlist. I hope you can take a minute and relax with a mezcal and a song. Please share your #mezcalymusica recs with me and give mine a listen if you want. Musica in bio. Mezcal Pairings in comments. 📷 : @gabonghi
The Piñuela fruit was totally new to me until Esperanza showed @sacredagave and me some at the Patricio family palenque. Piñuelas are from the Bromelia family and like pineapple plants are part of a small group of terrestrial bromeliads. When eaten raw they are super tart and floral in the best way possible. Apolonio told us that his father and him would gather these in the field when checking their agaves, crops, and cattle. They would bury them on top of coals to roast and eat them the next morning when they returned to the field. At the palenque Polo's son Juan Jesus tossed a few into the fire below their still. He had us peel them like a banana and eat the now carmelized and sweet fruit. Basically all this to say I am a big fan of Piñuelas and shouts to Papa Jandernoa for teaching me to eat strange foods you find in nature.