If you haven’t yet dove into the growing river of mezcal that’s been flowing north from Mexico in the last few years, you have an opportunity this Sunday, October 15, to get very wet when Mexico in a Bottle returns to the Chop Shop. That’s a daylong tasting of more than 100 mezcals and other agave spirits, including racilla, bacanora, tuxca, and even a couple Mexican rums.
Many of the bottles aren’t even available for sale in the U.S. Some of the producers will be on hand to pour and tell their tales, which goes a long way toward fostering an understanding of how plant species, time, terroir, method, equipment, and tradition all lead to a spirit more varied, complex, and nuanced than whiskey.
There will be presentations, including one by Quiote’s Jay Schroeder, who’ll be discussing “sustainability in the world of agave cultivation and how we need to be thinking about that with cocktail mezcals.” Quiote will also be serving food there alongside Birrieria Zaragoza, Dove’s Luncheonette, Leña Brava, and Presidio Lounge.
It’s all brought to you by San Francisco-based Mezcalistas, aka Susan Coss and Max Garrone, who blew their agave blog up into a full blown event and consulting company “dedicated to raising awareness about mezcal in the United States.” They’re staging it in partnership with Chicago-based Lou Bank, who heads the not for profit S.A.C.R.E.D. (Saving Agave for Culture, Recreation, Education and Development). If you’ve never attended one of Bank’s tastings about town, you’ve missed out on an agave evangelist, a born storyteller who brings the world of the small-batch maestros he visits to life. Drinking mezcal with Bank is as close as you can get to Oaxaca without a direct flight.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit an organization called SiKanda, which is trying to rebuild a community center in Zaachila that was destroyed in Oaxaca’s recent earthquake.
Mexico in a Bottle Sun 10/15, 3-7 PM, Chop Shop, 2033 W. North, $55-$65.