1. Agave cupreata (Papalote) es endémico de la cuenca del Balsas, este habita en bosques de pino y encino y selvas bajas

2. Agave durangensis (Cenizo). Utilizado para producir pulque y #mezcal, es exclusivo de Durango y Zacatecas

3. El Agave salmiana es la especie pulquera por excelencia; fue deificada como Mayahuel

Vía: @ExpoMezcal

I painted this in 1972 after reading Malcolm Lowry’s “Under The Volcano” and looking at a Mixtec book. The figure is actually a hieroglyph in the Mixtec written language, but I imagined him rushing through Lowry’s hallucinogenic landscape. The story takes place in the mind of a British consul who is drinking himself to death on a kind of mezcal that produces visions. The painting hung in my parent’s dining room for over 40 years, until my dad died recently at 97. It’s a pretty large canvas (55” X 68”) for me, as I generally work very small. I was done with drugs by the 70’s, but who knows? Perhaps it was an acid flashback. — Michael Lipsey

FvF Journal | A Brief History of Mezcal 

Mezcal: a drink that “should be kissed, not shot.” The smoky, layered alcohol is taking the reins as Mexico’s handcrafted liquor of choice.

The complex production process only heightens the anticipation of an encounter with mezcal. We went straight to the source to learn about distilling traditions and the folklore of this agave spirit.