Event Category: Special Mezcal Tasting

Mezcal Week: Beyond Oaxaca

Join us on Friday, September 13th at 6:30 pm for a special class in honor of Mezcal Week! While most of Mezcal comes from the state of Oaxaca, there are regions all over Mexico that produce delicious agave spirits. Taste through different regional Mezcals from Puebla, Durango, Michoacan, and beyond. We’ll discuss the aspects of terroir that makes each region special including agave varieties, production methods, and traditions.

Classes are 2 hours long, including a Q&A session with Astor Center Instructor Tess Rose Lampert.

What you can expect:

7 Tasting pours of Mezcal
Palate-cleansing salsa & chips
A 10% discount on all spirits tasted to use in-store after class

What you will learn:

An overview of different Mezcal-producing regions
What factors impact terroir in Mezcal and how to taste for them
The different production methods and traditions that surround Mezcal

What’s in your mouth? An Agave spirits blind tasting

Think you know agave spirits? Can you taste the difference between agave roasted in a brick oven or earthen pit? What about an espadin versus a cupreata? Or a spirit distilled in copper versus clay? This is your chance to put the pedal to metl and test your agave palette knowledge. Join Khrys Maxwell of Tequila Fortaleza and Susan Coss of Mezcalistas and The Mezcal Collaborative as we taste through eight agave spirits from all over Mexico at Littleton’s Adelitas Restaurant on Saturday, September 14th from 11am till 1pm. Not only is this a great way to test your knowledge, it’s also a great way to learn how to taste differences in flavor from agave, region to production style. And while we crown a winner with a unique bottle of an agave distillate, it’s really more about the fun in learning.Ticket is all inclusive and also includes light snacks and a special copita.

Meat & Mezcal

Novela and Del Maguey are pairing up for Mezcal Week 2019, and have a smokey-savory experience for your taste buds!

Enjoy a sampling of Del Maguey’s Single Village Mezcals and house-made meats made to pair from Novela’s kitchen at our Mezcal Week event on Tuesday, September 10th.

Del Maguey will be there pouring tastings and offering educational information to those who are interested! Tickets are $15 pre-sale, and $20 at the door for a flight of four Mezcals, and unlimited meats. A limited number of complementary Copitas (mezcal tasting cups) will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis – so grab your ticket and arrive early!

Mexico in a Bottle Denver

Mexico in a Bottle comes to Denver! Join us for our Denver debut at Finn’s Manor as we celebrate Mexican craft spirits, food, art and music, on Mexican Independence Day.

What began as a tribute to mezcal, the embodiment of Mexico, Mexico in a Bottle has evolved to showcase the growing craft beverage scene in Mexico. No longer just an agave driven movement, we now see rum, whiskey, and of course wine making its way to shelves here in the United States. The story of mezcal and these other elixirs isn’t just about alcohol, each bottle contains a piece of Mexican culture, and is a living link to history, tradition, art, and music – life and death all in a bottle.

Banhez Mezcal Tasting with Gabriel de Foresta

Join us on 9/10 starting at 2pm for complimentary opening cocktails featuring Banhez Mezcal & botanas at the bar, followed by a Banhez presentation & tasting of several different expressions. Stick around for a special Banhez Happy Hour at 4pm, featuring Banhez mezcal flights & cocktails! Please RSVP to kelly@espitadc.com as spaces are limited.

Through the Roof: An Evening Celebrating our Blooming Agave

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance invites you to this evening celebration half a century in the making!

Member Pre-sale starts 9am on Monday, July 22, 2019
General Public sale starts 9am on Monday, July 29, 2019

Join in the fun as we celebrate the life of our guest-of-honor, a Century Plant affectionately known as Maya. After 50 years of preparation, Maya has shot up 37 feet through the Conservatory roof in a marvelous, once-in-a-lifetime bloom. Satisfy your curiosity about this unique desert plant and engage your senses with agave-fueled cocktails and spirits from some of the world’s best distilleries paired with delicious food bites from some of Chicago’s best multi-cultural restaurants. This is a ticketed event, with limited space available.

Participating Restaurants:
Bar Sótano
Dos Urban Cantina
Estrella Negra
Flat & Point
Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar
Ludlow Liquors & Young American
Quiote & Todos Santos
The Swill Inn
Thai Dang at HaiSous
Tied House

Participating Distilleries:
Balancan Agave Spirits
Banhez Mezcal
Mezcal Creyente
Cruz De Fuego Mezcal
El Tesoro Tequila
La Luna Mezcal
Mezcal Lalocura
Maestro Dobel Tequila
Prolijo Mezcal
Sombra Mezcal
Trianon Tequila

Check back soon for a full list of distilleries and restaurants.

This event wouldn’t be possible without our partnership with SACRED. Check out their time-lapse video of Maya at agave.me.

Thank you to La Luna Mezcal for sponsoring the video.

Love the Conservatory? Become a Member! When you become a member, we all grow. Support the programs and plants you love while receiving great benefits such as purchasing tickets in advance of the public to this event. Join here: bit.ly/gpcamember

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