Erstwhile Mezcal is an artisanal mezcal brand based in Brooklyn, New York and Oaxaca, Mexico. We specialize in small-batch artisanal and ancestral mezcal.
We set ourselves apart from other mezcal brands in several ways. For starters, we do not sacrifice excellence to maximize profit or convenience. We commit the Erstwhile brand if and only if it is an excellent or extraordinary mezcal. No matter how small the volume. No matter how cumbersome the logistics.
Second, we are curatorial. Our vision is to keep on discovering excellent, previously-unavailable distillations by new mezcaleros, and bringing these distillations to mezcal lovers under the Erstwhile brand. In this sense we are not encumbered by family loyalty like family-owned brands are, and support not just one but all the families of mezcaleros we partner with.
Third, we care about our mezcalero partners’ economic empowerment, and put our money where our mouth is. We seek out mezcaleros who are interested in exporting out of Mexico, but do not have the means to do so on their own. If a mezcalero wants to be but is not certified, we help him / her get certified. If a mezcalero does not have all the necessary paperwork for export, we front the investment to get him / her ready for export. We feel good about the fact that we help our mezcalero partners clear these hurdles from the get-go, independent of their work with us in the future.
Last but not least, we are committed to mezcal education, transparency, sustainability and fair trade. Erstwhile Mezcal is a woman-owned business. We support fellow women in mezcal production and all aspects of the industry whenever possible.