Erstwhile Presents: The World’s First Bacon Pechuga Mezcal

Erstwhile Mezcal is thrilled to release the world’s first Bacon Pechuga, an all-women collaboration between Erstwhile founder Yuan Ji, Master Distiller Hortensia Hernández Martínez, and her daughters - Lidia and Nallely - in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. This remarkable 300-liter batch of Bacon Pechuga Mezcal is one of seven exciting new limited-edition releases from Erstwhile Mezcal [...]

By |2021-10-22T14:40:56+00:00September 21st, 2021|News|0 Comments

Juan Abel Quiroz Agustín: Master Mezcalero

Master Mezcalero Juan Abel Quiroz Agustín prefers to go by “Abel”. Born and raised in Santa María Sola where he still resides, Abel saved for years before achieving the dream of building his own palenque next to his house. Santa María Sola is a municipality in the district of Sola de Vega, in the [...]

By |2021-07-05T20:22:06+00:00June 26th, 2021|News|0 Comments

In Memoriam: Juan Hernández Méndez

Juan Hernández Méndez - our friend; Erstwhile Mezcal's partner producer; loving husband and father of four; skilled mezcal artisan from Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca - passed away on Sunday evening, September 27, 2020. We are drinking Juan's mezcal tonight to remember him.  We hope you are too. Where to begin?  Juan was kind.  Juan was welcoming.  [...]

By |2020-09-29T15:32:21+00:00September 29th, 2020|News|0 Comments

How to Pack the Mezcal Oven | Tips from Rey Arellanes Angeles, Santa Catarinas Minas, Oaxaca

Rey Arellanes Angeles, a skilled producer of ancestral mezcal, runs a tight ship in Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca. While Erstwhile Mezcal’s current lineup does not feature any mezcal made by Rey, my co-founder Kevin and I are his fans in our personal capacity as mezcal enthusiasts.  We have many of Rey’s distillations in our personal [...]

By |2021-07-11T06:29:19+00:00March 2nd, 2020|News|0 Comments

Erstwhile Mezcal’s Online Shop is Live!

Hello, fellow mezcal lovers!  We have some really exciting news to share with you.  You can now order Erstwhile Mezcal online directly from our website, and have your favorite mezcals shipped directly to your front door or to family / friends all over the country! To fully understand why this is such a big deal for us, consider Erstwhile [...]

By |2021-09-15T22:12:11+00:00June 25th, 2019|News|0 Comments

La Lonchería + Erstwhile = Best NYC Mezcal Monday

It is our immense pleasure to spotlight and team up with our friends at La Lonchería: New York’s first Mexican lonchería and our beloved neighborhood mezcaleria in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Imagine a classic Mexican cantina meets modern luncheonette / diner. Serving casual but sublimely delicious food. Understated but undeniably cool in every aesthetic, [...]

By |2019-06-15T20:24:34+00:00January 18th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Erstwhile? Velociraptor? Our Name and Logo Explained.

    What is the story behind Erstwhile Mezcal’s logo?  Why is our brand called Erstwhile?  We get asked these questions a lot from folks who are getting to know us for the first time.  I figured it is high time that I write a blog post addressing these excellent questions.   WHAT IS THE [...]

By |2021-06-14T14:50:43+00:00November 25th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Epifania Gómez Mejía & Silverio García Luis: Mezcal Family

Epifania, Silverio and their sons. Photo provided by the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal (CRM).   Mezcal made from Espadín, a cultivated (versus wild) varietal of the agave plant, is by far the most common varietal you are likely to find in your local liquor store, cocktail bars or restaurants. Espadín is the most [...]

By |2021-07-11T06:33:42+00:00August 26th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Hortensia Hernández Martínez & Juan Hernández Méndez: Mezcal Family

  Hortensia Hernández Martínez and Juan Hernández Méndez, circa March 2018, in front of the fermentation vats at their family palenque in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca.   At Erstwhile Mezcal, we work with each and every one of our partner mezcaleros with care and passion, committing our brand and reputation only after countless tastings [...]

By |2021-07-05T20:27:36+00:00May 24th, 2018|News|0 Comments

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