Follow two passionate Agave spirit enthusiasts into the world of Mezcal, Bacanora, Raicilla, Sotol, Tequila and more. Find out about the culture and tradition surrounding this beautiful drink. Follow the process from the seed to the bottle, uncover myths, hear about controversies and decide on the right Mezcal for you by knowing how to decode the label. And of course we are going to sample what some call "Elixir of the gods"- a lot of it!
A Mexican-German co-production, made in Berlin.
S2.C10: Finale, Craft Spirits Berlin, Bars: Auroom - with Alex Wimmer
This is a short one. And the last one for a little while. We are recapping Season 2 , which has enabled us to have some outstanding conversations with giants of the Agave world. Thanks again to all our guests and to you for listening and giving us feedback!
For Season 3 we will try to keep up the quality and we are looking forward to it (we hope that some of the ideas we have hatched already will become a reality...
For those of you who are in Berlin, you can meet Diego at the Craft Spirits Berlin convention March 7 & 8.
But stop! Before turning your device off, please enjoy the interview with Alex from Auroom in Munich. He is a listener of the first hour and you will experience his love for Agave in our interview. Every time Albert visits Auroom, it feels more like a Mezcaleria, as the Agave expressions are taking over. But nonetheless you will also find excellent cocktails there too. Unfortunately we did the interview back in July 2019 before his trip to Oaxaca - so we might have him as a guest in the 3rd season as well.
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S2.C9: Bartender Work Program - with Cate Czerwinski
In this chapter we are joined by Cate, a tequila nerd and wonderful conversation partner. She gave us some insight into her experiences at the Fortaleza bartender program last year - a trip that let her experience the hard work, craftsmanship and arts of creating Agave spirits first hand. She also shared some amazing spirits from her personal collection with us, one of them a "dusty bottle" of Herradura which gave Diego some serious goosebumps. Enjoy!
If you are listening to this episode on Spotify - you can find the show notes with pictures and links here: https://www.elixirofthegodspodcast.com/?p=344
S2.C8: Sign up for a guided tour of Oaxaca - with Fernando Bolaños
Fernando - co-owner of our Berlin's most favorite Mezcal bar "La Tentación" - has planned a spectacular trip to his birthplace Oaxaca from September 1st to September 10th 2020. When we read about it, we wanted to create some more awareness of this tour to our listeners and asked Fernando if he can walk us through the schedule. So we could learn more about the Mecca of Mezcal and you can decide if you want to join this trip. You can contact Fernando directly ( email@example.com )
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Tuesday, September 1st
15:00 - 17:00 Oaxacan Buffet
18:00 - 21:00 Mezcal tasting at In Situ
21:30 - 22:30 Tacos for dinner!
Wednesday, September 2nd
07:00 - 14:00 (3. Sep)Visit to Paranubes (Oaxacan Rum and prizewinning as the product of the year at the BCB)
Thursday, September 3rd
15:00 - 16:30 Traditional food at the Hotel
09:30 - 22:30 Oaxacan Craft Beer & Mezcal tasting + Dinner + Surprise
Friday, September 4th
08:00 - 09:30 Traditional oaxacan breakfast at the hotel
10:30 - 14:00 Hierve el agua + Mitla
15:00 - 17:30 Palenque Gracias a Dios (Mezcal & oaxacan gin) + Traditional food
19:30 - 22:30 Mexican cantina + dinner
Saturday, September 5th
07:00 - 08:00 Traditional Breakfast at the Hotel
11:00 - 16:00 Visit to a Miahuatlan Palenque + Mezcal tasting + Food
18:00 - 19:59 Mezcal tasting at Neta
20:00 - 22:00 Tacos for dinner
Sunday, September 6th
09:00 - 10:00 Traditional Breakfast at the hotel
11:00 - 15:00 Visit to Teotitlan del Valle + Tlacolula Market + Food at the market
16:00 - 18:00 Santo Domingo Museum
19:00 - 22:00 Slow food dinner + Mezcales at La Biznaga
Monday, September 7th
07:30 - 08:30 Traditional Breakfast at the hotel
11:00 - 15:00 Visit to Real Minero & Proyecto LAM
15:30 - 16:30 Traditional food at Conchita
17:00 - 19:00 Mezcal tasting at Ocotlan with Mr. Santaella
20:00 - 22:00 Mezcal tasting at La Mezcaloteca
22:30 - 23:30 Tlayudas for dinner
Tuesday, September 8th
09:00 - 10:30 Tacos de guisado at La Abuela
11:30 - 16:00 Cooking class + visit to the market by Rodolfo Castellanos (Mexico's Top Chef 2016)
16:01 - 18:01 Cocktail class
18:01 - 23:59 Day off so you can do some tourism at the city center
Wednesday, September 9th
07:00 - 08:00 Traditional Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 - 14:00 Monte Alban
15:00 - 16:00 Nieves(Oaxacan Ice cream) at La soledad Church
16:30 - 17:30 Traditional food at the Pasillo de Humo
18:00 - 19:00 Aguas de Casilda
19:01 - 23:59 Day off (With some recommendations)
Thursday, September 10th
08:30 - 09:30 Traditional Breakfast at the hotel
11:00 - 15:00 Visit to "Los Danzantes" palenque + Mezcal tasting + Food(To be confirmed)
15:01 - 16:01 Last toast of the trip
S2.C7: Bars: "Crazy Pedro's" with Adam Wilson
This bar episode takes us to Manchester. Already in July 2019 and only equipped with a tiny microphone (so please excuse the sound quality) Albert met with Adam to discuss the love for Agave based spirits in Northern England. Crazy Pedro´s mixes Pizza and Agave, so it is not a classical Mezcaleria, however their range of spirits is excellent. No matter if you like your spirits in pure form or in a cocktail, Crazy Pedro's can fix you up in three locations. We have marked all of them in our custom map for you.
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S2.C6: Bars: The Barking Dog with Carl Wrangel
Carl and Albert took a walk through Berlin to talk about our favourite topic! A couple of days before Carl made an experiment in Berlin's La Tentancion Mezcaleria where he served the same drink three times, but each time with a different Agave spirit, showing how little details can make a big impact. Albert wanted to know more about his approach towards mixing spirits that are not predictable and about his history with Tequila and Mezcal.
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S2.C5: The Ambassadors - with Roberto Artusio and Cristian Bugiada
Roberto Artusio and Cristian Bugiada are Italian Mezcal legends. Roberto is the owner of Jerry Thomas Speakeasy and Cristian Bugiada is a partner of Freni e Frizioni. Together they created La Punta Expendio de Agave in Rome, which is a Mezcaleria, only dedicated to Agave spirits and offers more than 600 expressions.
Their passion for Agave did not go unnoticed by Mexico's official regulatory board for Mezcal (CONSECO REGULATOR DE MEZCAL or CRM ) and it officially declared them “Mezcal Ambassadors”, an honor which at the time of our interview only five people outside of America have received.
We took the chance to speak to Roberto and Cristian during BCB. We dug deeper into their passion for everything Maguey, their other projects and the connection they feel - as Italians - to Mexico. Our interview with them also starts our long announced series of European bar recommendations.
We had to do this interview in a noisy environment, please excuse the not so optimal sound quality
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