- The Spirit of Mezcal: For Cinco de Mayo, Take an Agave Road Trip to Mexico with Lou Bank For some months now, Bank has been teaming with Salvador “Chava” Periban, head distiller at Sombra distillery, to produce the Agave Road Trip, an informative and entertaining podcast designed to teach gringo bartenders about agave, agave spirits and rural Mexico. For Cinco de Mayo, Bank and Periban have formulated an Agave Road Trip-in-a-Box.
- Having A Moment: Please Drink More Mezcal. Like, Right Now. Right now, you can still find great mezcal. Go find an agave spirit—maybe it’s certified as mezcal, maybe it’s not—that’s made from Lamparillo in Durango, or Bruto in Michoacan, or Ixterro Amarillo in Jalisco… Drink it neat, in tiny, tiny sips, so that your palate has a chance to decipher the crazy complexities. They won’t be here for long.
- Loving Mezcal, But Not To Death: Supporting At-Risk Rural Mexican Communities In many regions of Mexico, “agave spirits are integrated into the fabric of everyday life; they’re part of the religion, literally. The spirits are almost always called ‘mezcal’ locally, even though they’re not certified. The spirits are served at many of a community’s religious fiestas, so when the production of these spirits is at risk, the cultural heritage of the…
- Cultural Overlap: Chef Zach Engel’s Southern/Middle Eastern Cuisine at Lou’s Backyard At Lou's Backyard, Chef Zach Engel is going with the theme of “Middle Eastern-meets-Southern” cuisine, and in doing so he came up with some surprising parallels between the past and present inhabitants of the Levant and the good folks of places like Mississippi and Louisiana.