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04 April, 2018

Mezcal, For All!

On March 22nd, Heritage Radio Network, an independent, culinary-oriented radio station and proud members of 100 Bogart, revealed a fascinating display about Mexico's uncertified Agave spirits. Presented by Lou Bank, the executive director of S.A.C.R.E.D. (Saving Agave for Culture, Recreation, Education and Development), over 50 individuals, members and non-members alike, came together to support this wonderful cause and of course, try some tasty drinks!

S.A.C.R.E.D. is a USA-based non-profit that helps raise money for Mexico's rural towns where these traditional and artisanal spirits are produced. By utilizing the land's natural resources and local workers, rural Mexico has been able to experience a significant economic improvement and due to their continuous efforts to provide aid to these towns. Because of their efforts, it is now possible to build libraries, buy books, to implement better agricultural practices as well as providing funding for their water preservation system.

In addition to the unique and educational evening, our guests had a lot of fun experimenting and tasting the spirits provided as well. Amongst the popular items were mezcal, raicilla, bacanora, tequila, and even destilado de agave! As we came to learn, Mezcal and other artisanal and traditional agave spirits have been earning a reputation that is quickly eclipsing Tequila even though the traits of the spirits are more aligned with Scotch. Fun fact - The New Yorker describes mezcal as "a liquor for the farm-to-table movement" because of the intense hands-on nature of the fermentation and distillation process!

 Naturally, this tasting was not only a lot of fun for everyone who attended but also a huge success for S.A.C.R.E.D. - as proceeds of the tickets sold were donated to projects in those communities, specifically the development and maintenance of libraries and greenhouses. Here at 100 Bogart we care deeply about social causes and always welcome an opportunity to come together as a community and help in ways we can. We are always looking for new ways to improve ourselves through a provoking conversation and even some tequila shots. Cheers to Mezcal!

Photos by: Kat Johnson

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