The Mezcal Rush (Hardcover)
Explorations in Agave Country
Counterpoint LLC, 9781619028449, 295pp.
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
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"A rich, inclusive portrait of one of the world's great drinks." --Kirkus Reviews
Mezcal. In recent years, the oldest spirit in the Americas has been reinvented as a pricy positional good popular among booze connoisseurs and the mixologists who use it as a cocktail ingredient. Unlike most high-end distillates, most small-batch mezcal is typically produced by and for subsistence farming communities, often under challenging conditions. As Granville Greene spends time with maestros mezcaleros
, who distill their drinks using local agaves and production techniques honed through generations, mezcal becomes a spirit of contradictions--both a liquid language celebrating village identity and craftsmanship, and a luxury export undergoing a gold-rush-style surge. The Mezcal Rush
explores the complications that can arise when an artisanal product makes its way across borders.
About the Author
GRANVILLE GREENE is a graduate of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He has written for Outside, The New York Times, and many other publications. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.