We all love Mezcal but the question is what is happening with this incredible spirit that has more in common with an apothecary and his magic than a wall street man crunching numbers.
But the times they are a changing with Pernod Ricard’s acquisition of Del Maguey. It could be good, it could be bad. Good things will come, hopefully to the people who are producing these delicious spirits. Bad because they could push the production of rare agave into extinction for their greed, because, Pernod Ricard is after all a large corporation looking to make money and is more concerned with profit margins than quality and little villages.
Here is a great article from www.forbes.com about the acquisition. But maybe the fact that this article is in Forbes proves that our beloved mystical spirit is on its to tequila like imperialism. Good to keep eyes open and alert to keep quality high and sustainability possible.
Ardbeg, the legendary peat forward scotch off the western coast of Scotland had a humble re-beginning. The distillery was revitalized after a becoming a ghost town for 20 years pillaged by neighborhood distilleries on the island.
In 1997 the first drips of goodness oozed out of the stills at Arbeg for the first time in over 20 years. Its great to see this revitalization of all these heritage distilleries in Scotland. Read the rest of the story at http://www.scotchwhiskey.com. See the link below!
According to a few new articles Spain has been taken over with craft beer. The traditional land of wine has had an advent of craft beer goodness. Mainly surrounding the area of Barcelona, known as Catalunya, the craft beer business is exploding. Here are a few articles on what is going in Spain.