This new "palenque" or Mezcal Distillery -- harvests Solar Power and Rainwater and Up-cycles Waste into Adobe Bricks to Safeguard the Land, the Local Economy and the People … You have to come see it for yourself!
Oaxaca, Mexico is to Mezcal as Bourbon is to Kentucky, and Champagne is to Champagne, France. If you want to taste Mezcal at the source, Oaxaca is the place to go. Now, a new brand of sustainableMezcal is being produced in Oaxaca. Production will be at full capacity by early summer 2018, and Sombra Mezcal will welcome spirits enthusiasts to tour the eco-friendly, state-of-the-art distillery, later this year!
Founded by Master Sommelier Richard Betts, Sombra Mezcal harnesses solar power and rainwater and up-cycles distilling waste into adobe bricks. In designing the palenque, Betts analyzed and evaluated every aspect of the traditional production process to preserve elements that are important to the identity and flavor of the spirit. He also changed those that are harmful to the environment and to the people and animals involved.
“We are committed to producing great Mezcal while safeguarding the land, the people and the economy of Oaxaca,” says Betts. “Our new palenque demonstrates that we can innovate and also respectfully improve upon tradition. We invite our fellow distillers and the public to join the conversation about eco-conscientious practices.”
Betts is a winemaker on three continents and a New York Times best-selling author. He began producing Sombra Mezcal in 2006, because after traveling to Oaxaca numerous time, he became captivated by its unique artisanal spirit with centuries of tradition.
Oaxaca, a Destination for Spirits and Gastronomy
Sombra Mezcal’s palenque is located on the famed “Ruta del Mezcal” (The Mezcal Route) that links together numerous craft distilleries to facilitate spirits tourism. In addition to being a Mezcal mecca, Oaxaca has also emerged as a global gastronomy destination renowned for its artisanal chocolate, cheese, chapulines (grasshoppers) and nine notable mole sauce varieties.
For more information, visit www.SombraMezcal.com, or like them on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/SombraMezcalUS/ and follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @sombramezcal.