S4.C3: Carl and the Agave Family

Carl Wrangel is our guests on today’s chapter. He represents Agave love from a bartender and bar owner perspective. We do not know how different the European knowledge of our beloved spirits would be without Carl, but we are pretty sure it would be less educated and less passionate.

In our conversation we tag along Carl’s journey starting as a kid, when he wanted to have a hangover from a tequila, along to his first bar gigs, trips to Mexico, coincidences, genetic memories, his businesses and end at his current life as a father.

We have a guest host, Esteban Morales, who himself advocates the diversity of Mexican craft spirits through his brands La Venenosa and Derrumbes and is a good friend of our show.

Join our Agave family, have some drinks and enjoy a conversation that goes deep.

Carl and Esteban at BCB

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Shoppen

https://shoppencph.dk/

Paloma

https://palomacph.dk/

Carl

https://www.instagram.com/therealpapacarl/

https://www.facebook.com/cwrangel

Esteban

https://www.facebook.com/esteban.moralesgaribi

Elixir of the Gods

S4.C2: Noble Coyote – with Bernardo Sada and Nikša Pirović

You might have already met Bernardo and Nikša in our season premiere, but it took us about two years from being introduced to the first bottle of Noble Coyote at a bar in Munich to get to this conversation that we recorded in July 2021.

This photo was taken after we recorded this podcast.

In fact, the recording was the first time we saw each other. And as always it did not take us long to go deep into a conversation about our favorite spirits, with Bernardo linking his biologist background to starting a Mezcal brand and Nikša’s passion to bring parts of his Mexican experiences to Europe.

In this talk we are learning about curanderos, infusions, brining up agave seedlings, the discovery of a new species, the Oaxacan community system and of course, amongst other things, we had to touch the CRM as well. Thank you both for sharing your thoughts and wisdom so openly and transparently.

We have attached some images from the farm where Bernardo is growing the seedling that are later delivered to the farmers as well as some photos from the first batch of the newly created Ensemble.

Balcony Recording

Pictures from the farm

Photos by courtesy of Bernardo Sada

Ensemble production gallery

Photos by Anna Bruce, courtesy of Pacific & Lime UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

Get in touch

Pacific & Lime – Online Shop

Pacific & Lime – Instagram

Noble Coyote

Noble Coyote – Instagram

S4.C1: BCB 2021 with Gernot Allnoch, Ioannis Sideromenos, Iván Saldaña, Nikša Pirović and Bernardo Sada

Real company, real spirits, real talk

BCB entry point

For our season premiere we mingled with the crowd again, and it was glorious. Starved for face-to-face human contact the European spirits world met up at BCB – in a new location and at a smaller scale than the years before. Nevertheless we were able to capture interesting conversations on our audio device. We met old friends and found new ones. A big thanks to Gernot, Ioannis, Iván, Bernardo and Nikša for their time and insights

Gernot Allnoch, San Cosme

Ioannis Sideromenos, Spectra Distribution

Iván Saldaña – Casa Lumbre

Albert, Bernardo Sada (Noble Coyote), Diego, Nikša Pirović (Pacific and Lime),

Links:

San Cosme

Spectra Distribution

Casa Lumbre

Noble Coyote and Pacific and Lime

S3.C7: Finale, Podcast recommendations

Our last hurrah for this season. The god of weather was in a good mood and so we were able to meet and record outside during a cold but sunny winter day in Berlin.

Here are the spirits we tasted this time:

We will continue to record for Season 4, which will probably take us the better part of the year. In the meantime you can check out great Agave content from these shows in order of first appearance:

If you are looking for places to buy Agave and Sotol spirits in Europe, we have compiled a separate page for you.

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S3.C5: The world of Sotol – with Isaac Montes and Sergio Gonzalez – part 1

In this chapter we are exploring Sotol and the craftsmanship behind it. Though there are many parallels to the Agave universe and Sotol makers suffered from the same injustices as their maguey cousins, it is a different world with unique challenges and opportunities. Isaac and Sergio are behind two separate brands but have the same mission, namely that Sotol is recognized as a high quality artisanal product that stands for itself. They share their know how of the history and give us their outlook on the future.

There is also a fascinating part about rattlesnake venom.

Sergio (left) and Isaac (right)

Isaac in the fields

Harvest
Harvest

Get in touch with Isaac from Casa Montes

Instagram – @sotolcasamontes

Facebook – @sotolcasamontes

Get in touch with Sergio from Flor del Desierto

Instagram – @sotolflordeldesierto

Facebook – @sotolflordeldesierto

Twitter – @sotolflor

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S3.C4: The Novelist – with Ulises Torrentera

Photo kindly provided by Ulises Torrentera

For this chapter, which we recorded back in July, we invited a guest who really doesn’t have to be introduced. We’ll do it anyway 😉

Ulises Torrentera’s love for literature has brought him to Mezcal and his love for Mezcal has inspired his literature. For example, his non-fiction book Mezcalaria, first published in 2001, is a result of his research for a novel.

Ulises does not use his creativity for writing alone. He runs In Situ, a Mezcaleria in Oaxaca and also owns the In Situ and Farolito Brands. And he occasionally uses his hands to craft a batch of our beloved spirit himself.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!

We spoke to Ulises in Spanish with on-the-fly translation to English.

Get in touch with Ulises:

Instagram – @ulisestorrentera

Twitter – @ulisestorrenter

Website – https://www.insitumezcaleria.com/

Facebook – @insitu.mx

Mail – mezcalaria@hotmail.com

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S3.C3: The Librarian – with Silvia Philion from Mezcaloteca

Taking the long road

Silvia at Mezcaloteca

Our guest Silvia escaped from a life in marketing industrial products and took a very different path. As one of the co-founders of Mezcaloteca she has taken on the quest to educate people about the history and culture of Aguardientes de Agave. Learn more about her work on the preservation of traditions and her legendary library in Oaxaca in this spectacular chapter!

(This was our first remote recording, so please excuse the occasional audio problems)

Get in touch with Silvia:

Instagram – @mezcaloteca

Twitter – @mezcaloteca

Website – https://www.mezcaloteca.com/

Facebook – @mezcaloteca

Mail – lamezcaloteca@gmail.com

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S3.C2: The Enthusiast – with Stefan “Teddy” Aerts

Teddy knows almost every Mezcal lover in Europe, and almost every Mezcal lover in Europe knows Teddy. He has a unique way to manage getting his hands at as many different varieties of this wonderful juice.

It doesn’t get much closer to heaven

In this chapter you can follow along on his journey starting at his very first sip – or as he calls it “kiss” – and he tells us about his time in Mexico as well as his efforts promoting our beloved spirit to his friends.

Teddy with host Diego and Esteban and Christian who are friends and guests of our show as well.

Get in touch with Teddy:

Instagram – @stefkebeer

Get in touch with Us:

Elixir of the Gods Instagram – @elixirpodcast

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S3.C1: The wisdoms of mezcal

Yes! Elixir of the Gods is back for a new season! Over the year we have recorded some (in our view) very insightful and enlightening conversations, but for this one we just wanted to have a good time.

Zoomin’, talkin’ and tastin’

In this chapter you will find out more about the upcoming season and we are enjoying a carefully selected flight together – even though we recorded in two different places.
We will release a new episode every two weeks from now on.

In the coming chapters we will have guests, most of them from Mexico, amongst them an enthusiast, a librarian a story teller and two Sotoleros. We keep their names a secret for now 🙂

We are also looking for people who have experience in glass ageing and have expert knowledge about Bacanora.

Spirits tasted:

Derrumbes San Luis Potosi
This beauty is a 2004 Real Minero bottle from Don Lorenzo himself (Ensemble Espadin, Largo, Tripon, Barril)

La Venenosa Puntas. Not the first time and probably not the last time we are having this one on the show.

And last but not least: “the cabinet”:

The cabinet

S2.C10: Finale, Craft Spirits Berlin, Bars: Auroom – with Alex Wimmer

This is a short one. And the last one for a little while. We are recapping Season 2 , which has brought us some outstanding conversations with giants of the Agave world. Thanks again to all our guests and to you for listening and giving us feedback!

For Season 3 we will try to keep up the quality and we are looking forward to it (we hope that some of the ideas we have hatched already will become a reality… )

For those of you who are in Berlin, you can meet Diego at the Craft Spirits Berlin convention March 7 & 8.

But stop! Before turning your device off, please enjoy the interview with Alex from Auroom in Munich. He is a listener of the first hour and you will experience his love for Agave in our interview. Every time Albert visits Auroom, it feels more like a Mezcaleria, as the Agave expressions are taking over. But nonetheless you will also find excellent cocktails there too. Unfortunately we did the interview back in July 2019 before his trip to Oaxaca – so we might have him as a guest in the 3rd season as well so he can share these experiences with us as well.

Albert & Alex on a hot day in July 2019

Please also check out our Map of Bars and feel free to contribute.

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