¡Hey Hey! Agave / 26 + Felix, Adriana & Fred

May 03, 2021 2 min read

¡Hey Hey! Agave / 26 + Felix, Adriana & Fred

 

26 + Felix Hernandez Monterroza / Adriana Correa / Fred Sanchez

Agua Del Sol

Felix Hernandez Monterroza is the founder of Mezcales Cuish and Mezcaleria Cuish; he and his wife Adriana Correa are the co-founders of Agua del Sol. Fred Sanchez is the founder and managing partner of Bad Hombre Importing

Adriana and Felix were super accommodating in speaking with us exclusively in English, sharing the story of Agua del Sol, and Felix’s family history selling and producing mezcal in Matatlan, Oaxaca. 

We often use the word respect when it comes to the production and consumption of agave spirits. In this episode, Felix and Adriana give context to why the Maestros y Maestras are so respected within their communities and how their understanding of local plants and deep connection with nature make them much more than simply distillers of agave spirits. Our conversation is a window into the various roles Maestros play, making them a cornerstone in their communities and why Felix and Adriana believe it is important to keep these distillates affordable and available for local folks. Fred shares how Bad Hombre has aligned with Agua del Sol in its mission to promote traditional small-batch agave spirits while supporting social justice initiatives on both sides of the border.

This conversation offers us the opportunity to learn about the cultural history of these spirits, which goes far beyond production techniques and practices. We hope you enjoy it!

 

 

El Mago de las Montanas, by Felix Hernandez Monterroza / His poem was the inspiration for these two artworks by Oscar Laynez

 

Maestra Berta Vasque

1. Maestra Berta Vazquez / San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca

 

2. Maestra Berta Vazquez / San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca / March, 2019

 

3. Mtra. Berta standing beside a Tepextate agave (A. marmorata) / San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca / March, 2019

4. Mtra. Berta with freshly harvested Tobasiche agaves, a variety of A. karwinskii / March, 2019

 

5. Mtra. Berta standing in one of her fields of Espadin agaves (A. angustifolia)

 

6. Mtra. Berta by her molino, 2016

7. Mtra. Berta in her palenque, 2019

 

8. A hill of wild Cuishe agaves (A. karwinskii)

 

9. San Guillermo, Miahuatlan, Oaxaca

 

10. Overlooking the vast mountain landscape

 

11. Flowering quiote from a Tepextate (A. marmorata) / San Baltazar, Chichicapam, Oaxaca

12. A hillside of blooming quiotes

 

13. Mexicano agave (A. rhodacantha) / San Guillermo, Miahuatlan, Oaxaca

14. Wild Cuishe agaves (A. karwinskii) / San Guillermo, Miahuatlan, Oaxaca

 

15. Maestro Francisco Garcia Leon in one of his fields where maiz (corn) grows alongside agaves, such as these agave Mexicano's (a. Rhodacantha) 

 

16. Mtro. Francisco Garcia Leon in one of his fields where maiz (corn) grows alongside agaves, such as these agave Mexicano's (A. rhodacantha) - check out the size of those Mexicanos!

 

17. Mtro. Francisco checking the wild Cuishes (A. karwinskii) / October, 2020

18. Mtro. standing beside a Tepextate agave (A. marmorata). Spring, 2017

 

19. Mtro. Francisco walking by wild Cuishes (A. karwinskii) / October, 2020

 

20. Garrafones at Mezcaleria Cuish

 

21. Custom handmade garrafones for Agua del Sol (10 liters and five liters)

 


+ All images courtesy of Agua del Sol and Bad Hombre Importing unless otherwise noted

Sabrina Lessard
Sabrina Lessard



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