The Cartel Hour
The Cartel Hour
Jul 22, 2020
Cartel Hour by Cask Cartel 23: Metal and Mezcal with Max Reis
Play • 1 hr 36 min

Mezcal is sometimes seen as the little brother to tequila, but the world of mezcal is actually far wider reaching that tequila, especially considering tequila is actually just a subset of the wider family of mezcal. Made from any variety of agave, not just blue weber, Mezcal is known in Oaxaca with the saying “Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, también” which translates to "For everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well."


For this episode we brought on mezcal expert Max Reis. Looking at the long haired tattooed metal rocker you wouldn’t guess a mezcal connoisseur, but the man has worked in the alcohol industry since he was of legal age and has spent enough time getting his hands dirty with the mescaleros south of the border that he has indisputably earned the title. 


We talk about various methods of fermentation including leather sacks, as well as methods of creation that range from artisanal to ancestral.


A quick note, we don’t usually do disclaimers because, well, this is a spirits show where we drink and swear and have a good time, but just so everyone knows there are some topics involving religion and some cocktails that Max has been notorious for that may be a bit sensitive for some people. That’s all I’m going to say. 


Click on any of the following links to purchase the spirits. Here is a full list of what we drank:


El Creyente Mezcal Joven:


Los Amantes Anejo:


Del Maguey Vida:


Bozal Espadin Barril Mexicano Ensamble:


Siembra Valles Ancestral


Mal Bien Jabali


Mezonte Michoacan


Learn More about Max Reis:


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And speaking of those live tastings, for those living in or visiting the Los Angeles area that truly are intrigued, if you’re interested in drinking along with us, we would love to have you to come enjoy an evening at the Infusery to drink through a carefully selected assortment of spirits. We offer custom flights and have a robust library of over 750+ spirits to choose from. And you get to drink with Seth and I, pick our brains, learn a ton, and generally have a blast. Visit for more information.


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Thank you everyone for listening and remember to drink responsibly, and in good company.

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