ALIPÚS: San Juan del Rio
San Juan has a number of destilerías along the river. The Alipús destilería belongs to the Cruz family. The distiller is Rodolfo Juan Juarez.
We started out working with Joel Antonio Cruz. Two years ago, he made 30,000 bottles of Alipús. Rather than try to further increase production, the Cruz family decided to focus on the Mexican market and turned over distillation for export to Joel’s younger cousin Rodolfo Juan Juarez.
The Cruz destilería has four copper pots. It’s a co-op: the whole clan makes use of them, and so do several outsiders.
The end of fermentation, in a fairly large vat. The bucket is for moving the material into the still.
Photographs by Katherine Lewis