Since 2004 Craft Distillers® has worked with Grupo Los Danzantes to develop the US market for artisanal mezcals. Both Craft Distillers and Grupo Los Danzantes are deeply committed to keeping age-old artisanal methods alive by bringing the Alipús mezcals to market, thus providing a livelihood for a way of working, and a way of life, that are danger of disappearing – forever – amid the changes created by the powerful, forced, and rapid transition to the modern world.
Lovingly selected premium artisanal mezcals hand-distilled
in family distilleries in rural pueblos in the state of Oaxaca,
in southwest Mexico.
Alipús pueblos are remote, reached only on dirt roads.
Small artisanal distilleries preserve – uncorrupted – the traditional centuries-old ways of distilling mezcal.
These family distilleries are very old-fashioned operations. Some still lack stone mills, and crush the roasted agaves by hand, using long-handled wooden mallets, in canoas, hollowed out logs; others distill in potstills made from clay. The process is slow and labor-intensive. The process is tied into the agave itself, tied into the pueblo where the mezcal is distilled, tied into local and regional methods handed down for generations.