Tamales, Tequila, and Casa Noble Tequila Rocks! Cocktail Competition

By Ryan Kelley | 05.09.11 A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure to serve on the judging panel for the Tequila Rocks competition at A Taste of Tequila and Tamales by the Bay, an “a-maize-ing” event benefitting the Benchmark Institute (a training and performance development organization dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of … Read more

Hecho Dares to Pair Tequila and Sushi in San Francisco

By Ryan Kelley | 04.28.11 Highly Recommended The pairing of tequila and sushi is a relatively new concept, but not without precedent. It was pioneered by establishments such as Sushi-Teq in Boston, Richard Sandoval’s Zengo chain, the New York and Las Vegas Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grills and Nick-San in Los Cabos and Mexico … Read more

Don Pilar Tequila Blanco

By Ryan Kelley | 04.15.11 Highly Recommended Overview NOM 1443 – Grupo Industrial Tequilero de los Altos de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V. Agave comes from ranches owned by Jose Pilar Contreras (“Don Pilar”) near the town of San Jose de Gracia in the highlands of Jalisco. Cooked in autoclaves for 24 hours; left to cool … Read more

Tequila 29 Two Nine Blanco

By Ryan Kelley | 03.21.11 Highly Recommended Overview NOM 1499 – Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V. in the highlands of Arandas. (This distillery is also home to Mejor Tequila, Jurado Tequila, and 3 Amigos Tequila.) ABV is 38% (76 proof) but will be sold in the U.S. at 40% (80 proof). Agave is … Read more

Tequila 29 Two Nine Reposado

By Ryan Kelley | 03.21.11 Highly Recommended Overview NOM 1499 – Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V. in the highlands of Arandas. (This distillery is also home to Mejor Tequila, Jurado Tequila, and 3 Amigos Tequila.) ABV is 38% (76 proof) but will be sold in the U.S. at 40% (80 proof). Agave is … Read more

It’s The End of the Tequila World As We Know It

Originally written by Chris Zarus for TequilaRack. The Economic Fall of the Medium Sized Producer As the dooms day clock ticks down, all but the biggest distilleries, short on cash and heavy in liquid inventory, will soon be courting anyone with a US dollar. But that market is rather small, and unless the CRT (Consejo … Read more

Tequila With a Modern Twist: The Story of Yeyo Tequila (Part 2)

Continued from Part I By Ryan Kelley | 03.15.11 It’s halfway through my interview with Jon Bullinger, founder and owner of Yeyo Tequila, and the rain in Portland, Oregon, continues to fall relentlessly. Having already discussed how he created the flavor profile and shape of his tequila (in part 1 of this interview), it was … Read more

Tequila as Jon Bullinger Intends: The Story of Yeyo Tequila (Part 1)

By Ryan Kelley | 03.05.11 Not often do you have two influential experts write about a topic, head to head, under the same roof, and have it published, for all to see – no holds barred! Mike Morales, our Executive Editor and Ryan Kelley our Senior Editor, both had the chance to sit and chat, … Read more

Adventures with Cuervo

Mike Morales and Ryan Kelley arrive in Guadalajara and are driven to an unknown hotel. Never miss and article or review again – Subscribe now! * indicates required Email Address * Email Format html text View previous newsletters.

Adventures with Cuervo: Bottling Reserva de la Familia

Senior Editor Ryan Kelley gets hands-on and bottles his own Reserva de la Familia bottle at Jose Cuervo’s La Rojeña distillery. Never miss and article or review again – Subscribe now! * indicates required Email Address * Email Format html text View previous newsletters.