Pedro Reyes wipes sweat from his brow after a day of harvesting agave near  Mihuatlan, Oaxaca.

Pedro Reyes wipes sweat from his brow after a day of harvesting agave near Mihuatlan, Oaxaca.

 Read more on  National Geographic  and on  Roads and Kingdoms.   Also Published in Slate and on Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown.

Read more on National Geographic and on Roads and Kingdoms.  Also Published in Slate and on Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown.

 Dia de los Muertos party,  San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato .

Dia de los Muertos party, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato.

 Fortunato Angeles and his brother-in-law, Raul Marin, eat pozole and fresh tortillas after a day at the palenque in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Fortunato Angeles and his brother-in-law, Raul Marin, eat pozole and fresh tortillas after a day at the palenque in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

 Augustin Guendulian harvests agaves in his field near  Mihuatlan, Oaxaca.

Augustin Guendulian harvests agaves in his field near Mihuatlan, Oaxaca.

 Day laborers walk to work in  San Miguel Allende, Oaxaca.

Day laborers walk to work in San Miguel Allende, Oaxaca.

 Sipping mezcal at a private party in  Mexico City.

Sipping mezcal at a private party in Mexico City.

 Teresa Raymundo cooks stew at her home in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Teresa Raymundo cooks stew at her home in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

 Augustin Guendulain and Pedro Reyes rest near a shrine while harvesting agave near  Amatlan, Oaxaca .

Augustin Guendulain and Pedro Reyes rest near a shrine while harvesting agave near Amatlan, Oaxaca.

 Party-goers drink Mezcal Amores at an exclusive pop-up gallery event in  Mexico City .

Party-goers drink Mezcal Amores at an exclusive pop-up gallery event in Mexico City.

 Fortunate Angeles wipes his brow after breaking up roasted agave to prepare it for milling at his palenque in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Fortunate Angeles wipes his brow after breaking up roasted agave to prepare it for milling at his palenque in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

 Arnulfo de los Angeles and Rodolfo Hernandez sit at the palenque that they share with Fortunate Angeles in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Arnulfo de los Angeles and Rodolfo Hernandez sit at the palenque that they share with Fortunate Angeles in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

 Teresa Raymundo carries flowers to a funeral in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Teresa Raymundo carries flowers to a funeral in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

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 Adalbert Bravo tours construction of a new palenque he's building where maestro mezcalero Fernando Lecama will produce for Huichichique mezcal.   Atlixo, Puebla.

Adalbert Bravo tours construction of a new palenque he's building where maestro mezcalero Fernando Lecama will produce for Huichichique mezcal.  Atlixo, Puebla.

 A team from Mezcal Amores tours the construction of a new facility for research and production of their Verde line in  Tlacolula, Oaxaca.

A team from Mezcal Amores tours the construction of a new facility for research and production of their Verde line in Tlacolula, Oaxaca.

 Tourists from Guadalajara sample mezcals at Mezcalilira in  Oaxaca City, Oaxaca.

Tourists from Guadalajara sample mezcals at Mezcalilira in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca.

 Fortunato Angeles rests at his palenque in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Fortunato Angeles rests at his palenque in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

 The church in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca was built in the early 1800's.  

The church in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca was built in the early 1800's.  

 Empty shot glasses, beer, flowers and a couple at a private party in  Mexico City.

Empty shot glasses, beer, flowers and a couple at a private party in Mexico City.

 A wild agave grows near  Atlixo, Puebla.

A wild agave grows near Atlixo, Puebla.

 Augustin Guendulain's windshield is cracked from an accident while driving after drinking too much mezcal.  It is an imprint of his friend's head.  

Augustin Guendulain's windshield is cracked from an accident while driving after drinking too much mezcal.  It is an imprint of his friend's head.  

 Pedro Reyes wipes sweat from his brow after a day of harvesting agave near  Mihuatlan, Oaxaca.
 Read more on  National Geographic  and on  Roads and Kingdoms.   Also Published in Slate and on Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown.
 Dia de los Muertos party,  San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato .
 Fortunato Angeles and his brother-in-law, Raul Marin, eat pozole and fresh tortillas after a day at the palenque in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.
 Augustin Guendulian harvests agaves in his field near  Mihuatlan, Oaxaca.
 Day laborers walk to work in  San Miguel Allende, Oaxaca.
 Sipping mezcal at a private party in  Mexico City.
 Teresa Raymundo cooks stew at her home in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.
 Augustin Guendulain and Pedro Reyes rest near a shrine while harvesting agave near  Amatlan, Oaxaca .
 Party-goers drink Mezcal Amores at an exclusive pop-up gallery event in  Mexico City .
 Fortunate Angeles wipes his brow after breaking up roasted agave to prepare it for milling at his palenque in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.
 Arnulfo de los Angeles and Rodolfo Hernandez sit at the palenque that they share with Fortunate Angeles in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.
 Teresa Raymundo carries flowers to a funeral in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.
MY6A7244.jpg
 Adalbert Bravo tours construction of a new palenque he's building where maestro mezcalero Fernando Lecama will produce for Huichichique mezcal.   Atlixo, Puebla.
 A team from Mezcal Amores tours the construction of a new facility for research and production of their Verde line in  Tlacolula, Oaxaca.
 Tourists from Guadalajara sample mezcals at Mezcalilira in  Oaxaca City, Oaxaca.
 Fortunato Angeles rests at his palenque in  San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.
 The church in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca was built in the early 1800's.  
 Empty shot glasses, beer, flowers and a couple at a private party in  Mexico City.
 A wild agave grows near  Atlixo, Puebla.
 Augustin Guendulain's windshield is cracked from an accident while driving after drinking too much mezcal.  It is an imprint of his friend's head.  

Pedro Reyes wipes sweat from his brow after a day of harvesting agave near Mihuatlan, Oaxaca.

Read more on National Geographic and on Roads and Kingdoms.  Also Published in Slate and on Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown.

Dia de los Muertos party, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato.

Fortunato Angeles and his brother-in-law, Raul Marin, eat pozole and fresh tortillas after a day at the palenque in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Augustin Guendulian harvests agaves in his field near Mihuatlan, Oaxaca.

Day laborers walk to work in San Miguel Allende, Oaxaca.

Sipping mezcal at a private party in Mexico City.

Teresa Raymundo cooks stew at her home in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Augustin Guendulain and Pedro Reyes rest near a shrine while harvesting agave near Amatlan, Oaxaca.

Party-goers drink Mezcal Amores at an exclusive pop-up gallery event in Mexico City.

Fortunate Angeles wipes his brow after breaking up roasted agave to prepare it for milling at his palenque in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Arnulfo de los Angeles and Rodolfo Hernandez sit at the palenque that they share with Fortunate Angeles in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Teresa Raymundo carries flowers to a funeral in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

Adalbert Bravo tours construction of a new palenque he's building where maestro mezcalero Fernando Lecama will produce for Huichichique mezcal.  Atlixo, Puebla.

A team from Mezcal Amores tours the construction of a new facility for research and production of their Verde line in Tlacolula, Oaxaca.

Tourists from Guadalajara sample mezcals at Mezcalilira in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca.

Fortunato Angeles rests at his palenque in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.

The church in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca was built in the early 1800's.  

Empty shot glasses, beer, flowers and a couple at a private party in Mexico City.

A wild agave grows near Atlixo, Puebla.

Augustin Guendulain's windshield is cracked from an accident while driving after drinking too much mezcal.  It is an imprint of his friend's head.  

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