Brian Frank

Editorial Photojournalist
Agave, Corazon de Mexico
Location: San Francisco, CA
Nationality: USA
Biography: b. 1979 A San Francisco native, I have worked on social documentary projects across the Americas focusing on cultural identity, social inequality, violence, workers rights and the environment.  My 2-year project, Downstream, Death of the... read on
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Agave, Corazon de Mexico
Copyright brian frank 2021
Date of Work 12/31/69 - 12/31/69
Updated 03/07/18
Mezcal, a traditional spirit passed from indigenous ancestors to the people of Mexico has exploded in popularity in the high-end mixology bars of New York and San Francisco.  But the process of producing this, the oldest spirit in the Americas, is anything but fancy.  Possibly the most labor intensive spirit produced in the world, rare agave for the finer mezcales are found in the wild and hiked on donkey and mule through the mountains so they can be fermented and distilled in the palenques (distillaries) of small towns in Oaxaca.  Not only recipes, but ancient hand tools are passed from father to son to create a unique spirit embodying the flavor and soul of the Mexican people.  

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