Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera
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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Ulises Torrentera at the restaurant Madre in Torrance.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

The mezcal selection at Guelaguetza in Los Angeles.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Ulises Torrentera holds up a glass of mezcal at Guelaguetza in Los Angeles.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Restaurateur Ivan Vasquez examines a bottle of mezcal at the restaurant Petty Cash Taqueria in Los Angeles.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Mezcal is poured at the restaurant Petty Cash Taqueria in Los Angeles.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

An ensemble of tobala and tepeztate at the restaurant Petty Cash Taqueria.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Some brands will break down the percentage of each agave used on the bottle, and include the name of the master distiller. In this bottle it is Javier Mateo.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Ivan Vasquez and Ulises Torrentera take a drink of mezcal at Vasquez’s restaurant Madre in Torrance.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

A bottle of Ulises Torrentera’s mezcal sits on the bar at Madre in Torrance.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Manuel Diaz of Long Beach mixes drinks and mans the bar at the restaurant El Nopal in Los Angeles.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Ulises Torrentera poses for a portrait at the restaurant Madre in Torrance.

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Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

A bottle of mezcal at the restaurant Madre in Torrance.

 (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

A bottle of mezcal sits on the bar at the restaurant El Nopal in Los Angeles.

 (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Mezcal crawl with Ulises Torrentera

Restaurateur Ivan Vasquez and Ulises Torrentera at Vasquez’s restaurant Madre in Torrance.

 (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
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