Mezcaleros in Mexico
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Mexico mescal

Mezcaleros in Mexico

Manuel Ramos Sanchez, left, and his father, Victor Ramos Lucas, harvest a mature maguey to produce mescal in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca.

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Victor Ramos Lucas plows with bulls as he prepares to plant more agave.

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Victor Ramos Lucas packs maguey that has been roasted, crushed and fermented into a bucket along with fermented maguey juice.

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Mezcaleros at home

 Natalia Sanchez Bustamante prepares breakfast while Victor Ramos Lucas talks about mescal production.

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The sun rises as Victor Ramos Lucas walks through his new baby maguey plantation.

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Bottling mescal

Manuel Ramos Sanchez bottles distilled mescal.

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Manuel Ramos Sanchez replants a small maguey after it has been uprooted by wild animals.

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 Victor Ramos Lucas sits in the shade in front of his home after spending a long afternoon harvesting maguey for mescal production.

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Manuel Ramos Sanchez, left, and Victor Ramos Lucas stand in front of their maguey plants, an essential ingredient in their mescal production.

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Manuel Ramos Sanchez creates bubbles in the distilled mescal as a way to inspect its quality.

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Distilled mescal pours out into a funnel.

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Natalia Sanchez Bustamante prepares lunch.

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