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The Master CraftsmEn

A labor of love.

Maestro Mezcalero Margarito GarcíaEsfuerzo Mezcal Artesanal is the life's work of 76-year-old maestro mezcalero Margarito García. His mezcal, which has only been available in his home town of San Dionisio Ocotepec and reserved for community fiestas and family gatherings, is finally ready to be shared with the world. Margarito’s youngest son, Artemio (Temo), spent most of his youth at the palenque (family distillery) learning the intricacies of mezcal making from his father, the maestro mezcalero.

As Temo entered adulthood, he, like many others before him, chose to leave home in order to make a name for himself, apart from his father. He spent many years working outside of the palenque pursuing other ambitions. However, once he had begun a family of his own he came to the inevitable realization that “Mezcal es en mi sangre”—"Mezcal is in my blood”—the call to return home and carry on the traditions of his family proved irresistible.
76 year old Margarito García and his youngest son, Artemio García Cruz in front of their palenque in San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca.
Temo now works at the palenque full-time and is poised to carry on this sacred tradition, as his father advances in age. Now, for the first time ever, they are offering their family’s life’s work to those beyond the borders of their hometown.

This collaboration between father and son is the culmination of generations of tradition refined slowly over time, and a deep reverence for the art of mezcal making. It truly is a family effort, a labor of love.
We honor their work by sharing this spirit with you. May it open you up to new worlds and allow you to feel at home with yourself.
ESFUERZO Mezcal Artesanal
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