Trimming the spears from an agave piña near Santiago Matatlan

Trimming the spears from an agave piña near Santiago Matatlan

Alipus, founded in 1997, is a deep commitment to keeping age-old artisanal methods alive by providing a livelihood for a way of working, and a way of life, that are danger of disappearing – forever – amid the changes created by the powerful, forced, and rapid transition to the modern world.

The small family distilleries, remote, reached only on dirt roads. preserve – uncorrupted – the centuries-old ways of distilling mezcal. The process is connected to the agave itself, connected to the culture of the pueblo, connected to local and regional methods handed down for generations.

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ALIPUS XX Anniversary Edition -San Juan del Rio: Single-batch from wild agaves, to celebrate 20 years of Alipus, the first exported mezcal with a social motive. San Juan was the first Alipus producer.
750 ml / 48% ABV  
Sale! $108.00
Alipus XX Anniversary Edition Santa Ana del Rio: single-batch using wild agaves, to celebrate 20 years of Alipus, the first exported mezcal with a social motive. Santa Ana's population is 376. You have to wade across the river to get to the destilería.
750 ml / 48% ABV  
Sale! $108.00
out of stock
ALIPUS San Andres Ensamble: Espadín with some 20% semi-wild bicuishe (variant of agave Karwinskii), at its best where Don Valente distills, and he is a master of Karwinskii. Rich, clean, and nicely balanced.  
750 ml / 43.7% ABV  
Sale! $58.50
ALIPUS San Andrés: Fermented in cypress vats & distilled by Don Valente Angel from agave espadín grown at about 5000 feet on thin soiled low hills and terraces, near Miahuatlan. The local practice is to add some madrecuishe, to the roast. Complex, rich, intensely floral.
750 ml / 47.3% ABV  
Sale! $43.20
out of stock
ALIPUS San Baltazar Guélavila: Fermented in very old pine vats & distilled by Don Cosmé Hernandez and his son Cirilo from agave espadín grown at about 5700 feet in hilly, white, & rocky soil. It’s the most popular Alipus in Mexico and we can’t always have it in stock. Soft, delicate, fruity minerality, slightly sweet.  
750 ml / 47.5% ABV  
Sale! $43.20
ALIPUS San Juan del Rio: Fermented in oak vats & distilled by Rodolfo Juan Juarez in the Cruz family distillery along the river, using non-irrigated agave espadín grown in sunny mountain-top plantings in ferriferous soil at 4600 feet. Fruity, rich, smokey, pleasantly sweet.      
750 ml / 47.5% ABV  
Sale! $43.20
ALIPUS San Luis del Rio:
Fermented in pine vats & distilled by Don Baltazar Cruz Gomez from agave espadín grown at about 4000 feet in steep and sandy soils. San Luis gets hot and its agaves yield mezcals with rich flavor. Spicy, round, and soft. 
750 ml / 47.5 % ABV  
Sale! $43.20
ALIPUS San Miguel de Sola: Fermented in oak vats & distilled in small clay potstills by Felipe de Jesus Rios, Leonardo Rojas Garcia, and Felix Garcia Jimenez from espadín and semi-wild arroqueño (agave Americana) grown at about 3200 feet in very steep ferriferous soils. Fruity and intense.
750 ml / 47.5% ABV  
Sale! $64.80
ALIPUS Santa Ana del Rio: Fermented in slender pine vats & distilled by Doña Minerva Hernández from agave espadín. The pueblo is at 4000 feet but the local agaves are grown higher up at about 5200 feet in mountainous sandy calciferous soils. Balanced and very cleanly distilled: our favorite. Soft and lightly fruity.  
750 ml / 47.5 % ABV  
Sale! $43.20