Bars mean different things to different people. For some, they are places to find community and discover new ingredients and flavors. They can serve as a gateway for cultural understanding. A group of bar operators in Houston, Texas, use their establishments as vehicles to foster conversation and educate their guests about our neighbors to the south in Mexico. Sean Beck, Bobby Heugel, and Alba Huerta use agave spirits to bridge gaps in divided times. Producer Shanna Farrell explores how their work has ignited interest in Mexican culture alongside craft cocktails.

Further Reading

Mezcal by Emma Janzen

Tequila by Ana Valenzuela Zapata



“La Morena” by Tepalcate

“El Carpintero” by Punteo del Son

“El Cúpido” by La Floresta

“El Pájaro” by Zarambeque