Pennsylvania Distillery Unveils US-Made Agave Spirit Blanco
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Tequila Worldwide? Pennsylvania Distillery Unveils US-Made Agave Spirit, Joins Similar Upstarts in California, Louisiana, Missouri

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(Photo: Yardley Distillery/Instagram)

Pennsylvania’s Yardley Distillery is the latest US-based spirits producer to capitalize on the trending popularity of tequila — without using the word “tequila.”

In an Instagram post, the distillery unveiled its new small-batch Agave Spirit Blanco, now retailing in stores throughout the community. The distillery also produces rum, vodka, bourbon and an assortment of canned cocktails.

Due to protected designation of origin laws, tequila cannot be called “tequila” nor mezcal “mezcal” unless produced in a handful of specific Mexican states. However, the raw materials and methods used to distill these spirits can be replicated virtually anywhere.

As tequila inches closer to becoming the world’s fastest-growing alcohol, international distillers are beginning to take note.

Over the past few years, American-made agave spirits have taken hold in Colorado, Missouri and Louisiana. The most promising industry has emerged near Napa Valley, where the California Agave Council was recently awarded $100,000 from UC Davis to fund distillers in the area.

Elsewhere, tequila- and mezcal-inspired spirits are being distilled in South Africa, Australia, Germany and more. Negave Estates, a startup distillery based in the Middle East’s Negev Desert, recently unveiled an A-list team of industry executives and tequila experts to oversee its vast expanding blue weber agave fields.

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Pedro Wolfe is the managing editor of Tequila Raiders. With several years of experience writing for the New York Daily News and the Foothills Business Daily under his belt, Pedro aims to combine quality reviews and recipes with incisive articles on the cutting edge of the tequila world. Pedro has traveled to the heartland of the spirits industry in Tequila, Mexico, and has conducted interviews with agave spirits veterans throughout Mexico, South Africa and California. Through this diverse approach, Tequila Raiders aims to celebrate not only tequila but the rich tapestry of agave spirits that spans mezcal, raicilla, bacanora, pulque and so much more.