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News & Updates

Ilegal Mezcal - Joven, Reposado, Añejo

1/18/2021 • LAUNCH • Artist Collaboration Not For Them Info + Assets

 

1/1/2021 • LAUNCH • Van Leeuwen Flavor Partnership. Flavor Available at all CA + NY Scoop Shops, as well as Nationwide online Learn More

 

9/2020 • LAUNCH • Custom Ilegal Margarita Kit Launch For Retail + E-Commerce. The kit makes 12 Ilegal Margaritas Learn More

 

8/2020 • Team Asset • New Brand Tool Kit Available

 

3/2020 • NEWS • Bacardi Limited and its family of brands pledge $3 Million in aid and other support to our friends and partners in the bar & restaurant industry during this unprecedented time Read More

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Ilegal Music Series

Ilegal@Harvard

In 2013, when we launched the Ilegal music series in New York, we wanted to create the same community & environment that Café No Sé, the birthplace of Ilegal, had provided to so many musicians. The series has since expanded to several iconic locations across the USA including the surf lodge (Montauk) and Harvard & Stone (LA). as a result Ilegal mezcal and it’s team have become fixtures in the live music scene and been a part of launching several bands careers.

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Love Your Neighbor

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In 2018 we launched Ilegal’s Love Your Neighbor platform. We believe that at the door of your business your values should be exemplified and defended. We are too keenly aware of the issues of climate change, immigration, the refugee crisis, gender discrimination, racism and xenophobia. These issues impact us, our friends, and our relatives.

Since the company began we have supported and contributed to a number of groups working to affect social change for the better and in 2019 we have raised over $60,000 for several groups with your help.

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Organizations We Support

Since the company began in 2006 we have supported and contributed to a number of groups working to affect social change for the better.  Apart from fundraising contributions, we host volunteer trips and mentorship programs. Please reach out to question@ilegalmezcal.com for more information. Thank you for your help in supporting these organizations!

USBG Relief FundPlanned Parenthood
Team BrownsvilleShare Our Strength
El Patojismo Niños de Guatemala
Compton Cowboys Casa Sotaventina Music Program
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project National Center for Transgender Equality
Stand With Standing Rock Birmingham AIDS Outreach
Lead Up Antigua GuatemalaEducational Scholarships in Guatemala
Earthquake Relief Oaxaca
WayOut LGBT
Marsha P Johnson Institute
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Letter from the Founder, John Rexer

We believe that at the door of your business your values should be exemplified and defended.

Ilegal Mezcal — the company — was founded in Guatemala.  Ilegal Mezcal — the liquor — is made in Oaxaca, Mexico by Oaxaqueños. The company is comprised of Mexicans, Guatemalans, Mexican Americans, an El Salvadoran American, a Venezuelan, an Ecuadorian, New Yorkers, Californians, an Alabamian, a Philadelphian … people from an array of ethnicities, cultures, and sexual orientations. We live, work, and play across borders.

We are too keenly aware of the issues of immigration, the refugee crisis, gender discrimination, racism and xenophobia.  Climate Change affects the future of agriculture, food supply, water resources, air quality, economy, health care, migration, and human rights. These issues impact us, our friends, and our relatives. 

Demonizing groups of people will not solve any of this. Nor will building walls, whether brick by brick or sound bite by sound bite. Violence is certainly not the answer.  Finding commonality, exercising compassion, sharing an other’s custom, fighting for human dignity, engaging in civil discourse — these are good first steps.

Since the company began we have supported and contributed to a number of groups working to affect social change for the better. Below is a list of organizations we support.

Through the 2019 profits of our apparel shop and team fundraising efforts, Ilegal raised over $50,000 for numerous charity and community organizations. For 2020, in addition to our fundraising efforts, a percentage of our gross sales up to $100,000 will be donated to charity. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

John Rexer and The Entire Ilegal Mezcal Gang