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Since the company began we have supported and contributed to a number of groups working to affect social change for the better. On March 18, 2020, Ilegal made a donation of $50,000 to the USBG Relief Fund. We are in this together and we look forward to bellying up to the bar with you all again soon. To support those who are most vulnerable, the profits from the sale of our apparel shop will be split between the organizations below.
It began back in 2004ish, very imformally and almost by mistake. I was bringing mezcal down from Oaxaca for my bar, Café No Sé, in Antigua Guatemala, and the mezcal became popular very quickly. At the time, we were bringing down unbranded mezcal from a variety of villages in Oaxaca that included: Tlacolula, San Lorenzo, Sola De Vega, Santa Catarina Minas, Hierve el Agua, Santiago Matatlan, and a few others.
Well, let’s just say we were a bit creative in how we brought mezcal across the border. You see back in 2004, there were very few mezcals that were certified for export, almost none. Bringing a few bottles across the border was not such a big deal, but try getting 50, 100, or 500 bottles across and things get a bit interesting. Especially at the borders we were crossing; where back then, the cops, the military, the gangs and just plain old thieves had to be eluded or navigated or co-opted, if you get my drift.