A curious tour of the pulquerías in Mexico City

Colectivo El Tinacal shares the culture of this traditional beverage
Taditional “pulcata” in the vicinities of the Basílica and Peralvillo – Photo: Hermes Quetzalcóatl
23/08/2017
14:48
Viridiana Ramírez
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The members of Colectivo El Tinacal organize a tour in which they share their knowledge on the culture of pulque (a traditional alcoholic beverage made from fermented agave sap) and they retell the stories of the surviving traditional “pulcatas” (pulquerías, colloquially know as pulcatas, are a type of tavern in Mexico that specialize in serving pulque) in the vicinities of the Basílica and Peralvillo

First stop: La Victoria

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Tortillas and molcajetes overflowing of traditional sauces are part of the mandatory background in every pulquería, and La Victoria is no exception. In La Victoria, the elaboration process of the pulque is narrated among slum music and sips of oatmeal, tomato or clam curado (pulque can be drunk straight from the barrel or can have a series of added flavors; pulque prepared this way is called curado). Clam curado is the specialty of the house.

Second stop: La Tlaxcalteca

The declining of the pulquería culture is narrated in La Tlaxcalteca, on Calzada de los Misterios. While tasting a pineapple or xoconostle (a fruit from the nopal cactus) curado, the guests find out about the rail way attacks during the Mexican Revolution, the campaign against alcoholic beverages in Lázaro Cardenas government, and several other factors that almost made these establishments disappear.

Third stop: La Bonita

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Located in the vicinities of the streets of Nicolás Bravo and Tepito, La Bonita is a pulquería and museum. Covering its walls, there are newspaper cutouts from 100 years ago, cartoon sketches and the altar of La Virgen de Guadalupe, and the floor is covered in sawdust to absorb any spills.

Final stop: Mi Museo Indígena

The tour ends in Peralvillo's Antique Custom Office (La Antigua Aduana de Peralvillo). Most of the pulque from Tlaxcala and Hidalgo arrived here. Now, it is an indigenous art museum.

The tour tickets cost MXN$ 478 per person. The next tour dates start on September 9.

Tickets will be available on The Welcomers: https://www.thewelcomers.com

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