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May's Agave Blanco Experts!

Introducing some heavyweights of the tequila world who've offered expert bottle recommendations for this month!

Lana Gallani

Lana abandoned her graduate studies and moved to NYC in 2011, where she worked as a sommelier on the opening team of Michelin-starred Hakkasan, bartended at the agave-focused Empellon Cocina, and spread her love of mezcal at Pouring Ribbons, Seamstress, and Holiday Cocktail Lounge. An active member of the United States Bartending Guild (USBG) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Spirited Sipping (GLASS), Lana has just moved to Denver, where she's learning to breathe anew and looking forward to finding her next bar home. She still dreams of joining the circus.

Janice Balion

Janice tends bar at San Francisco's Bourbon and Branch and Tupelo, in addition to being the agave instructor for Beverage Academy (her first class starts April 18th!). She also works with the United States Bartenders Guild of San Francisco as their Social Media Chair, by means of which she's able to encourage educational opportunities within the Guild. In her spare time she loves to travel in search of new spirits and techniques as well as sunshine and fun.

Amanda Elder

Amanda studied Art History at the University of Michigan and Graphic Design at Parsons, all while tending bar on the side. But after joining the opening team of celebrated cocktail den Pouring Ribbons as their Creative Director (where she produced all of their house-made syrups and infusions, and designed their uniquely visual menus and promotional materials), she found her two worlds melding in a beautiful way. She can now be found creating art both behind the bar at Mayahuel, Donna, and Leyenda in NYC and on her website: amandaelderdesign.com.

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