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It was at the age of 18 when Eusebio Rios first got his hands on a maguey plant and his father introduced him to the process of making mezcal, an alcohol similar to tequila in that it comes from the agave plant. Where the two drinks differ is what makes mezcal an increasingly popular artisanal drink throughout the United States. Rios, 68, of Santa Ana de Miahuatlan in the southern state of Oaxaca, dedicates countless hours to make a drink locals consume like water. . "With this job I survive. I'm proud because it's honest work," Rios said. "It's a tradition that others have done before me, and I am carrying it on."

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It was at the age of 18 when Eusebio Rios first got his hands on a maguey plant and his father introduced him to the process of making mezcal, an alcohol similar to tequila in that it comes from the agave plant. Where the two drinks differ is what makes mezcal an increasingly popular artisanal drink throughout the United States. Rios, 68, of Santa Ana de Miahuatlan in the southern state of Oaxaca, dedicates countless hours to make a drink locals consume like water. . "With this job I survive. I'm proud because it's honest work," Rios said. "It's a tradition that others have done before me, and I am carrying it on."