Best Fest Q&A: David Tyda of BARCOA Agaveria

Tiffany AcostaAugust 12, 2022
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BARCOA Agaveria invites its patrons to discover the amazing world of heritage agave spirits. Housed in a historic building that was once a hardware store, the bar shares a space with XICO, a Latinx & Indigenous art studio. We caught up with BARCOA founder David Tyda to talk about agave-based spirits and local businesses. Learn more at Best Fest on Saturday, August 13.

What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest?
We’re partnering with local company Compa Spirits and pouring their Gran Ponche on ice. So good, there’s no need for a mixer. We’ll also have tasters of their Naran Mezcal as well as a few other surprises.

What are you most looking forward to about the event?
Showing people that in fact mezcal is not just tequila’s smoky cousin.

Shout out another Valley business that you admire and why.
Compa Spirits! They self-distribute Mezcal Carreño and have secured placements behind over 300 local bars and restaurants. Now they distribute other brands, even Mexican wines!

Why do you think events like Best Fest are important for the local community?
Because in-person, live events are the best way for local businesses to connect with potential new customers, and for events like this to show locals new businesses they didn’t know about.

What is your favorite thing about living and working in Phoenix and why?
We are one of the most creative communities! Downtown Phoenix prides itself on inclusivity, and we’re proud to be a part of it.

What advice would you give to upcoming chefs/business owners?
Don’t copy. Do something different. Enjoy the process.