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UH Moment: A First-of-its-Kind Class

“Nobody else in higher ed is doing any sort of education on agave spirits”

UH Students Studying in Mexico


Tequila is one of the fastest-growing categories in the spirits industry. Over the winter mini-session hospitality students taking the “Spirits of Mexico” class got a comprehensive look at the business of agave spirits. The class, offered by Hilton College-San Antonio, is the first of its kind in higher education.said Nathan Jarvis, clinical assistant professor at Hilton College-San Antonio.

The class included a trip to Mexico to visit the farms and distilleries of major tequila and mezcal producers, giving students a first-hand look at how the agave plant is grown and allowing them to see the different production and distillery methods.

“Being able to walk through the production plant and smell the cooked agaves, and walk through the fermentation tanks really helps solidify the learning process and make it real for the students,” Jarvis said.


UH Students in Mexico


The first trip was limited to 15 students, and Jarvis says he already has a waiting list for the next offering.

“They were absolutely blown away,” Jarvis said. “I see it continuing to grow.”