Confirms what we already know, that mezcal has taken Austin TX by storm: https://www.austinchronicle.com/food/2019-03-01/dive-deeper-into-the-world-of-mezcal-in-austin/?fbclid=IwAR0sQieDPmoH6sXbj69LtIR0luBKlEU0pq9zb7ISzhLh-gQuzjLDb7jDvvg
Smoked brisket mezcal? The owners of Las Almas Rotas in Dallas are fine people, and in fact I trained them. However smoked brisket mezcal? Yes it's a novelty item, and cudos to them for that. That mezcal brand has also done a gin mezcal. To my thinking if you want brisket go to a Jewish deli, and if you want juniper berres try a quality gin and hold the agave. I come up with my own recipes, but try to ensure that there is no more than a hint of anything other than agave: https://www.guidelive.com/bars-and-cocktails/2019/02/04/dallas-bar-teams-mezcal-producer-make-spirit-using-smoked-texas-brisket?fbclid=IwAR3DMIUyF-hvK01vBkPi-CExMXqLHTyontAqwkcQk0KVp7ICfazq0hb_agU
Exporting mezcal by developing your own brand; some consideration: https://www.oaxacamezcaltours.com/mezcalarticles/category/exporting-mezcal-importing
Cocktails with Mezcal the New US Craze: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/05/dining/drinks/classic-cocktails-mezcal.html?module=WatchingPortal®ion=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=7&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2018%2F07%2F05%2Fdining%2Fdrinks%2Fclassic-cocktails-mezcal.html&eventName=Watching-article-click
Mezcal in the US makes its mark in Forbes (online) magazine: https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlaalindahao/2018/04/19/best-mezcals-to-try-this-year-2018/#54e84a59463f
Mezcal Crawling in LA (April 12, 2018): http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-fo-dr-mezcal-crawl-ulises-torrentera-20180414-htmlstory.html
Information dealing with statistics of Mexican spirit imports abroad:
Note that some brands listed are not particularly good, or are distilled / distributed by individuals whose motivation for producing and selling is purely profit. It's important to ask someone in the know about the producers' / importers' personalities if motivation is a consideration, prior to purchasing Mezcal in the USA.