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EP 227 - Matthew Korzelius: Taking Life By the Horns

Download New York native Matthew Korzelius has lived many lives prior to arriving behind the bar at The Roosevelt Room. The singing, sherry-loving, creative type has seen tragedy and rebuilding in ways that many have never experienced. Leaving the past behind and setting his sights on new creative outlets, Texas has punctuated a new chapter for Matthew as he finally enters the cocktail competition world and pursues new musical projects. We chat Springbank, Mutoid Man, love, and more.


Ep 226 - Mark Rashap & Mike G: Another Interview Down

Download Thanks to the generosity and quality of KOOP 91.7 radio Mark Rashap has been capturing the best personalities in the wine industry with his radio show Another Bottle Down and quickly become an institution of wine media in Texas. We recently sat down and chatted about our experience with podcasting , communication, and spirits. The resulting radio show is a great product of KOOP 91.7 and another interview down for both Mark and I. We chat calvados, therapy, and modern communication.


Ep 225 - Ezra Star: Always Finding the Intrigue

With a rich academic career, lust for learning, and a mastery of humility, Ezra Star embodies knowledge. A rich relationship with science and the arts drove Ezra to academic aspirations. But as many students learn, some of the finest career advancement occurs away from school and behind the bar. A series of serendipitous events later, Ezra is now one of the most insightful, thoughtful, and respected bar managers in the hospitality industry at Drink. We chat Miles Davis, French, simplicity,...


Ep 224 - Emma Janzen: Tradition Inspiring Modern Journalism

Emma Janzen has built her writing career on a passion for film, design, and flavors. Starting at the bottom of the newspaper totem pole at The Austin Statesman, an interesting opportunity to write about food emerged. This seemingly one off opportunity was the first entry into the bigger world of food and spirits. While residing as a digital editor for Imbibe Magazine, Emma Janzen pursued one of her long time passions, Mezcal. The resulting novel Mezcal: The History, Craft & Cocktails of...


Ep 223 - Jack Teeling: Bringing The Innovation of Ireland to the World

Jack Teeling is one of the brightest and most ambitious entrepreneurs in Ireland. His family's dedication to Ireland and whiskey created the bold Teeling Whiskey distillery. A lifetime infused with financial calculations and exceptional business acumen built the perfect pedigree for Jack to achieve his biggest feat yet: constructing the first distillery in Dublin in over 125 years. Where does this legacy of whiskey continue and thrive? Does innovation have its place in a category known for...


Ep 222 - Tim Herlihy: Keeping Eggs in Many Baskets

The pride of Ireland, Mr Tim Herlihy, travels the US sharing drams of and education into Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. This dream job takes him far from his roots in the Egg industry of Ireland but introduced Tim to his first big city environment, NYC. Many pub crawls and Irish coffees later, he loves shaking hands and kissing babies all the while sharing the beautiful tastes of Irish Whiskey. We chat WWF, black pudding, parades, and more.


Ep 221 - Joseph Castillo: Building Your Career One Bottle at a Time

Joseph Castillo is one of the hardest working men in booze business. From early days on the coast of Texas to serving some of the first craft cocktails in Austin, Joseph takes every new challenge in stride. From Angel's Envy to Fireball, he manages to introduce the world to the next big thing. Now as one of front men of Kimo Sabe Mezcal, which is the official Mezcal of SXSW 2018, will Joseph help catapult the Mezcalcategory into the stratosphere of being a household name. We chat...


Ep 220 - Richard Paterson: 50 Years of Tasting and Smelling

The Dalmore's Richard Paterson is one of the most revered men of the Scotch world. 51+ years working in all aspects of distillery production have given him one of the most decorated resumes in the world of Scotch. Richard has excelled in education, learning, and bringing a vibrant narrative to scotch tasting. His presentations are unforgettable, and his approach to engaging his audiences is equally brilliant showmanship. The "nose" is an artist, author, auteur, and consummate entertainer....


Ep 219 - Elyse Blechman: Returning the Favor

Elyse Blechman of The Macallan has influenced the hospitality industry in a profound way. From Speed Rack mastery to leading many discussions in the male-dominated field of Scotch Whiskey, Elyse has cherished every word of imparted wisdom from her mother to become the most exceptional woman she could be. From Houston to San Antonio, Elyse has cut her teeth from behind the bar in some of the greatest modern cocktail establishments. This love of hospitality and learning ultimately...


Ep 218 - Brian McCullough: Knocked Down But Never Out

Brian McCullough is a southern man with southern sensibilities. His love of family and hospitality have injected an infectious vigor into the Dallas cocktail scene. Shaking hands, and smiling widely, Brian has seen Dallas transform into the hospitality haven that we see today. With numerous projects opening, and closing, where is Brian headed next? We talk about Maison Ferrand, fatherhood, failures, love, and of course MONSTER MAGNET.


Ep 217 - Ashela Richardson: Rum is Connected to Everything

Download Flor de Caña's ambassador, Ashela Richardson is a well traveled, rum imbibed, ecological woman who understands that everything is connected somehow. From early days making visits to restaurants where her mother worked, Ashela acquired a familiarity with hospitality. Her travels led her to vacation in some of the most beautiful places in Central America and unbeknownst to her, a serendipitous relationship began to develop with Flor de Caña. We chat about The Aviary, food deserts,...


Ep 216 - Javi Gutierrez: From the Kitchen to the Shaker

Download San Antonio cocktail veteran Javi Gutierrez has seen all shapes and sizes in the hospitality industry. From a heavily engrained sense of community, sharing, and cooking in his mother's kitchen to slinging delicious cocktails from the leading establishments in San Antonio, Javi has seen it all. But when a dream starts to shudder and one's career needs a new turn, where do you go? We chat The Walking Dead, JP, Brooklynite, and more.


Ep 215 - Ryan Herzog: On the Road Again

Download The traveling Californian, Ryan Herzog, is on an ever-learning journey through life and his career. A deep interest in numbers and food sources translated into a peripheral booze journey in the Tonic market. Through the every day duties, Ryan learned about the human condition and ultimately took this passion to behind the bar. Peddling cocktails, certain Tennessee whiskey, and an kinetic charm, Ryan stopped by in Austin on a road trip with his sister. We talk family, metal,...


Ep 214 - Chris Morris: Competition and Composition in Houston

Hospitality veteran Chris Morris is a refined amalgam of music, academic insight, bitterness, and generosity. The Houston native emerged from small town Santa Fe , Tx with a developed mind for music and an eye destined for flavor. Years later, the trusted palette of Mr Morris has created Bittersmith Bitters and a lauded Regalo cocktail for Bacardi Legacy. We chat metal, devil-locks, language, and whiskey. The Regalo Cocktail 1.5 oz Bacardi Carta Blanca 1.0 oz Mango Nectar 0.5 oz Simple...


Ep 213 - Mike Capoferri: The Bitter Truth

Campari America's lovable Mike Capoferri travels the states sharing the finest sips of Italian Amari's


Ep 212 - Danny Ronen & Russell Davis: Returning to Academia

Unlimited Liabilities is an apt name for the 2 hospitality legends Danny Ronen and Russell Davis. We sit down to talk about their new Austin establishment Academia: a cocktail bar for intellectuals and everyone in between. The chat spans the 80's, UT parties, archeology and everything in between.


Ep 211 - Kimberly Patton-Bragg: The Great Red Hope

Kimberly Patton-Bragg, or KPB to most, is a creative and lively force in the cocktail scene. From days in New York acting, to a pursuit for the silver screen, her life has been anything but boring. KPB is an aspiring writer and Tiki fanatic who shares delicious drams in New Orleans. What does this incredible journey and life look like on the page however? We chat Duran Duran, Ted Bundy, Rum, and more...


Ep 210 - Ms Franky Marshall: From Paris, With Love

New York hospitality veteran Ms Franky Marshall is a culmination of art, language, and culture. An aspirational musician and teacher, Franky became acclimated to traveling at a very early age. This curiosity about the world and languages has driven her to all corners of the globe. As an influential female force in the New York cocktails scene, her career now takes a turn into the wonderful field of French Aperitif wines. The beautiful category known as Pineau des Charentes is filled with a...


Ep 209 - 10 songs & 10 Whiskies with Jonathan Wingo

The Balvenie's Jonathan Wingo sits down with me to co-host a 10 song playlist with paired whiskies. We intro the tracks and talk about why whisky is the best thing to pair with music. Some great bottles, and even greater songs in the mix. Sit back, tune in, and enjoy this great playlist. Get the Spotify playlist here! With 2 extra tracks.


Ep 208 - Carlos Sada: The Black Marked Mezcal

Born and raised in Mexico, Carlos Sada took a deep interest in learning everything possible to build a long-lasting lucrative career. After obtaining his masters degree in Australia, he sought out opportunities to apply his entrepreneurial spirit. As a brief stint in the hospitality intersected with agave spirits, Carlos was introduced to mezcal. Years later, his interest of mezcal and business have combined to market the fine mezcal of Marca Negra. We chat War on Drugs, Germany, San...


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