This is a chat about Mezcal, this is a chat about being involved, but moreover, this is a chat about how you can have your voice heard in the debate over NOM-199. Misty is a purveyor of truth, ethics, and passion for agave. We discuss the current legislative threats to the state of the agave spirits that inspire us so deeply. Misty disambiguates this verbose bill and allows us all to make an educated choice on the issue. She embraces the midwest humility while still retaining an amazing academic pedigree. Her story is punctuated by distinct moments of clarity and learning. From a master's program at Harvard to emerging as a global personality in the field of mezcal for Del Maguey, she has experienced agave and the brilliant people that produce the best Mezcal in the world. We make jokes, sip Mezcal, and applaud Evan Meeker's professionalism. The time is now to passively engage a single petition to truly influence a classification of spirits that affect us deeply. Mezcal is pure, passionate, and is one of the finest conduits to the earth we inhabit. Please weigh the consequences and leave your mark here
Book writing, Patron slinging, karaoke singing, and overall inspiration to the industry, Tipsy Texas- aka David Alan stands at the apex of education and empowerment. David is the quintessential Texan and friend of the industry. Whether it has been promoting good cocktail etiquette via his beautiful book or spreading the joy of amazing cocktail flavors via Tipsy Texas, David has helped launched an assail on cocktail culture. He has helped shape the narrative while always making time to sing a few songs in the process. This decorated road has led him to a global position with Patron Spirits and it proves to be the biggest challenge to date. What is good Tequila? How does it get here? Why should we be concerned? David creates agave awareness with the utmost diplomacy and is in a sense the "patron saint" to the industry. We talk love, singing, booze, arrogance, and old-school Austin.
Punk, bass, scrawny, and French, are but a few of the words to describe the lovable Florian Minier. An early academic success transitioning into the arts, Florian is down to earth, hard working, and wise beyond his years. Growing up in Connecticut and making his way into the burgeoning cocktail movement of NY were only the preface to what has and will be an illustrious career in Texas. Currently residing at the world-class Half Step, Florian manages to build a wonderful reputation while being a great soul to be around. We talk Motorhead, Calvados, love, and ownership (not connected).
Happy 40th birthday to a friend of the industry, Mr. Brian Floyd. Floyd is a charmer, a dancer, and an all around renaissance man. With an amazing tale of missed opportunities, broken down cars, and chance meetings that formed the future of his hospitality career, Floyd is an inimitable force in the industry. Between opening up Weather Up in NYC and transitioning his career from behind the bar to creative directing at Sourced Craft Cocktails, this is just the beginning. We chat about film, music, love, grudges, and building a strong relationship with Dad in our adulthoods. Of course we sip bourbon and talk about Paul Newman.
From Baylor to London, Tom Thornton has seen it all and experienced it all. A music fan turned food writer/aficionado, Tom's journalistic endeavors have led him to chat with some of the finest people in the business. From frank conversations with Noel Gallagher to attending small venue David Bowie shows, Tom's enviable journey is laden with music greatness. A fine father, distinguished drinker, and successful realtor, Tom Thornton embraces the multi-faceted modern occupation while still taking some time to enjoy the finer things in life. We chat Rye, modern music, the state of food writing, and how London is a wonderful place to do just about anything. Enjoy this Saz 18 infused chat.
Quintessential food expert Mariam Parker continues to fight the good fight with the Austin Food and Wine Alliance. With programs for children aspiring to be in the food industry, a showcase for the Texas spirits industry, and multiple grants empowering food entrepreneurs, Mariam is at the pulse of Texas' culinary culture. As a UT grad with a rich food history, she found a serendipitous seat as the executive director of the AFWA. She continues to support the industry while enabling great culinary innovation. We chat dating, mezcal, karaoke, and the ubiquitous nature of beards.
Their eyes met from across the bar: one possessed an adept ability to build syrups and bitters to empower the aspiring bartender, the other possessed a meta quality of flavor building and a rich cultural history in food. The resulting brainchild Bittercube was born thereafter. Many states, and employees later, Nick and Ira operate the consulting and bitters producing behemoth Bittercube. The two compose the perfect buddy cop dynamic while embracing their individually unique talents. Ranging from Orange and Jamaican bitters to their delicious Cherry Bark variety, Nick and Ira are sharing their brilliance one dropper at a time. We chat Half Step, community, fate, and family foods while sipping black coffee at 9:30am.
If the tenderness, coolness, and overall cordiality of the midwest can be summarized by JR Mocanu, then the country isn't as bad off as we make it out to be. A first generation Romanian American, JR is an everyman's man. He enjoys beer, action movies, and having a good time. These traits of course set his love of hospitality perfectly in motion. However, the grips of the midwest winters sent him south to Austin, TX to explore a new chapter in his career. JR has recently released one of the most ambitious cocktail menus in recent memory at Vox Table and the Texas cocktail scene thanks him. We chat Madison, beer, Wild Turkey Rye 101, and how moving for love sometimes opens the greatest of doors.
The anime and Final Fantasy doesn't define Amanda Carto, but the insatiable thirst for quality and knowledge just might. Amanda is a Pittsburg native that entered the hospitality industry at a young age and showed her talent for ingredients immediately. Both a Tales from the Cocktail and San Antonio Cocktail Conference student, her ambition and professionalism know no bounds. She is the future of the industry because she's willing to work for every opportunity she can. We chat video games, UCLA, camps, and Geraldines in Austin, TX.