Australian industry vet Benjamin Carlotto has traveled the world speaking about spirits and flavors for decades now. His transparency and openness to the world around him has drove his career into very interesting directions. Whether for Bacardi, or Royal Dutch Distiller's, his mind has expanded and his knowledge of the industry has evolved profoundly. As the years continue to tally and the drinks keep flowing, where does health fit into the equation? We chat flavor dissection, sugar, and Scottish accents.
Emerging from a strict religious upbringing seasoned with world travel, Jeanine Racht, National Sales Manager for Clear Creek Distillery, was always driven to learn. An inquisitive reader and learner, Jeanine's first opportunity out of college was working for Oregon's Clear Creek distillery. Over 10 years later, she has continued to educate herself about the larger world of spirits and wine while also sharing sips of the finest Eau De Vie's ever produced. What's next for Jeanine and how does Clear Creek maintain such product integrity while expanding? We chat pears, Black Mirror, TOTC, and more.
With a deep appreciation for sports, kinesiology, and health in general, Baltimore's Amie Ward is at the intersection of hospitality and health. After a culture disparity in big medicine, Amie sought new avenues for education and found herself diving into the hospitality industry. Years later, and lessons learned, Amie is quickly becoming an industry expert about health and repetitive injuries in the bar community. She shares some tips and tricks to health success behind the bar. We chat The Wire, La Crosse, and Amari.
Noah Rothbaum is the author of "The Art of American Whiskey" and "The Business of Spirits". As a native New Yorker, the resurgence of cocktails unfolded right in his backyard. A Vassar educated writer having dipped his pen in many industries, Noah serendipitously found his home within the spirits industry. Now years later and the current senior food and drinks writer for the Daily Beast, how has journalism changed? Where is modern whiskey going? We chat bbq, bourbon, Trump, and book signings....
Omaha native Dan Crowell is a man of the universe. Often analyzing and refining his essence in this world, the music and scotch running through his veins are most defining. Dan's drum studies in his youth evolved into a touring gig with moderate success. Between love, hospitality, and the touring life, the crossroads began to appear very clearly. Years later, Dan now travels the states sipping and teaching about the fine Ardbeg and Glenmorangie lines of Scotch. We talk The Police, frequencies, and the decision to not have kids.
The celebrated author, comedian, personality, Whiskey Prof, and patron saint of bottled-in-bond, Bernie Lubbers is a Kentuckian through and through. Embracing a worldiness and openness not necessarily expected in the bourbon community, Bernie travels the world speaking the praises of Heaven Hill and Bottled-In-Bond. Whether a guitar or microphone in hand, he loves people and aims to educate. With charming anecdotes and masterful historical knowledge about whiskey, he is truly the whiskey prof. We talk Frank Sinatra, Parker Beam, Mellow Corn, and more.
Heaven Hill's Lynn House has traversed academia, constructed masterful cocktails, and shows no signs of slowing. An Ohio native, Lynn was a studious child with deep interests in poetry and the sciences. The military strictness of her upbringing allowed for a unique blend of introspection and emotional actualization to percolate. This blend of passions ultimately led Lynn into acting for the stage and screen. But as many creative minds do, Lynn soon found herself in the hospitality industry to pay the bills. This was ultimately the perfect stage for her to demonstrate her deep talents. Now, as the National Brand Educator for Heaven Hill, Lynn still captivates audiences and demonstrates her deep technical understanding of processes- this time with spirits. We talk classic Hollywood, Chicago, science, and more....
Tim Murphy is a prankster, midwesterner, and now a whiskey hero of Austin, TX. Tim mans the landmark Austin bar, The Grackle; a bar filled with functionality and delicious bourbon. Much like the unassuming decor of The Grackle laden with a surprisingly elegant section of whiskey, the bar is a metaphor for Tim. Raised on VHS and an inquisitive mind for film, Tim moved to Arizona on a whim where his hospitality career began to take foot. Utilitarian, no frills, and concerned about quality, Tim is the consummate working bartender/bar owner. We chat David Lynch, Winona Ryder, and Apocalypse Now.
From early days of rejecting popular culture and toxic substances in Dallas, Chad Dolezal has rose to the top of Austin's culinary scene with The Hightower restaurant. Just 3 years after opening to the public and a career as a touring musician, how has the vision for The Hightower changed and is Chad the same man as before? With some of the most accessible and delicious food in Austin, Chad focuses on his customers and what the community wants to see. In effect, The Hightower is unparalleled in its lack of pretension and fluff while maintaining culinary innovation. We chat Hot Water Music, Fugazi, France, and more.