In part 1 of an extensive chat about life, love, death, and spirits, Shid demonstrates the power of positivity and allowing things to be what they'll be. An army brat constantly challenged with defining his sense of self, Shid has worked through countless hurdles to end up detailing his great American novel of a life in an amazing interview. A pop culture lover, and an 80's child with a love of movies, Shid has lived twice the lives most of us have. Sit back and enjoy this riveting tale about a guy doing what his does and doing it well.
UT grad turned industry personality, Justin Elliott has the jokes and cocktail chops to entertain anyone. This composer, playwright, and self proclaimed "sad bastard" has traveled the world and ended up at the amazing Townsend Bar in Austin, TX. We chat Metaxa, Old Granddad, and about everything in between. It's a whole different story once you own part of a bar, and the tensions mounts every night as Justin's life takes a great turn for the future. Sit back, think of facial hair, and enjoy this episode in your favorite 1920's vest.
Is it Travis or is it Tober? We discuss the crucial difference between the outspoken, friendly hooligan Tober and the pensive, career driven Travis. A Buffalo, NY native, Travis shares a winding tale of behind the bar experiences and how sometimes your love life just has to be secondary. Leading the lovely Vox Table, Travis wears many hats as he also moonlights as one of the brand ambassadors for Aviation Gin. The warm Gin shots are flowing and so is this great conversation.
The agrarian brainiac, Andy is a modern renaissance man pairing good taste with great knowledge of ingredients. Currently bartending at the lauded Olamaie, he shares his home gardening tips and advice on keeping expertise an earned privilege. We share bourbon and biscuit recipes to the tune of life's cruel mistress, moderation.
Hank is a legend in the Austin booze narrative. A man driven by wanderlust and the quest for great whiskey. We chat about life, drugs, IRC, and a sobering realization that he looks like Ernest Hemingway. All of the studying, eating, and drinking led him here to a great opportunity in Austin with Whistle Pig. Glasses raised and banter heightened in this great conversation.
What hasn't Jason Kosmas accomplished? From consultant, business owner, to spirits mogul, Jason has maintained a brilliant sense of nerdiness and humility. He's hopeful for the new Star Wars movie and anticipates the forthcoming 7 year Cana Brava Rum (which looks beautifully delicious). There isn't much left for Jason to achieve, but sometimes the transition from behind the bar to brand owner isn't the performance art it's cracked up to be.
Warning: this conversation will be almost entirely about film and music. Don is a freelance editor, director, film buff, and writer that has emerged successful, despite the odds, in the "modern" film industry. From Hollywood Video to the Sundance film festival, we cover lots of ground and geek out in a great conversation about the tumult of life and the power of not throwing the towel in just yet.
A intimdating force in the bar industry, the formidable Billy Hankey shows that simplicity is best and sometimes life just takes you where it takes you. A true Austinite with a resume that spans eras, Billy is a darling guy who just loves to sip Mezcal now and then. With his King Bee business partner (and soon to be wife) Colette, he's willing to take on any challenge and loves learning in the process. We chat love, music, and plague movies.
Jessica has rose through the ranks in Austin and managed to create the wonderful Drink.Well. in the process. She's an influential force in spirits education and has an inspiring story in her break from corporate America. We discuss the soon to be opened Backbeat on South Lamar and find out how plutonic relationships can't often stay that way. It's a New York state of mind and a bourbon kind of evening in our great chat.
An El Paso escapee, Michael opens up in a wonderful chat about love, never moving forward too quickly, and ramen. Perhaps drifting in and out of love with Austin, he will always keep moving and always keep learning. At the helm of the Midnight Cowboy crew, he's constantly immersed in a culture of innovation, cordiality, and high proof pours. He shares great stories of his family coming together, booze laden genius, and the comfort in having that one love to come home to. Listen and enjoy.
Everything counts in large amounts and Javier Flores shares his wonderful story of navigating through self-purpose, business acumen, and the value of a college education. With family at the core of his experiences in the world, Javier regales us with tales from the border and the Big Ass ice shop.
The lovable Mr. Boley shares stories of rocky relationships, food, fatherhood, and writing great songs on the road. When a defining opportunity challenges his outlook on life and the service industry, he finds his love of music waiting for him right around the corner.
Bryan discusses his rise in the ranks at Sushi Zushi and how that presented a great opportunity with the El Chile Group in Austin. Pisco, plates, and private moments are shared as he prepares to load the Fun Fun Fun Fest taco cannon with the most delicious tacos ever used as a weapon.
Alex, a North Carolina expat, shares his serendipitous journey in Austin one year in. An economics student turned expert mixologist discusses the opening of The Roosevelt Room and how the greatest opportunities are near on the horizon....