• Booze,  Podcast,  Whiskey

    EP 230 – Mitch Bechard: Ready, Set, Scotch

    DownloadMusicians make the best ambassadors and for Glenfiddich’s Mitch Bechard, touring around the world sharing art was second nature.┬áBorn in Scotland to Mauritian parents, Mitch was fortunate enough to spend his youth traveling the globe with his family, during which time he developed the kind of wanderlust that would become a central part of his career. Beginning in 1990, he started to take his first steps into the world of food and drink, cutting his teeth in hotel management, as well as running restaurants and cocktail bars in places as far-flung as Portugal, England, Scotland and Australia, as he traveled the globe chasing his passion for the spirits industry. We…

  • Booze,  Gin,  Podcast

    EP 229 – Lacy Hawkins: A German Gin and Looking Within

    DownloadFrom beginning days in Portland, to traveling the United States now for Monkey 47, Pernod Ricard’s Lacy Hawkins embraces the challenges before her. As a skillful beekeeper, the family business, Lacy appreciates the elements of nature in her travels, and especially in the composition of Monkey 47. We chat about western thinking, Austin, SpeedRack, and more.  

  • Booze,  Podcast,  Whiskey

    EP 228 – Brendan McCarron: A Coming of Age Story

    Download   It is a daunting task to master the art of Scotch maturation, but Glenmorangie/Ardbeg’s Brendan McCarron is just the right man for the job. As part of a big Scottish family, Brendan flocked towards the sciences in school and chemistry became a clear winner of his interest. After time in the lab, Brendan worked with Diageo gems Lagavulin, Oban, and Caol Ila to manage production. As a new marriage began to unfold, so did opportunities in the Scotch industry. Now years later, Brendan introduces his first scotch love child Ardbeg An Oa. We chat Kubrick, soccer, Glenmorangie Astar, and succession plans.  

  • Austin,  Booze,  Podcast

    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.