• Austin,  Booze,  Podcast

    EP 233 – Bryan Masamitsu Parsons: Japanese Spirits with Spirit

    Download   Bryan Masamitsu Parsons lives a triple life. He’s part engineer, part spirits educator/enthusiast, and part creator. His culmination of text books smarts and guttural passion for Japanese spirits pay homage to his rich heritage. From Florida to Austin, TX, Bryan did not expect to become one of the leading educators for Sake, but now 3 years later he’s making the most of it. As the lead sake educator for Kemuri Tatsu-ya, and Ramen Tatsu-ya, it’s possible he’ll have to quit his day job soon enough. We chat Rad Racer, Cracker Barrel, Shochu, and more.

  • Booze,  Podcast

    EP 232 – Veronica A Flores: Moving on Up

    DownloadCalifornia native Veronica A Flores followed the expected path like many of us, but after deep reflection and introspection, went of course; a more focused and enjoyable one. With a love of people and learning, Veronica found her calling in the hospitality industry. She is now regularly accompanied by 80’s movie backdrops and amazing video games behind the bar at Coin Op- Gaslamp. This is the beginning of a beautiful career. We chat divorce, desk jobs, Top Gun, and more.

  • Austin,  Booze,  Podcast,  Whiskey

    EP 231 – Niamh Cluskey: All the Irish Whiskey Fit to Drink

    DownloadA traditional Irish upbringing involves great dairy, lots of rain, and a deep connection to whiskey. For Teeling Whiskey’s Niamh Cluskey, moving to Austin to share these beautiful marks was a dream come true. Studying journalism (and even having some experience with radio/interviewing herself) expanded into a deeper interest in people and places. Irish Whiskey perfectly bridged these 2 worlds of tradition and process. But as Niamh’s time in the US winds down, what are the next steps and aspirations in such a lovely career so far. We chat Jack Teeling, fashion, radio voice, and more.

  • 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…