• Agave,  Booze,  Podcast

    Ep 236 – Francisco Quijano: Humanity in the World of Tequila

    Download Francisco Quijano, master distiller for Lunazul, has dedicated much of his life to the world of Tequila. He served as the President of the National Tequila Chamber of Producers where he worked tirelessly to promote and protect authentic Tequila values around the world. He succeeded in designating the Tequila fields of Jalisco a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, making it one of the few cultural landscapes in the world with this distinction. It is this relentless passion that makes Francisco one of the best in the business. His vast experience with production, business, and agave ultimately made him the perfect match to craft the beautiful flavors of Lunazul.…

  • Booze,  Gin,  Podcast,  Vodka

    EP 235 – Carl Nolet Jr: Having Fun is a Family Affair

    Download Carl Nolet Jr is the 11th generation son of one of the biggest spirits dynasties in the world, the Nolet’s. Having crafted quality spirits for centuries, their flagship Ketel One Vodka and Nolet’s Silver Gin have now emerged into yet another delicious category with Ketel One Botanical. A spirit which embraces elements of Gin and Vodka, the 3 expression represent lessons learned in flavor and how a father and 2 sons can keep the family business innovating. With a focus on flavor, health, and moderation, Carl is touring the states sharing delicious sips of Ketel One Botanical. We chat legacy, wine, family paintings, and more.  

  • Agave,  Booze,  Podcast

    EP 234 – Eric Fry: The Soul of Guatemala

    Download     With an accounting degree in his pocket, and a guitar strapped to his back, Ilegal Mezcal’s Eric Fry trekked to Antigua without knowing exactly how it would impact his life. As an aspiring drummer in Athens, Alabama, he completed an accounting degree without exactly knowing why. But as the band fizzled out and wanderlust started to take root, Eric set off into the sunset. This journey led him to the beautiful Guatemala and ultimately to sit in as a quick-stop accountant for Cafe No Se’s Ilegal Mezcal Years later and a move to Texas, Eric shares the beauty of Ilegal Mezcal and has never seen a stranger. We chat drumming, Pink…

  • 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.