• Amaro,  Austin,  Booze,  Education,  Food,  Podcast,  Thoughts

    Ep 250 – Nicola Olianas: Making the Bitter so Sweet

    Nicola Olianas eats and breathes hospitality. As an Italian native, his surroundings were always rooted in food and community. The lifestyle of learning, fostering communication, and appreciating nature were at the foundation of his journey. But as it can sometimes feel limiting, his insular Italian neighborhood couldn’t satisfy Nicola’s cultural and travel inspired appetite. After studying abroad and rooting his passion for hospitality with some academic feats, the greatest handshake yet occurred: forging his relationship with the Fratelli Branca family. We all know and love Fernet, but let’s dig a little deeper. We chat fatherhood, health, hosting, and more.

  • Booze,  Whiskey

    Ep 249 – Al Young: Been Around the Bourbon Block

      The legendary Al Young has shared the beauty of Four Roses Bourbon for over 50 years. He’s traveled the world, seen consumer tastes change, and now still stands at the forefront of Bourbon discussion as it returns to favor. Starting as a man of the stage, Al fully intended on studying drama, but love and commitment drove him to find a 9-5 day job. Starting with Seagrams in 1964, the impressive journey took foot. We chat actors, dedication, a fulfilling marriage, and good Bourbon tales.

  • Austin,  Booze,  Whiskey

    Ep 248 – Dev Johnson: Stay patient, Stay Humble

    Employee’s Only’s Dev Johnson is a LA native who’s drift away from acting led to a massive dedication to hospitality. As many actor’s find work far and few between, they seek out hospitality jobs to cover their expenses. Sometimes this empowers the career, and sometimes it creates a career change. Dev Johnson found that bartending became the perfect intersection of people skills and learning. Now years later, and one of the longest serving bartenders at Employee’s Only, what does patience, dedication, and humility do for your career? Bonus: we chat Monkey Shoulder with Vance Henderson.

  • Agave,  Booze

    Ep 247 – Esteban Morales Garibi: A Bridge Between the Past and the Present

      Esteban Morales Garibi revitalized craft cocktails, coffee, and culinary innovation in Guadalajara. His commitment to transparency, new projects, and sharing beautiful spirits with the world is a page out of an adventure novel. His introduction of La Venenosa introduced the world to Raicilla, a seemingly lost spirit that highlights the flavors of Jalisco. Likewise, his latest project Mezcales Derrumbes features beautiful mezcal from the states of Oaxaca, Michoacan, Zacatecas, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, and Durango. And the projects don’t stop there…. We talk food, Sotol, Mexico, ambition, and more…..