This past spring, we hosted the Food Republic Interview Lounge at the W Austin during the Austin Food & Wine Festival, talking to some of the fest’s most intriguing and passionate personalities. Here’s the latest video interview, with Jessica Sanders, co-owner of Austin’s drink.well, and host Richard Martin.

It’s one of the most discerning drinking towns in the country, which would make opening a bar in Austin, Texas a fairly harrowing experience. Not for Michael and Jessica Sanders, the husband-wife team behind the two-and-a-half-year-old drink.well, a cocktail bar and restaurant where pretention gets checked at the door (probably guns too, this being Texas). The Sanders’ altruistic approach to cocktail-making has made drink.well an instant classic, and as you can see in our interview with Jessica, their philosophy on everything from what is a craft cocktail to how to mix a drink is as refreshing as an ice-cold margarita on a hot Austin night.

Check out Jessica’s insights in this video and find out why “It’s a good time to be drinking in Austin,” as she says. Then check in with drink.well’s programming for Bourbon Heritage Month (as in, this month), which includes 50 percent off the price of a different whiskey each day, as well as a 5-course dinner by chef Travis Bennet featuring bourbon pairings next Monday, Sept. 15 (if you’ll be in Austin you can get tickets here). 

Jessica Sanders of drink.well at the Food Republic Interview Lounge at the W Austin from Food Republic on Vimeo.

Presented by our friends at the W Hotel Austin.