Sports and Spirits

A weekly podcast that takes you into the biggest sports events of the week and what you should be drinking with them. Product reviews and ratings. Matt East and Hank Allen have a combined 30 years experience in broadcast television. We're using that experience to bring you the latest news and topics in the world of sports and to highlight some of the great spirits in the United States and abroad. It's a little sports, spirits, and travel all in one place! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to listen.
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Jun 14, 2018

Big weekend ahead! Matt and Hank are back to break down a huge weekend of sports just in time for Father's Day. 

We'll start by giving our thoughts on a couple whiskies that we have recently tried. 

Then it's on to the College World Series. It's one of our favorite events. We pick who we think has the best chance to win. 

Then we'll talk about the World Cup, U.S. Open, and some recent controversy over LeBron's hand. 

Thanks for listening! 

May 31, 2018

Matt and Hank are back to discuss a couple recent beers they've tried lately. 

After that get our thoughts on the NHL and NBA playoffs. What we expect for each series going forward. 

We'll talk a little NASCAR and college baseball to wrap it up and tell you why you should be watching the NCAA baseball tournament this weekend. 

As always thanks for listening! 

May 24, 2018

Big show this week as Matt and Hank are back to talk about the latest happenings in the worlds of sports and spirits. 

We'll start the show talking about some breweries we have recently tried followed by our thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling allowing sports gambling on the national level. 

After that it's review time as we talk about Smirnoff Red White and Berry. We'll give you our thoughts and some recipes for the summer. 

We'll wrap it up with our take on the NHL and NBA playoffs and how we see things playing out. 

May 10, 2018

Matt and Hank are back with a sports heavy show this week. We're talking NBA playoffs as we make our picks for the conference finals. 

After that we'll talk baseball and where we stand so far in the MLB season. 

Then it's on to the NFL. Prop bets are out for the top 5 rookie QBs and whether they start the most games for their teams this season. 

We'll wrap it up with our thoughts on the NHL playoffs and the season the Knights have had. 

Thanks for listening! 

May 4, 2018

It's Kentucky Derby Week! Matt and Hank are back with a big show this week to get you ready for the big day. 

We start off the show with our Vegas insider Raphael Esparza. He has great insight as always on which horses could compete for the title and how you should bet the race. Plus a look at some NFL season win totals and insider info you don't want to miss. 

After that we take a look at some bourbons and whiskies to drink this weekend. We'll chat with Cullen McGoey of Western Brands about his line of products. Some great products that you will want to have in your glass during the race. 

Then we'll wrap up the show talking NFL draft. We give you our thoughts on which teams helped themselves and which teams didn't. 

As always thanks for listening! 

Apr 27, 2018

We're back! Due to some scheduling issues we have missed a few weeks. We'll have a lot more content over the next couple of months but today we come back with Hank Allen flying solo. 

We'll start by talking with Naples Beach Brewery. A great craft brewery in Naples, Florida. Really a fun visit with the owner Will, and they produce some great stuff. 

After that Hank gives his thoughts on the NFL Draft first round and NBA playoffs. 

Thanks for joining us!

This week's guest:

Will Lawson
Founder/Owner - Naples Beach Brewery

Mar 29, 2018

Matt and Hank are here to break down a busy sports weekend. 

We'll start buy discussing the Final Four and who we think will take each game and why. 

After that it's on to our MLB season predictions. Get our picks for each division and wild card winners, plus who we expect to see in each LCS at the end of the year. 

We'll wrap it up with some big changes to come out of NFL owners' meetings and what it means for the season. 

Mar 22, 2018

The tournament continues! After a wild first weekend Matt and Hank are back to talk about what we feel is the best tournament weekend ever. Plus how do we see things playing out from here.

Then we head to Minneapolis to check in with Surly Brewing. Great brewery and a cool partnership they have with the Minnesota United soccer team.  

We'll also discuss some headlines from the NBA including the Cleveland Cavaliers chances at making the finals. 

Then we wrap up with a discussion about money in college sports. What should be done for programs with smaller athletic budgets, and are athletic programs benefiting schools with budget shortfalls overall. 

This week's guest: 

Jerrod Johnson
Head Brewer-Surly Brewing


Mar 15, 2018

Matt and Hank start off talking NFL free agency. Which moves do we think will have the most impact? 

Then Matt and Hank bring in Nathan to talk brackets. We give you all of our picks starting with the Sweet 16. Plus a look at the women’s bracket. 

Mar 7, 2018

We visit with Tracy Napolitano of the New Orleans Bourbon Festival about the event's 2nd year. Lots of great stuff for bourbon enthusiasts and rookies alike. What to to expect this weekend. 

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Plus plenty of sports talk including March Madness, Memphis basketball making a coaching move, the NFL QB situation, and are the Rockets the favorites in the West? 

Mar 1, 2018

Big show this week as we start off the month of March. Matt and Hank are back and spend some time at the top of the show discussing various topics. 

We'll talk about potential rule changes for the NFL including the catch rule. Also our thoughts on experimental changes for the NIT this season in college basketball. And do we like instant replay in sports? 

Then at 29:00 a big interview with L.C. May of Clyde May's whiskey. We talk about the state whiskey of Alabama, the history of the brand, and their own distillery over the next couple of years. 

After that we'll wrap it up talking March Madness. Our thoughts on the Big 10 in NYC plus what we're watching heading into Championship week. 

This week's guest: 
L.C. May
Brand Ambassador- Clyde May's Whiskey


Feb 22, 2018

Matt and Hank are back for episode 73. A lot of topics in this show as the guys discuss some items on their mind. We'll look at the Daytona 500 this past weekend and NASCAR's popularity. Plus talk NBA playoff format changes. 

We'll also spend some time talking about sports injuries. Do we see more now or just hear about them more?

Plus our latest look at Bracketology and where some bubble teams stand in our eyes. 

Feb 15, 2018

Matt and Hank are back to start off the week talking about the NCAA men's tournament. The committee released their top 16 seeds for the first time and we give our thoughts. Who we think deserves the ranking and where teams go from here. 

After that we talk about the big trades by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the past week. Does this make them the favorites in the east now? 

And baseball is right around the corner! We'll look at some over/under win totals in MLB and talk college as well. 

Feb 7, 2018

Matt and Hank are back together this week for Episode 71. We'll start by giving our take on the Super Bowl and where both teams are going forward for next year. 

Then at 21:30 it's on to the Carnival Vista where Matt visits with brewmaster Ronald Zeiber talking about the first brewery at sea. Great stuff there. 

After that we'll talk some about the Olympics which start this week. Plus a couple ideas for your Valentine's Day cocktails from Smirnoff. Then it's on to our Jump Ball segment where we discuss the Cavs, Patriots, and Olympics. 

Thanks for listening! 

Recipes mentioned on the show: 

Hibiscus Crush – Courtesy of Sylvia Fountaine of Feasting at Home
  • 16 ounces Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka (2 cups) 
  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 cups water 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 32 ounces lemon lime soda 
  • 1 lemon- sliced 
  • 1 lime-sliced
  • 1 orange- sliced
  • 4 cups crushed ice
Place hibiscus, water and sugar in a small pot to simmer over the stove for 5 minutes.  Once sugar is dissolved, set aside to cool. Strain. Place vodka, triple sec, soda and sliced citrus in a punch bowl or beverage container. Add hibiscus infusion. Stir. Right before quests arrive add 4 cups crushed ice
Secret Admirer – Courtesy of Sylvia Fountaine of Feasting at Home
  • 4 ounces Smirnoff Raspberry
  • 1.5 ounces Chartreuse
  • 6 fresh raspberries
Place all ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into two vintage martini glasses. Garnish with fresh raspberries. You could sugar the rim for extra sweetness.  
Feb 1, 2018

Episode 70 is here as we break down the big game this weekend. Our Vegas insider Raphael Esparza joins us to talk Super Bowl, the betting on the game, and also whether the NBA will be able to get in on the sports gambling money. 

Nathan Moore joins Hank Allen to give their analysis on the big game and pick the winner and score. Plus we'll give you a great recipe to make for your Super Bowl party. 

As always thanks for listening! 

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