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 26, 2019

Big show this week as we sit down with Tripp Stimson, Director of Distillery Operations, of Barrell Bourbon. Great to talk with him about why Barrell is so popular. We get his insight into the bourbon world and whether they plan to distill their own products in the future. 

After that we give our thoughts on the NBA free agency situation plus the MLB standings heading into July. 

May 31, 2019

Exciting time of year in the sports world and this week we bring you a new product in the world of sports hydration. We speak with Anshuman Vohra, Founder of Halo Sport. 

HALO is a premium, certified organic hydration beverage carving a completely new category within the market, no longer requiring consumers to make the adherent choice between taste, nutritional benefit, and calories.

After that we discuss the NBA and NHL playoffs. 

May 24, 2019

Happy Memorial Day! Big sports weekend, especially for race fans. We'll touch on that to start. Plus some thoughts on the NBA and NHL playoffs. Then after some holiday cocktail ideas Matt gives his thoughts on the Game of Thrones finale. Spoiler: he wasn't a fan. 

Smirnoff Red, White, and Berry recipes:

RWB Firecracker Martini (Serves 1)

1.5 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
4.5 oz lemonade
1 oz. Blue Curacao

RWB Frose (Serves 3)

 Red Slush Layer

2 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
1 cup of cherries, quartered
1 cup Rose wine

 White Slush Layer

2 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
2 cups of ice
1 cup lemonade

 Blue Slush Layer

2 cups of ice
2 oz. Blue Curacao
1 cup raspberry lime seltzer water

May 15, 2019

It's a huge week in the entertainment world with the series finale of Game of Thrones. To celebrate we are talking about the Diageo/HBO collaboration of single malt scotch whiskies and Johnnie Walker White Walker. 

A fantastic interview with Rasmus Just, the Diageo Reserve Scotch Ambassador (Instagram: @justscotch). We will break down and sample a couple of the single malts paired with Game of Thrones houses. Plus the Johnnie Walker White Walker blend. 

Then Matt's analysis on how the show will end and what to expect. 

Apr 18, 2019

We're back! After a layoff due to the birth of Hank's twins we are back with the latest episode. Short and easy listening this week as we give you our thoughts on Tiger's win, the NBA and NHL playoffs, NFL draft, and our review of Crown Royal Peach. 

Mar 20, 2019

Our favorite time of year! We talk all things NCAA men's tournament in this week's episode. First we bring in our buddy Raphael Esparza (Twitter: ) to break down the bracket from a Vegas insider standpoint. We also talk about some interesting prop bets and the sports betting world as a whole. 

Then Matt, Nathan, and Hank will give you their picks from the Sweet 16 to the final game. 

Thanks for listening! 

Mar 15, 2019

Huge weekend on the way and one of our favorite times of year. Matt and Hank are back with the latest episode to get you set for St. Patrick's Day! 

We start with an interview with Aaron Ridgeway, beer specialist from St. James’s Gate in Ireland. A really fun time talking Guinness, the holiday, Ireland, and everything you need to know. 

After that it's March Madness time! We'll give our thoughts on the latest bracket projections. And, a huge free agency period in the NFL. What we think about the biggest moves. 

We wrap it up with some beer picks for you to enjoy! 

Feb 15, 2019

Matt and Hank are back as we head into the all-star break in the NBA. Tune in to get Matt's take on what you need to know visiting Charlotte this weekend and their thoughts on the NBA season so far. 

Then a little NFL talk with some key post season moves. 

Hank goes over a couple drink recipes for you plus talks about Oleo Saccharum. Oleo saccharum is simply sugar mingled with the oil that citrus peel releases. It's a great additive for your cocktail. 

After that we wrap it up with some college basketball thoughts. 


Cupid’s Crush

2 (12 oz.) bottles Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Rosé

16 oz. Grapefruit Juice


Orange Blossom

1 ounce orange juice

1 ounce gin

1 our sweet vermouth

Served up with fine sugar on the rim


  The Smirnoff Valentine’s Cosmo

(Makes 1 Cocktail)


·         1 oz Smirnoff No. 21

·         .5 oz Orange Liqueur

·         .5 oz Lime Juice

·         1 oz Cranberry Juice

·         Garnish with Raspberries



In a cocktail shaker, combine Smirnoff No. 21, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice with ice. Shake. Pour into glass and garnish with raspberries.

Jan 31, 2019

Our Super Bowl preview show is here! Hank and Matt are joined by our Vegas insider Raphael Esparza to start the show as we discuss the big game and the bets around it. 

Great insights into the line movements so far as well as some really unique prop bets around the game. 

After that Nathan Moore drops in as the three discuss the game and give their analysis. We also get a look at Nathan's updated craft brewery list. He just hit number 40, so what is the top 10?

As always thanks for listening! 

Jan 17, 2019

Championship Sunday in the NFL is here! Matt and Hank are back to talk about that and whiskey! We start with a review of George Dickel Barrel Select (9.25/10) and their Tabasco finished whiskey (7/10). Get our thoughts on what we like and what we don't. 

After that it's all about NFL Championship Sunday. We think these are two premier match-ups in each conference. We give you our picks and keys to each game. 

Plus the usual banter and fun. As always thanks for listening! 

Jan 4, 2019

Happy New Year! Matt and Hank are back heading into a big weekend of football. A little spirits talk to start off. If you want a great party recipe Hank has what you need with his Brandy Milk Punch. 

After that it's all football. We'll give you our thoughts on each of the 4 NFL Wild Card games this weekend. Unlike last year there is a lot of disagreement on our picks. 

Then we break down the college football final on Monday between Alabama and Clemson. How do we see that one shaping up?

As always thanks for listening. 

Dec 20, 2018

Hank starts this week's show with a discussion on the Orphan Barrel Rhetoric series. The final expression is out, the Rhetoric 25 year. We have info on that. Plus, a review and thoughts on the 23 and 24 year releases of Rhetoric from Orphan Barrel. 

After that Matt joins the show as we discuss the current NFL playoff situation. A lot of great matchups the final two weeks of the season. We'll talk about how we feel about each team in the hunt. 

Plus we talk a little college football and basketball to wrap up the show. Happy Holidays and as always thinks for listening! 

Dec 13, 2018

Matt and Hank are back this week as we head into a really big weekend of NFL matchups. First we start by talking a little drinking in the great city of Charlotte. Matt recently spent some time trying a couple new brews and enjoying some other food and beverage during the snow storm. 

After that we give our thoughts on the Heisman trophy outcome. We'll talk about some of the big NFL matchups this weekend and what we are watching for. Plus discussing some of the early season bowl games. 


Dec 8, 2018

Matt has survived his extended bout of various sicknesses and returns with Hank for the latest episode. We're going to give our thoughts on the college football playoffs and if we think the committee got it right. Plus what games we are interested in. 

Then we'll talk a little college basketball and NFL. We wrap up the show with a really cool interview with Jaime Salas of Milagro Tequila. Really great info on the brand plus tequila in general. We had a lot of fun talking with him. 

As always thanks for listening! 

Nov 22, 2018

It's rivalry week! One of the best weekends of the year is upon us as we feast on college football rivalry week and early season basketball match-ups. 

We start with some whiskey talk. We give you our thoughts on Bulleit Rye Whiskey (Hank 9/10, Matt 9/10) and Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon (Hank 9/10, Matt 8/10). Needless to say, we like them both. Plus some neat gift ideas for the cocktail lover in your life

Then it's time to talk college football as we look ahead to the the Apple Cup, Civil War, Iron Bowl, The Game, Notre Dame/USC, LSU/TAMU, Clemson/South Carolina and more. 

A few NFL thoughts to wrap up the show.  

Thanks for listening! 

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