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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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Apr 5, 2017

Another big show this week with the crowded spring sports schedule. Matt East and Hank Allen start the show with a quick recap and their thoughts on the Final Four. 

Then it's off to DeKalb, Illinois for a long talk with the folks of Whiskey Acres Distillery about what they are doing there. 

After that we discuss the rules controversy in the LPGA and give your our Masters preview. 

Plenty of NBA discussion as well in this show and also what we think of Georgetown hiring Patrick Ewing to be their head coach. 

That, Tony Romo, and more on this week's episode! 

Apr 3, 2017

Matt and Hank break down each division in baseball. We tell you who we think will be the division winner and give you our wildcard teams. 

And of course no preview is complete without tell you who we think takes home the trophy in October. 

Mar 29, 2017

It's a big show this week during one of the busiest times of year in sports. Matt and Hank start off with their thoughts on the Final Four, both on the men's and women's side. Who do they think will cut down the nets? 

After that we talk to Steve Beam of Limestone Branch Distillery to talk about our spirit of the week, Minor Case Rye. This stuff is fantastic, and Steve joins us for his second appearance on the show with a great expression from his distillery. 

Then it's on to the NBA where we talk about Cleveland and whether they can get right for the playoffs. After that we give you our MLB season preview with who we expect to win the divisions and play for the Fall Classic. 

Finally we wrap it up with our Jump Ball segment and a couple hot topics in sports. Thanks for listening! 

 

Mar 22, 2017

Big show this week as we are in the heart of spring sports season. Matt, Hank, and Nathan all kick off the show to talk about their busted brackets and look ahead to the rest of the NCAA tournament. 

After that we bring in our featured spirit of the week- Bluecoat Gin. Listen to a great interview with President and Co-Founder of Philadelphia Distilling Andrew Auwerda. 

Matt and Hank then cover some NFL news. Get our thoughts on the Cam Newton shoulder surgery and the Raiders possibly moving to Vegas. 

In NBA news we take on the topic of teams resting their star players, then wrap up the show with our Jump Ball segment. 

This week's guest:
Andrew Auwerda with Bluecoat Gin
President/Co-Founder Philadelphia Distilling
http://www.bluecoatgin.com/

 

Mar 21, 2017

New Orleans' first ever Bourbon Festival is coming up this weekend! Most of the events will be on Friday and Saturday March 24th and 25th. Each day will culminate with a grand tasting featuring close to 90 different offerings from the top names in whiskey. Saturday will feature seminars from the top names in the industry discussing all sorts of topics. 

There will also be dinners sponsored by these companies at various restaurants around the city on Thursday night. And the weekend concludes with an awards brunch on Sunday. For all the information on the festival check out http://www.neworleansbourbonfestival.com/main.html

And for a list of bourbons in the tastings go to http://www.neworleansbourbonfestival.com/bourbonlist.html

Plus check out our interview with the founder of New Orleans Bourbon Festival Tracy Napolitano! 

Mar 15, 2017

All three guys are on the show this week to break down the NCAA men's tournament. March Madness is in full swing and that will be the topic for most of the show. Matt East and Hank Allen are joined by Nathan Moore as the guys make their picks starting with the Sweet 16 in each region. 

We've got some upsets for you along with our Final Four and Championship Picks.

Before that Raphael Esparza joins us to give analysis and insight to the bracket from a Vegas point of view. Esparza works with numerous sports books in the U.S. and abroad.

We'll wrap up the show talking about the first ever New Orleans Bourbon Festival. If you're a bourbon fan you need to be there! 

Our interviews this week are:

Raphael Esparza
Doc's Sports Vegas Insider 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VSIdocsports 

Tracy Napolitano
Founder - New Orleans Bourbon Fest
www.nobourbonfest.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NOBourbonFest  

Mar 8, 2017

Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen talk about the latest news in the world of sports, including thoughts NCAA basketball as power conference tourneys come to a completion this week, NBA thoughts regarding the MVP race, Bogut injury and more, your NASCAR update, and some NFL thoughts as free agency season heats up.

We also play another round of 'Jump Ball' and debate the landing spot for Tony Romo, discuss whether or not the Warriors are still the favorite following the Durant injury, and who we think is leading the NBA MVP race at this point in the year. 

We also have two fantastic interviews for you this week.

Nate Scott
Deputy Director FoxSports.com
@aNateScott

Steve Wilshire
Louisiana Sales Manager
Heaven Hill Brands
https://www.heavenhill.com/

 

 

This week's exit music is 'Where is my Mind' by the Pixies. It is the seventh track on their 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa.

http://www.pixiesmusic.com/

 

Mar 7, 2017

The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey pair of the blended expression as well as the 8 year old single malt come from the Ireland town of Derry. Known for a rather sordid and at times violent history, the town now boasts the first whiskey there in more than 100 years. Quiet Man is currently in the process of building their own distillery in the town as well. 

We enjoyed both of these pours. As you might expect, the blend is mild and smooth and while good, does not possess a ton of depth on the palate. 

The 8 year on the other hand is complex enough to make you feel the age behind it, but still smooth enough to not be turned away. Really nice single malt flavor, with hints of fruit midway through and then a fading spice at the end. 

Overall these are two really nice expressions for anybody wanting to venture into the Irish Whiskey realm that may not have much experience. Our official rating is:

Quiet Man Blend - 7.5/10

Quiet Man 8 Year Single Malt - 8/10

Check out our entertaining interview with Master Distiller Ciaran Mulgrew. 

Mar 1, 2017

Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen talk about the latest news in the world of sports, including thoughts on some big cuts and usage of the franchise tag in the NFL, Kevin Durant's injury, Cleveland's renewed Eastern Conference Outlook, some huge NCAA basketball games as we approach tourney time, and NASCAR Daytona 500 wrap-up and thoughts on the new system.

We also play another round of 'Jump Ball' and discuss the Redskins' use of the franchise tag for Kirk Cousins, Jamaal Charles vs Adrian Peterson, and is Kansas basketball underrated? 

We also have an awesome interview for you this week.

Scott Maitland
Owner and Founder, Top of the Hill Restaurant, Brewery, and Distillery
Chapel Hill, NC
http://www.thetopofthehill.com/ 

 

This week's exit music is 'Where is my Mind' by the Pixies. It is the seventh track on their 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa.

http://www.pixiesmusic.com/


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Feb 22, 2017

Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen talk about the latest news in the world of sports, including an in-depth look at the Daytona 500 and the huge changes the sport has undertaken for the 2017 season. We also discuss Magic Johnson joining the Los Angeles Lakers as the President of Basketball Operations and have lots of college basketball talk as we inch closer to the NCAA Tournament.

We also play another round of 'Jump Ball' and discuss the Chicago Bears' shopping of Jay Cutler, the hiring of Brian Daboll as the Alabama Offensive Coordinator, and the big NBA trade that resulted in Demarcus Cousins playing alongside Anthony Davis for the New Orleans Pelicans. 

We also have a 3 awesome interviews for you this week.

Chase Wilhelm
Reporter/Digital Editor 
@NascaronFox http://Foxsports.com/NASCAR

Alan Fawcett
Daytona Beach Brewing Company
http://www.daytonabeachbrewingcompany.com/
 
Scott Harris
Owner- Catoctin Creek 
https://catoctincreekdistilling.com/

 

 

This week's exit music is 'Where is my Mind' by the Pixies. It is the seventh track on their 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa.

http://www.pixiesmusic.com/

Feb 16, 2017

Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen talk about the latest news in the world of sports, including some in-depth discussion about college basketball and the initial seedings released by the NCAA Tournament Committee and the UConn women's team winning 100 consecutive games.

We also play another round of 'Jump Ball' and cover the Cleveland Cavs chances of finishing the regular season as the #1 seed in the East, debate experimental rule changes for the NIT this year, and debate the merits of an overall #1 seed for Gonzaga should they finish the regular season undefeated. 

We also have a fantastic interview for you this week with Jane Maher, Brand Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W. She discusses the extremely neat D.E.W. and a Brew Tour that is ongoing across the country.

www.dewandabrew.com  

This week's exit music is 'Where is my Mind' by the Pixies. It is the seventh track on their 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa.

http://www.pixiesmusic.com/

Feb 9, 2017

The full crew is here for our Super Bowl recap. Hank Allen, Matthew East, and Nathan Moore break down the game and how Houston did as a host city. Plus we look ahead to next season, who is more likely to get back to the big game? 

We also have a great interview with A. Smith Bowman distillery talking whiskey and craft spirits in Virginia. 

Then in our Jump Ball segment, a look at the Falcons new OC, 49ers head coach, and a potential rule change for MLB. 

We'll wrap things up with a look ahead to this weekend in college basketball and the PGA tour. 

Brian Prewitt

Master Distiller - A. Smith Bowman Distillery

http://www.asmithbowman.com/

 

Feb 3, 2017

We talk with CFO Austin Webber about the beer and what they are doing at the brewery. 

 

http://www.saloondoorbrewing.com/

 

Feb 2, 2017

Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen get you ready for Super Bowl weekend with a full preview and prediction for the big game. We also touch on some of the other big stories in sports, including the PGA Tour, Australian Open, and college basketball. 

Two great interviews for you this week. We speak with Hasting Stewart, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee for a look at what is involved in bringing the Super Bowl to a city as well as actually hosting the international stage that surrounds the game.

We also take you into the Houston area for a fantastic interview with Austin Webber, CFO of Saloon Door Brewing. Great interview....we think you will enjoy it. 
   - http://www.saloondoorbrewing.com/

 

This week's exit music is 'Where is my Mind' by the Pixies. It is the seventh track on their 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa.

http://www.pixiesmusic.com/

Jan 30, 2017

Widow Jane Distillery is located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. We were able to try their 10 year bourbon offering and discuss that with master distiller Vince Oleson in this interview. 

The first thing that jumps out at you is the tremendous smell. In the glass this has a welcoming sweet smell. The first sip of the bourbon is a little on the hot side, likely due to the 10 years of aging. However it rounds out nicely on the finish again bringing out the sweeter notes. 

As Vince told us the whiskey is from Kentucky, but the water added at proofing is from the Widow Jane mine in New York. Our official rating for this offering is 7.5. It's very good, but the taste doesn't quite live up to the amazing smell. 

A really interesting part about what Vince and the company is doing is on the agricultural side. They will be coming out with a variety of whiskies in which they use heirloom corns that they have grown themselves. 

Between that and the flagship 10 year old bourbon, exciting things are happening at Widow Jane. 

Disclaimer: A sample was provided for tasting 

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