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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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Dec 15, 2016

We've got the NFL covered this week heading into a huge weekend of games with major playoff implications. We speak with Greg Auman, Tampa Bay Bucs and NFL writer for the Tampa Bay Times.

We also take you to Dallas and Kansas City, sites of two of the biggest games of the weekend, and speak with a couple of great local distilleries in interviews you are sure to enjoy. 

Huge show!

Dec 8, 2016

Lots of great content in today's show, including college football playoffs and bowls and a look at a huge weekend ahead in the NFL. We preview and predict The Cowbows at the Giants as well as the Ravens at the Patriots and give you a great interview from both of the host cities. 

Dec 1, 2016

Championship week in college football is here....time for it all to be decided. Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen spend some time discussing all of the playoff scenarios heading into this weekend and give your our championship week picks. Matt also talks about a fantastic rivalry weekend as well as what was maybe the best weekend of NFL football thus far this season, plus sets the table for this weekend's NFL games.

Three absolutely fantastic interviews for you this week. We speak with Ryan Aber, Oklahoma beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com for lots of insight into Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. We also have a fantastic conversation with Brian Willsey, co-owner of Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery in Indianapolis, location for the huge Big 10 Championship Game. Last but certainly not least, we speak with Brian Howell, Colorado beat writer for BuffZone.com for a tremendous look inside the amazing season the Colorado Buffaloes have had, the massive Pac 12 title game, and the national implications of a Colorado or Washington win.  

Our three featured interviews this week are:

Ryan Aber
Oklahoma Sooner beat writer
The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com

Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery - Indianapolis, IN
Brian Willsey - Co-owner
http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

Brian Howell
Colorado Buffaloes beat writer
BuffZone.com

Nov 24, 2016

 

It is rivalry week in college football! Nothing like it. Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you around the entire college football landscape heading into rivalry weekend. Included in this week's show is a full discussion of all of the college football playoff scenarios and possibilities and predictions for many of the great rivalry games this weekend. We also take you to the site of two of the biggest games of the weekend and bring you two fantastic interviews. Just for a little additional fun, we talk some NFL football to set the stage for this weekend's games as well.

 

Our two featured interviews this week are:

Lineage Brewing - Columbus, OH
Jessica Byrne - Co-Owner
http://www.lineagebrew.com/

Proof Brewing Company - Tallahassee, FL
Byron Burroughs - Founder
http://www.proofbrewingco.com/welcome/

Nov 17, 2016

In this week's show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen highlight two top 25 match-ups in college football. We take you to Morgantown, West Virginia for the game between the Sooners and Mountaineers. We visit Forks of Cheat Winery and Distillery to hear their story. We also go to Boulder to preview Washington State and Colorado, and give you a look at Vapor Distillery with a great interview from there. Plus college football playoff talk and our thoughts on the NFL as it stands entering the weekend.

We have all of the preview and predictions you need for the biggest games this week:

Oklahoma Sooners at West Virginia Mountaineers

Washington State Cougars at Colorado Buffaloes

College football playoff discussion

We also discuss all of the big headlines from the last week in sports, including NFL football, as well as give you a heads-up as to what to look for in this weekend's action. 

Our featured interviews this week are:

Vapor Distillery - Boulder, CO

Alastair Brogan - Owner/Distiller

www.vapordistillery.com

Forks of Cheat Winery/Distillery - Morgantown, WV
Eric Deal - Director of Winery Operations and Master Distiller
http://www.wvwines.com

Nov 10, 2016

In this week's show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you to Boston, MA, location of this week's biggest NFL game. We break down the match up between Seattle and New England and talk with Will Willis, Co-Founder of Bully Boy Distillers. We also take you into Pittsburgh to get set for the Cowboys and Steelers and speak with Patrick Santillo of Wigle Whiskey.

We have all of the preview and predictions you need for the biggest games this week:

Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots

Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers

College basketball season kicking off

We also discuss all of the big headlines from the last week in sports, including college football playoff rankings, and NFL football, as well as give you a heads-up as to what to look for in this weekend's action. 

Our featured interviews this week are:

Bully Boy Distillery - Roxbury, MA
Will Willis - Co-Founder
http://www.bullyboydistillers.com/inside-home

Wigle Whiskey - Pittsburgh, PA
Patrick Santillo - Director FOH Operations
https://www.wiglewhiskey.com/

Read more at http://sportsandspirits.libsyn.com/podcast#YXRua8XtSJVkeDjW.99

Nov 4, 2016

In this week's show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you to the site of two huge college football games. We break down the match up between Alabama and LSU and talk with Donner-Peltier Distillery out of Thibodaux, LA. We also analyze the Nebraska/Ohio State game and make a stop in Columbus to talk to Middle West Spirits. Finally we review Stranahan's Single Malt from Denver. 

We have all of the preview and predictions you need for the biggest games this week:

#1 Alabama at #13 LSU

#10 Nebraska at #6 Ohio State

We also discuss all of the big headlines from the last week in sports, including the World Series, college, and NFL football, as well as give you a heads-up as to what to look for in this weekend's action. 

Our featured interviews this week are:

Donner Peltier Distillery - Thibodaux, Louisiana
Johnny Culpepper - Vice President of Sales
www.dpdspirits.com/home 

Middle West Spirits - Columbus, Ohio
Brady Konya - Co founder
www.middlewestspirits.com


Read more at http://sportsandspirits.libsyn.com/podcast#xOF9VoV64qsFGQd2.99

Oct 27, 2016

Jam-packed show! In this week's show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you to the biggest sites and stories in the world of sports and some of the unique establishments in those locations. We will take you to Chicago, site of this weekend's World Series games. We will speak with Joe Galbraith, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at Clemson University as Clemson heads to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. Finally, we have a chat with Jim Beam, President and Distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, KY. 

We have all of the preview and predictions you need for the biggest games this week:

#4 Washington at #17 Utah

#3 Clemson at #12 Florida State

We also discuss all of the big headlines from the last week in sports, including the World Series, college, and NFL football, as well as give you a heads-up as to what to look for in this weekend's action. 

Our featured interviews this week are:

Rhine Hall Distillery - Chicago, Illinois
Jenny Solberg Katzman - Owner Operator
http://www.rhinehall.com/home

Joe Galbraith - Assistant Athletic Director for Communications - Clemson University

Limestone Branch Distillery - Lebanon, KY
Steve Beam - President and Distiller
http://limestonebranch.com/

Read more at http://sportsandspirits.libsyn.com/podcast#Qx0Gkc8SkCaU0pEe.99

Oct 20, 2016

In this week's show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you around to the stories in the world of sports and what to drink as you watch them. We visit beautiful Tuscaloosa, Alabama, site of this week's premier college football game and speak with Eric Hull, one of the founders of local brewery Black Warrior Brewing Company. We review Four Roses 2016 Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon. We also give our thoughts on where the MLB playoffs stand at the moment.

We have all of the preview and predictions you need for the biggest games this week:

#6 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama

#17 Arkansas at #21 Auburn 

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

We also discuss all of the big headlines from the last week in sports, and give you a heads-up as to what to look for in week 6 for college football and week 5 in the NFL. 

Our featured interview this week is:

Black Warrior Brewing Company - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Eric Hull - Co-owner 
https://blackwarriorbrewing.com/

Oct 12, 2016

In this week's show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you around to the biggest sites and stories in the world of sports. We will take you to beautiful Madison, Wisconsin, site of one of this week's biggest college football games, and speak with Nathan Greenawalt, Founder and Owner of Old Sugar Distillery. We will speak with John Rempe, Director of Corporate Research & Development at Luxco.

We have all of the preview and predictions you need for the biggest games this week:

#2 Ohio State at #8 Wisconsin

#1 Alabama at #9 Tennessee

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

We also discuss all of the big headlines from the last week in sports, and give you a heads-up as to what to look for in week 6 for college football and week 5 in the NFL. 

Our featured interviews this week are:

Old Sugar Distillery - Madison, Wisconsin
Nathan Greenawalt - Founder and Owner 
http://oldsugardistillery.com/

Luxco - St. Louis, MO
John Rempe - Director of Corporate Research & Development
http://www.luxco.com


Read more at http://sportsandspirits.libsyn.com/podcast#h2lAjbr6sbcmKSQq.99

Oct 5, 2016

In this week's show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you around to the biggest sites and stories in the world of sports. We will take you to the Mile High City of Denver, CO, site of this week's biggest NFL game, and speak with Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller at Stranahan's Single Malt Whiskey. We will also take you to College Station, TX, the site of a huge college football game this week, and speak with Dean Brundage, Owner and Co-Founder of New Republic Brewing Co.

We have all of the preview and predictions you need for the biggest games this week:

#9 Tennessee at #8 Texas A&M

#1 Alabama at #16 Arkansas

#23 Florida State at #10 Miami

Atlanta Falcons at Denver Broncos

We also discuss all of the big headlines from the last week in sports, and give you a heads-up as to what to look for in week 6 for college football and week 5 in the NFL. 

Our featured interviews this week are:

Stranahan's Single Malt Whiskey - Denver, CO
Rob Dietrich - Master Distiller 
http://www.stranahans.com/

New Republic Brewing Co. - College Station, TX
Dean Brundage - Owner and Co-Founder
http://www.newrepublicbrewing.com/


Read more at http://sportsandspirits.libsyn.com/podcast#CzzCoqQL4F19QO6p.99

Sep 30, 2016

In this week's show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you around to the biggest sites and stories in the world of sports. We also take you to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a chat with Stacy Baird, General Manager at Grizzly Peak Brewing Company as well to Seattle, Washington to speak with Scott Hawley, Director of Marketing for Westland Distillery. 

We have all of the preview and predictions you need for the biggest games this week:

#7 Stanford at #10 Washington

#8 Wisconsin at #4 Michigan

#3 Louisville at #5 Clemson

We also discuss all of the big headlines from the last week in sports, and give you a heads-up as to what to look for in week 5 for college football and week 4 in the NFL. 

Our featured interviews this week are:

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company -Ann Arbor, MI
Stacy Baird - General Manager 
http://www.grizzlypeak.net/

Westland Distillery - Seattle, WA
Steve Hawley - Director of Marketing
http://www.westlanddistillery.com/

Sep 22, 2016

In this week's show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you to Philadelphia, PA for a conversation with the owner of a great local brewery and kitchen, talk with the master distiller of one of America's great bourbon distilleries, and break down and predict all of the week's biggest games. 

#11 Wisconsin at #8 Michigan State

#19 Florida at #14 Tennessee

#17 Arkansas vs #10 Texas A&M in Dallas

Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles

We also discuss all of the big headlines from the last week in sports, and give you a heads-up as to what to look for in week 4 for college football and week 3 in the NFL. 

Our featured interviews this week are:

Four Roses Bourbon - Lawrenceburg, KY
Brent Elliott - Master Distiller 
http://fourrosesbourbon.com/

Saint Benjamin Brewing Company - Philadelphia, PA
Tim Patton - Owner
http://stbenjaminbrewing.com/


Read more at http://sportsandspirits.libsyn.com/podcast#MrU6KWkGr32hcWZ1.99

Sep 16, 2016

In today's inaugural show, hosts Matt East and Hank Allen take you to Louisville, KY, Oxford, MS, and Norman, Oklahoma, sites for week 3's biggest college football games, and highlight three local establishments with unique craft beverages and food options. We will also give you a full preview and prediction for:

#2 Florida State at #10 Louisville

#1 Alabama at #19 Ole Miss

#3 Ohio State at #14 Oklahoma

We will also highlight the big stories heading into week 2 of NFL action and run down all of the other interesting college football games of the week. 

Our featured establishments this week are:

Proof on Main - Louisville, KY
Chea Beckley - Beverage Director
http://www.proofonmain.com/

The Oxford Growler - Oxford, MS
De Graeber - Manager
http://www.thegrowleroxford.com/index.html

Anthem Brewery - Oklahoma City, OK
Patrick Lively - President Brewmaster
http://www.anthembrewing.com/

 

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