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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Aug 9, 2017

Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen are back to tackle the big topics in sports and bring you the latest from the spirits industry. This week our NFL division previews continue with the AFC West. After that it's Absolut Elyx Vodka CEO Jonas Tahlin followed by college football talk and info on the PGA Championship. Here's the rundown: 

AFC West Preview (7:00)- We break down one of the tougher divisions in sports and predict the records for the Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, and Raiders

Jonas Tahlin (41:00)- We continue our Tales of the Cocktail coverage where we caught up with Jonas Tahlin of Absolut Elyx Vodka. Great interview with him about the history of the brand, what makes him tick, and a glimpse into the future of the beverage industry

College Football (56:00)- The top 25 coaches poll is out! We break it down with our thoughts on the first ranking of the college football season. What we agree and disagree with as we head towards the opening weekend. 

Jay Cutler (1:05:00)- The QB is back in football with the Miami Dolphins. How do we feel about their playoff chances now? 

PGA Championship (1:08:00)- The final major of the year on the PGA tour. Get our picks, plus how weather could be a factor this weekend. And Matt gives you some good info as you make your way around Charlotte. 

Don't forget to subscribe on iTunes and Google Play. As always thanks for listening! 

Aug 2, 2017

Huge show this week with a lot of content for you. Matt and Hank are back on Episode 46 to talk Peru and Pisco! We have some great stuff about the country and its national spirit from Tales of the Cocktail. We'll be bringing you interviews through the show. We also have our AFC North preview segment, and thoughts on the MLB trade deadline. Here's a breakdown of this week's episode: 

6:00- Tony Abou Ganim. The Modern Mixologist talks with us about Pisco and breaks down all you need to know. Plus what makes Peru special and why he fell in love with the spirit. Find Tony on twitter at 

21:00- Our NFL previews continue this week with the AFC North. Our thoughts on the Ravens, Bengals, Browns, and Steelers in that order plus our predictions for the season for each team. 

47:45- Back to Tales of the Cocktail and Peruvian Pisco with Diego Loret de Mola, Founder of Barsol Pisco. He gives us some background on the company, what makes it special, plus what it's like leading the charge to bring Pisco back to the United States. Also some great history on Peru and what makes it special. 

1:06:00- Our thoughts on the MLB trade deadline. Who made the biggest moves and what teams look better going forward. Right after that we talk about the great Ara Parseghian, who passed away this week at the age of 94. 

1:12:45- We'll wrap it up talking Pisco with Jean Pual Desmaison of Pisco 100 about their product and about Peru in general. 

As always thanks for listening! 

Jul 26, 2017

Big show this week with a lot of content for you! Matt and Hank are back with the biggest topics in sports along with some great spirits industry coverage. 

We can't miss out on commenting on the Phelps vs Shark event during Shark Week (5:30).

We'll start off the sports talk with a quick recap of the Open Championship. Our thoughts on the amazing run by Jordan Spieth to take the Claret Jug (9:00).

After that Clayton Kershaw is out with a back injury. What does that mean for the Dodgers going forward? (12:30). 

One of the biggest topics lately has been the ousting of Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss. Our thoughts on that situation plus potential replacements (16:30).

Then we head back to Tales of the Cocktail to continue our coverage. We'll talk with Graciela Gonzalez of Luxco about the Make it Exotico Cocktail Competition and Exotico Tequila (26:30). We also wrap up the show with a visit from the winner Megan Deschaine (57:30).

And we continue our NFL division previews this time discussion the AFC East. Get our predictions for each team and more! 

As always thanks for listening! 

Jul 19, 2017

Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen back together for a huge episode 44! Hank is at Tales of the Cocktail, and we are bringing you the beginning portions of tons of content from this massive annual event. We start by talking to Han Shan of Hudson Whiskey. 

We also discuss the Dave Gettleman firing by the Carolina Panthers and break down the NFC West with our full preview of the Arizona Cardinals, L.A. Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks.

Jul 12, 2017

We're a week away from Tales of the Cocktail! Matt's out this week so the third member of our team fills in with Hank in this episode. 

We'll start this show with a great interview with Charlotte Voisey (4:15), the Director of Brand Advocacy for William Grant and Sons. She gives us a preview of WGS participation at Tales of the Cocktail, and also some great insight into the beverage industry and some of the recent trends. 

After that we're talking about a couple topics in the sports world centered around Houston. We'll discuss the reason for the Astros success so far this season (22:00), and what Chris Paul will mean for the Rockets (26:40). Nathan is based in Houston and will give us some context from the city. 

Then we'll talk craft beer. Nathan will give us some of his local brewery rankings, followed by describing what it takes to get started brewing your own beer at home. (35:00).  

Plus looking forward to a trip to try more beer in Granbury and Shiner, Texas (47:00). 

As always thanks for listening! 

Jul 6, 2017

Matt and Hank are back for Episode 42 this week! We'll start off with some random topics as always including dropping some knowledge on hurricanes and storm surge. Then we get into our MLB first half recap and headlines heading into the All-Star break (9:00). We'll also discuss why we think the home run derby isn't as popular as it used to be, along with the NBA dunk contest (21:00). 

After that we'll give our thoughts on some of the latest free agent moves in the NBA and what it means for those teams including the Celtics (24:30). 

Then we continue our big series previewing the NFL divisions. Today we examine the NFC north. We'll give you the keys for each team plus how we think they'll finish (27:00). 

Finally we'll wrap it up talking about some summer drinks. What's in our glass and also a rum you need to try this summer (51:00). 

As always thanks for listening! 

Jun 28, 2017

Hosts Matt East and Hank Allen discuss the parting of ways between Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks (7:30), some of the biggest misses in the AP poll of college football preseason (14:00), a great interview with Charlie O'Connell, Founder of Frisco, North Channel Distillery (22:30), and our NFC East preview (42:00).

Today's Guest:

Charlie O'Connell-Founder
North Channel Distillery


Jun 21, 2017

Another packed show for you this as Matt and Hank are back for episode 40. We'll start off at 7:00 talking about the odds movements of NFL season win totals. What are the bettors putting their money on. 

After that at 12:00 minutes we break down some of the pre-draft trades in the NBA and who came out on top. 

Then at 22:30 a very special guest as the founder of Tales of the Cocktail, Ann Tuennerman, joins us to talk about the history of the event and what it has become. Really cool stuff there. 

Next at 38:00 we start our NFL division previews with the NFC South. What to look for from each team and who we think wins it. 

We wrap up with some College World Series talk at 58:00. 

As always thanks for listening! 

Today's guest: 
Ann Tuennerman - Founder
Tales of the Cocktail


Jun 14, 2017

Big show as hosts Matt East and Hank Allen wrap up the NBA Playoffs (5:07) and Stanley Cup Finals (15:17). We also discuss the future for Golden State and Cleveland in that segment. Later, we discuss some college football and go over the newly-released Vegas season win totals for a plethora of teams (42:37). We hit the high points of the latest MLB Power Rankings (57:00). Later we discuss the great group of young drivers in NASCAR (1:03:07) and then give you are picks for the U.S. Open this weekend (1:05:43).

Today's feature interview is Fred Parent, Brand Ambassador for Hendrick's Gin (20:27)


Jun 8, 2017

Big sports weekend ahead and Matt and Hank are back to break it all down. We're covering all the big stories, plus revisiting a whiskey distillery that you can add to your summer list. Here's how it stacks up. . .

6:00- NBA Finals. We recap game 3 and discuss any chance the Cavs may have. Plus the context of what the Warriors are doing in the playoffs this year

15:30- Stanley Cup. An exciting series so far. How did Nashville even it up, and where does the series go from here. Plus our thoughts on both teams and the city of Pittsburgh. 

27:30- Bob Stoops. A shocker in the college football world as Bob Stoops announces he is stepping down. What does it mean for Oklahoma football and where does he rank among the coaching greats. 

36:30- Thad Matta is out at Ohio State. Our take on that and some other big coaching spots filled in college basketball. 

42:30- A. Smith Bowman Distillery. A great interview with Master Distiller Brian Prewitt about their whiskey and also traveling to see the distillery, as well as the craft distillery business. 

1:02:00- NCAA baseball. It's Super Regional weekend. We let you know what you should be watching this weekend. 

1:07:30- Jets cleaning house. What does that mean for the upcoming season. 

This week's interview: 
Brian Prewitt
Master Distiller - A. Smith Bowman

As always thanks for listening! 

May 31, 2017

Matt and Hank are back in Episode 37 as we turn the calendar to June. A quick recap of the Coca-Cola 600 and Indy 500 to start followed by a full breakdown of the NBA Finals. What are the keys to success for both the Cavs and Warriors, and who we expect to win the series. 

After that we check with Tanteo Spirits to talk about their Tequila. Really great interview talking about infusing the flavor into tequila and how it all comes together. Plus some recipe ideas for the summer. Really good stuff. 

Then we turn our attention to the NHL finals. Is it too late for the Predators already? Plus what about throwing catfish on the ice. Then a brief discussion about Bryce Harper's suspension in MLB, and is it fair?

We will wrap up the show talking a little college baseball heading in to regional play this weekend. Plus we give you three first year college football coaches and pick who we think sticks around the longest and get the boot the quickest. 

All that and more! 

This week's interview is:

Neil Grosscup
CEO - Tanteo Spirits


May 24, 2017

Memorial Day weekend is here! Matt and Hank start off with a little NBA and NHL playoff update. Then it's a big NASCAR segment as we discuss the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 race in Charlotte. We're discussing the race segments, tire changes, and track changes. We bring in our NASCAR insider Chase Wilhelm for some great analysis. 

Then we take you to Muddy River Distillery. A really cool rum distillery to check out while you're in town for the race. 

After that a little NFL talk and we wrap it up. 

This week's guests are:

Chase Wilhelm Reporter

Robbie Delaney
Muddy River Distillery 


May 17, 2017

Another big show this week as we work through the spring calendar. Matt East and Hank Allen are back to talk sports and whisky. We will start with a look at the NBA. Our thoughts on the playoffs as they stand now, the Spurs without Leonard, the draft win for Boston, and more. 

After that we take you to Kentucky to chat with Boone County Distilling. A great interview with one of the founders of the distillery and a very candid look inside the distilling business as well. Their bourbon is really tasty. 

Then we delve into the NHL playoffs. How we think it ranks with the playoff excitement of other sports. Plus a big couple weeks for NASCAR on the way leading up to Memorial Day weekend. 

We'll throw in a little update on the MLB season a little over a month in, as well as a couple of interesting tidbits to round out the show. 

As always thanks for listening!

This weeks guest: 

Josh Quinn
Co-Founder, Boone County Distilling


May 11, 2017

Great show this week with a really great interview. After Matt and Hank open the show Hank sits down for a round table discussion on women in the tech and whiskey industry. We have some heavy hitters talking about the challenges women face and how both of those industries parallel each other in terms of what women go through to be accepted. Along with that we will mix in a tasting and discussion about two products from the Glenfiddich line. Some craft beer talk as well. 

After that it's back to sports talk. Matt and Hank talk about the NHL playoffs and where we go from here, as well as what has surprised us so far. Then NBA playoffs as we are basically waiting for a Cleveland/Golden State finals rematch. 

We'll wrap it up with an early look at the Vegas predictions for NFL win totals for the upcoming season. 

This week's round table guests are:

Kate Brodock 
Women 2.0

Jennifer Wren and Tracie Franklin
Glenfiddich Brand Ambassadors


May 3, 2017

The sports calendar continues to be packed and there are few weekends bigger than Kentucky Derby weekend. We start the show by discussing the current scenarios in the NBA and NHL playoffs. What are we surprised at and where do things go from here.

After that it's Derby time. Our Vegas insider Raphael Esparza joins us with his analysis of the field. What could a cooler Derby mean, and who are the horses to look for. We also talk a bout the big boxing match this weekend, and what's it like in a Vegas Sportsbook on these big weekends. Great insight from him.

After that it's on to talk bourbon and whiskey with Western Spirits. We feature a few of the brands including Calumet Farms, which has two horses in this year's Derby field.

Finally we'll wrap it up with some thoughts on the NFL draft, along with the Boston-Baltimore situation in MLB and if Nick Saban is worth the price at Alabama.

Guests this week are:

Raphael Esparza

Cullen McGoey
Louisiana Sales - Western Spirits


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