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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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 

Alan Fawcett
Daytona Beach Brewing Company
Scott Harris
Owner- Catoctin Creek



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.

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.  

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.

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


Feb 3, 2017

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


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. 


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.

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 

Jan 26, 2017

In this episode Hank is joined by our third team member Nathan Moore (@Nathan_weather) while Matt is still away on vacation. We break down the AFC and NFC championship games and look ahead to the Super Bowl as Nathan makes his pick for the big game. 

As a craft beer aficionado and Houston resident, Nathan will also give you his top three picks for craft beer in the city if you are planning a trip in for the Super Bowl. 

We also have a great interview with Ciaran Mulgrew from Quiet Man Irish Whiskey talking about the story behind the brand, as well as their plans to move forward with their own distillery. 


Ciaran Mulgrew

Quiet Man Irish Whiskey


Jan 19, 2017

Hank is flying solo in this episode while Matt is on vacation. Get his commentary on the NFL playoff picture, including an in depth breakdown of the Packers and Falcons as well as game predictions. We'll also talk college basketball as it stands at the moment and talk about the recent MLB Hall of Fame Inductees. Plus a great interview with Widow Jane Distillery out of Brooklyn. 

We talk with Aaron Freeman of the Locked on Falcons podcast. 

Aaron Freeman




Vince Oleson

Head Disiller

Widow Jane Distillery

Jan 12, 2017

It's NFL Divisional Round Playoff Weekend, and we have full previews and predictions for you of the Houston Texans at the New England Patriots, the Seattle Seahawks at the Atlanta Falcons, the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Green Bay Packers at the Dallas Cowboys. 

We also bring Ryan Tracy from the @LockedonChiefs podcast joins us to take us inside the Chiefs- Steelers matchup. 

Ryan Tracy

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.

Jan 5, 2017

Getting set for Wild Card Playoff Weekend in the NFL and the College Football National Championship Game. We break down and predict the AFC and NFC Wild Card games and give the College Football Playoff Championship game the same treatment. We also have a great interview with Joe from Copper and Kings Distillery.

Joe Heron - Copper and Kings Distillery
Louisville, KY


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Dec 29, 2016

Huge show this week getting you set for full preview and predictions for the College Football Playoff semifinal games this weekend. 

It's also the final week of the NFL regular season, and playoff births and seeding are on the line for many teams. We have your full breakdown of the playoff scenario for every team.

The site of one of the biggest NFL games this weekend is Detroit, where the Lions host the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. We break down that game and give you our predictions.

Plus, to get you set for that game, we have a great interview with Michael Forsyth from Detroit City Distillery. Great stuff!

This week's featured location:

Detroit City Distillery - Detroit, MI
Michael Forsyth

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 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 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

Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery - Indianapolis, IN
Brian Willsey - Co-owner

Brian Howell
Colorado Buffaloes beat writer

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