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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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


Apr 26, 2017

Another packed show today as we roll through April. First off thank you to everyone who listens and we appreciate you spreading the word. 

Matt and Hank start off talking NFL draft. Do we think Myles Garrett should be the overall number 1? Plus who are some sleepers we think could make an impact.

After that it's down to New Orleans for the Zurich Classic. Team play on the PGA tour for the first time since 1981. We'll get all the info on the tournament as well as from the beverage side and what's hot right now in the spirits world. Hint: whiskey.

We come back talking NBA playoffs, our thoughts on the career and retirement of Dale Jr. from NASCAR, and the latest headlines in the world of Major League Baseball in our Jump Ball segment.

Today's guests:

Steve Worthy
CEO Fore!Kids Foundation

Fred Holley
Republic National Distributing 

Apr 19, 2017

Big show this week as we head through the month of April. Matt and Hank are here to bring you their thoughts on the NBA and NHL playoffs as the opening rounds continue. What are the surprises and memorable moments so far. 

After that it's on to Louisville, Kentucky. Just a couple of weeks away from the Derby we talk to Mint Julep Tours to give you some travel ideas and ways to see the area if you're in town for the race or the upcoming months. 

Stay with us because we have a great interview right after that with Thomas Allen Pauly who is the man behind the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle label. He was also the official artist of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Then we look ahead to the weekend in NASCAR, plus talk about the young Major League Baseball season. We'll wrap up with a look ahead to next week's Zurich Classic on the PGA tour with a brand new first of its kind format. 

This week's guests are: 

Chasta Feller
Sales Coordinator and Fun Enthusiast
Mint Julep Tours

Thomas Allen Pauly
Equine Artist


Apr 13, 2017

Episode 30! Matt and Hank give their thoughts on the Masters and Sergio's big win, followed by some NASCAR talk and where things stand heading into Easter weekend. Plus a story of how Matt ended up with part of Richard Petty's engine block. 

After that we take you to the Emerald Coast of Florida to talk about the Sandestin Wine Festival April 20-23. Get all the info in our interview with Julie Stuckey. 

Then we dip into the NBA playoffs followed by a look at the new NHL playoff format. 

As always thanks for listening! 

Today's Guest: 

Julie Stuckey
Events Manager - Village of Baytowne Wharf


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


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

And for a list of bourbons in the tastings go to

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 

Tracy Napolitano
Founder - New Orleans Bourbon Fest

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

Steve Wilshire
Louisiana Sales Manager
Heaven Hill Brands



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.


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. 

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