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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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Aug 18, 2022

Big show this week! We start off with our thoughts on the MLB standings as things sit right now. It's really a 3 team race in the National League and 2 in the American League to us right now but see if you agree. 

Then a huge interview at 21:30 with Ivan Saldana, one of the co-founders of Casa Lumbre Spirits. This stuff is awesome. All locally sourced products from Mexico and California. Amazing flavors and a variety of spirits including corn whiskey and gins along with others. This was a great time at Tales of the Cocktail talking with Ivan. 

After that we get into some college football news to wrap it up. We will talk about the chance of expanding playoffs, breaking off from the NCAA, and the state of the sport in general. 

For more on Casa Lumbre check out their site at https://www.casalumbre.com/

Thanks for listening! 

Aug 11, 2022

It's been quite a layoff and quite a two year stretch for everyone. We missed the show and bringing you stories from the spirits world and talking sports so we are finally back. Season 7 kicks off with Matt and Hank getting back into the swing of things with a brief discussion of the state of college football. We'll talk more on that in the coming weeks. 

But we start back up with content from the recently completed Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. We got to sit down with the creators of De Nada Tequila and learn what make their product so special. Catch that interview at 23:30.  

After that we wrap it up with some streaming tv analysis and pop culture from Matt. As always check out our website at www.sportspiritshow.com for the latest shows. 

You can find more about De Nada tequila at https://www.denadatequila.com/

Thanks for listening! 

Feb 4, 2021

We are back with our Super Bowl preview edition! It is so nice to be back with you making shows again after our schedule got thrown off the past few months. We are back in a big way this week though leading up to the Super Bowl. 

We start with our buddy Raphael Esparza at 9:00 minutes to break down the sports betting angle. This guy is always loaded with info plus a ton of prop bets for the game. 

Then after we make our picks at the 47:00 mark we are joined by Lynnette Marrero. She's a master mixologist and bartender who has partnered with Teremana Tequila to bring you some fantastic cocktails for your Super Bowl Party. See the recipes below. 

As always thanks for listening and don't forget to tell your friends! 

Tampa Bay Pirate Party
2 oz Teremana Blanco
.75 oz Lime Juice
.75 oz Orange Juice
.5 oz Passion Fruit Syrup 
.25 oz Grenadine
Shake all ingredients and dump into a Hurricane Glass. Garnish with half the discarded lime shell, smoking cinnamon stick & a pirate flag! 

Kansas City BBQ Sour
2 oz Teremana Reposado
1 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Cloudy Apple Juice 
.25 oz Maple Syrup 
1 healthy tsp Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce
Shake and strain into a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with lemon wheel, apple fan & cracked pepper. Serve on the side of your choice of BBQ meal! 

Mar 6, 2020

We are just a week away from the New Orleans Bourbon Festival! Join us as we talk with founder Tracy Napolitano on how much it has grown and what you can expect this year. It's amazing in year number 4 where this has gone. 

Plus we will have some early March Madness thoughts. 

Get info and tickets at: http://www.neworleansbourbonfestival.com/

 

Feb 13, 2020

Big show this week as we get ready for the start of NASCAR with the upcoming Daytona 500. Plus some new rules for baseball this year. We discuss the headliner about pitchers.

After that we bring in Tracie Franklin (https://www.instagram.com/spirited_tracie/?hl=en) of Glenfiddich. Always fun to catch up with her at Tales of the Cocktail. We talk about a lot, including their scotch Fire and Cane. 

Feb 6, 2020

Great interview this week! One of our favorite products out there. We sit down with Neil Strachan of The Balvenie. This is from Tales of the Cocktail a few months back but some great info on some new whisky they have out. A little different from what you're used too. That comes after a brief Super Bowl Recap. 

Thanks for listening! 

Jan 30, 2020

It's Super Bowl weekend! We are back with our latest show to get you set for the game and surrounding fun. We'll give you our thoughts on the game and make our picks. Then bring in Raphael Esparza at 28:00 for all the betting insights you need. Then at 43:00 we talk with Chef Isaac Toups and the NFL's Party with a Purpose. 

Dec 5, 2019

Back with a big show this week. Great interview from Tales of the Cocktail with Edoardo Branca of Fernet Branca. Then our analysis of college football conference championship weekend and playoff scenarios. Plus NFL thoughts, random Star Wars discussion, and the usual shenanigans. 

Nov 21, 2019

We back! After a hiatus due to various life circumstances Hank and Matt are back with a new show. After a quick re-introduction we go right to our feature spirit of the week, Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey. 

It's a brand we weren't too familiar with but it is great. We sit down with Philip Duff, Brand Ambassador, at Tales of the Cocktail to learn more. 

After that we're talking NCAA and NFL football. Just a couple weeks left in college, get our thoughts on the playoff standings. 

Sep 26, 2019

Big show this week as we finish up our tasting and discussion with Don Q Rum Global Ambassador Alexx Mouzouris. Such a great time with him at Tales of the Cocktail. 

After that we will give some early thoughts on the MLB playoffs, then the upcoming weekend of college and NFL football! 

Sep 19, 2019

We're back! After a brief hiatus thanks to Matt's many travels the show is back this week. We continue our Tales of the Cocktail content with some great stuff from Don Q Rum. Global Ambassador Alexx Mouzouris tells us all about the brand and walks us through the many different offerings. 

Plus we'll talk about MLB and NFL as we roll to the end of September. 

Thanks for listening! 

Aug 29, 2019

Big show this week! What happens when you combine Metallica music, whiskey, and one of the best master distillers out there? Blackened Whiskey. It's really good, and the story of how it's made is even better. We talk with Rob Dietrich about the project and what makes it special. 

After that we talk about the first weekend of college football. It's so good to say that! 

Aug 8, 2019

Nathan joins Hank this week as Matt continues his west coast road trip. We have a great interview off the top of the show just a couple minutes in. Vance Henderson of Monkey Shoulder Whisky joins us to talk about the product and his background becoming a brand ambassador. Hank gets his first taste of the blended whisky as well. That's from Tales of the Cocktail. 

After that Nathan and Hank talk some MLB standings and who we like going forward, early season college football rankings, and NFL training camp news and thoughts.  

Aug 1, 2019

We have a great interview for you this week! Woodford Reserve's Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall joins us to talk about their new release, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey. This stuff tastes fantastic and we were one of the firsts to try it at Tales of the Cocktail. Get all the details about it plus hear her story of getting to where she is today. 

After that we will dip in to some thoughts on the MLB trade deadline moves. The Astros seem like the winners, but who else impressed us? Plus Adam Aikens joins us and gives his playoff thoughts.

Review: Woodford Wheat is a really enjoyable whiskey. At 52% wheat you still get the complexity of the other grains when you taste it. Just enough rye to add a little spice. You pick up on the fruits, but also some vanilla and caramel. The aroma is heavy with bananas. We recommend this if you come across it. 

Rating: 9.5/10 

Jul 25, 2019

Matt and Hank are back after a bit of a summer layoff. We start our Tales of the Cocktail coverage this year talking pisco (info below). Dänny Ronen stops by for a tasting and a ton of information. After that we discuss some MLB standings and give our thoughts on the start of NFL training camp. Don't forget, use promo code NOLA at Shaker and Spoon for a $10 discount!!! 

* Peru’s national spirit

* It is made from only 8 grape varietals.

* There are three variants of Pisco: puro (single grape expression), acholado (blend of two or more grapes), and Mosto Verde (a style in which the juice of the pressed grapes is partially fermented).

* The Denomination of Origin it carries dictates that this grape-based brandy/grape-based distillate (like an unaged cognac) is distilled to proof with NOTHING added -- no water, no color, no wood aging.

* Pisco doesn’t age, it rests, in non-reactive vessels.

* About 8 lbs of grapes go into making a Puro or Acholado -- it takes 18 lbs of grapes to make a Mosto Verde style Pisco.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH PISCO?

* Make craft cocktail bar drinks in your own home with the Shaker & Spoon cocktail kit (www.shakerandspoon.com) -- use our special code Nola by July 31st and get $10 off the one box or even a whole subscription -- all you need is Shaker & Spoon's upcoming August "Pisco Fever" box, plus one 750mL bottle of Pisco, and you can create a 12-cocktail party (consisting of three different drinks from three different bartenders, including one from right here in NOLA)!

* Try a Chilcano -- delivers the Deep South/South American connection. The Chilcano is one of Peru’s four pillar cocktails and the South American cousin of a whiskey ginger (aka horse’s neck) -- it's a classic Highball, easy to make, just Pisco + ginger beer or ginger ale, splash of lime and a dash of bitters (Angostura or Amargo Chuncho if you can get them). 

IF YOU MISSED THE PISCOTARIAN 2.0 EVENT AT TALES OF THE COCKTAIL...

...you can recreate one of the cocktails featured that day -- this one is by Tony Abou-Ganim (aka The Modern Mixologist) from Libertine Social in the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

2019 Passion Punch

1 1/2 oz Pisco 100 Acholado

1/2 oz heavy-dark rum

1 oz passion fruit puree

2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1 oz organic agave syrup

2 dashes Angostura orange bitters

Pinch of ground nutmeg, garnish with orange and lemon slices, FILTHY black cherry, and a mint sprig.

 To follow the Trade Commission of Peru in Miami, Hashtags/handles are

#SpiritofPeru #PiscoisPeru #Piscotarian #PiscoNights @peru.trade

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