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 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.



* Make craft cocktail bar drinks in your own home with the Shaker & Spoon cocktail kit ( -- 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... 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

Jun 26, 2019

Big show this week as we sit down with Tripp Stimson, Director of Distillery Operations, of Barrell Bourbon. Great to talk with him about why Barrell is so popular. We get his insight into the bourbon world and whether they plan to distill their own products in the future. 

After that we give our thoughts on the NBA free agency situation plus the MLB standings heading into July. 

May 31, 2019

Exciting time of year in the sports world and this week we bring you a new product in the world of sports hydration. We speak with Anshuman Vohra, Founder of Halo Sport. 

HALO is a premium, certified organic hydration beverage carving a completely new category within the market, no longer requiring consumers to make the adherent choice between taste, nutritional benefit, and calories.

After that we discuss the NBA and NHL playoffs. 

May 24, 2019

Happy Memorial Day! Big sports weekend, especially for race fans. We'll touch on that to start. Plus some thoughts on the NBA and NHL playoffs. Then after some holiday cocktail ideas Matt gives his thoughts on the Game of Thrones finale. Spoiler: he wasn't a fan. 

Smirnoff Red, White, and Berry recipes:

RWB Firecracker Martini (Serves 1)

1.5 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
4.5 oz lemonade
1 oz. Blue Curacao

RWB Frose (Serves 3)

 Red Slush Layer

2 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
1 cup of cherries, quartered
1 cup Rose wine

 White Slush Layer

2 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
2 cups of ice
1 cup lemonade

 Blue Slush Layer

2 cups of ice
2 oz. Blue Curacao
1 cup raspberry lime seltzer water

May 15, 2019

It's a huge week in the entertainment world with the series finale of Game of Thrones. To celebrate we are talking about the Diageo/HBO collaboration of single malt scotch whiskies and Johnnie Walker White Walker. 

A fantastic interview with Rasmus Just, the Diageo Reserve Scotch Ambassador (Instagram: @justscotch). We will break down and sample a couple of the single malts paired with Game of Thrones houses. Plus the Johnnie Walker White Walker blend. 

Then Matt's analysis on how the show will end and what to expect. 

Apr 18, 2019

We're back! After a layoff due to the birth of Hank's twins we are back with the latest episode. Short and easy listening this week as we give you our thoughts on Tiger's win, the NBA and NHL playoffs, NFL draft, and our review of Crown Royal Peach. 

Mar 20, 2019

Our favorite time of year! We talk all things NCAA men's tournament in this week's episode. First we bring in our buddy Raphael Esparza (Twitter: ) to break down the bracket from a Vegas insider standpoint. We also talk about some interesting prop bets and the sports betting world as a whole. 

Then Matt, Nathan, and Hank will give you their picks from the Sweet 16 to the final game. 

Thanks for listening! 

Mar 15, 2019

Huge weekend on the way and one of our favorite times of year. Matt and Hank are back with the latest episode to get you set for St. Patrick's Day! 

We start with an interview with Aaron Ridgeway, beer specialist from St. James’s Gate in Ireland. A really fun time talking Guinness, the holiday, Ireland, and everything you need to know. 

After that it's March Madness time! We'll give our thoughts on the latest bracket projections. And, a huge free agency period in the NFL. What we think about the biggest moves. 

We wrap it up with some beer picks for you to enjoy! 

Feb 15, 2019

Matt and Hank are back as we head into the all-star break in the NBA. Tune in to get Matt's take on what you need to know visiting Charlotte this weekend and their thoughts on the NBA season so far. 

Then a little NFL talk with some key post season moves. 

Hank goes over a couple drink recipes for you plus talks about Oleo Saccharum. Oleo saccharum is simply sugar mingled with the oil that citrus peel releases. It's a great additive for your cocktail. 

After that we wrap it up with some college basketball thoughts. 


Cupid’s Crush

2 (12 oz.) bottles Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Rosé

16 oz. Grapefruit Juice


Orange Blossom

1 ounce orange juice

1 ounce gin

1 our sweet vermouth

Served up with fine sugar on the rim


  The Smirnoff Valentine’s Cosmo

(Makes 1 Cocktail)


·         1 oz Smirnoff No. 21

·         .5 oz Orange Liqueur

·         .5 oz Lime Juice

·         1 oz Cranberry Juice

·         Garnish with Raspberries



In a cocktail shaker, combine Smirnoff No. 21, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice with ice. Shake. Pour into glass and garnish with raspberries.

Jan 31, 2019

Our Super Bowl preview show is here! Hank and Matt are joined by our Vegas insider Raphael Esparza to start the show as we discuss the big game and the bets around it. 

Great insights into the line movements so far as well as some really unique prop bets around the game. 

After that Nathan Moore drops in as the three discuss the game and give their analysis. We also get a look at Nathan's updated craft brewery list. He just hit number 40, so what is the top 10?

As always thanks for listening! 

Jan 17, 2019

Championship Sunday in the NFL is here! Matt and Hank are back to talk about that and whiskey! We start with a review of George Dickel Barrel Select (9.25/10) and their Tabasco finished whiskey (7/10). Get our thoughts on what we like and what we don't. 

After that it's all about NFL Championship Sunday. We think these are two premier match-ups in each conference. We give you our picks and keys to each game. 

Plus the usual banter and fun. As always thanks for listening! 

Jan 4, 2019

Happy New Year! Matt and Hank are back heading into a big weekend of football. A little spirits talk to start off. If you want a great party recipe Hank has what you need with his Brandy Milk Punch. 

After that it's all football. We'll give you our thoughts on each of the 4 NFL Wild Card games this weekend. Unlike last year there is a lot of disagreement on our picks. 

Then we break down the college football final on Monday between Alabama and Clemson. How do we see that one shaping up?

As always thanks for listening. 

Dec 20, 2018

Hank starts this week's show with a discussion on the Orphan Barrel Rhetoric series. The final expression is out, the Rhetoric 25 year. We have info on that. Plus, a review and thoughts on the 23 and 24 year releases of Rhetoric from Orphan Barrel. 

After that Matt joins the show as we discuss the current NFL playoff situation. A lot of great matchups the final two weeks of the season. We'll talk about how we feel about each team in the hunt. 

Plus we talk a little college football and basketball to wrap up the show. Happy Holidays and as always thinks for listening! 

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