The Bottled Up Podcast, presented by Allen Beverages, is a bi-monthly podcast focused on where the beverage business meets local business by sharing the stories, talents, and business savvy from some of the owners, staff, regulars, and musicians of the best bars, nightclubs, restaurants, music venues, and attractions on the Gulf Coast. Host, Andrew Allen, will sink his teeth into some of his favorite places while uncovers the secret formulas that make these incredible places so popular, heck, some even legendary.
BOTTLED UP EPISODES
EP4: Cheers To Matt Mavar of The Cannery Bar and Grill
On this episode, Andrew talks with Mathew Mavar, the owner of The Cannery Bar and Grill in Woolmarket, MS. Mathew reveals the ins and outs, joys, and challenges of running one of the best live music venues and bars on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Plus, he also shares his family tree origin story of "The Cannery" name, the genius of Elvis, and his best advice on surviving the grind and the secrets to thriving in the bar and restaurant industry.
EP3: Stopping Traffic with Ms. Leisa Culpepper of The Whistle Stop Cafe
On this episode of Bottled Up, Andrew talks with Ms. Leisa Culpepper of the family-owned The Whistle Stop Cafe of Wiggins, Mississippi. Ms. Leisa tells the cafe's origin story and the secret recipe of success for this "good ole" country cooking restaurant whose food is literally known to stop trains and traffic. Plus, we learn how Leisa's "retirement plan" business became a 20 plus year labor of love and how her beloved and departed husband and partner is still a part of the #1 restaurant in Wiggins on TripAdvisor. Described as "comfort food with a twist", one visit to the Whistle Stop and meeting Ms. Leesa and her staff you'll see why they are a community treasure and known for treating all their patrons like family. Big tip: If you happen to make your way to The Whistle Stop Cafe, make sure you try their famous catfish and fried green tomatoes. Enjoy the show!
EP2: Crushing It with Zach Rushing of Outlaw Speedway
The description of "Renaissance Man" gets thrown around a lot these days, but in our humble opinions, today's guest Zach Rushing really fits this lofty title. Zach is not only the owner and operator of Outlaw Speedway in Perkinston, MS; he is also a bonafide YouTube influencer and the creative force behind BBB Outdoors. Plus, he's a no-holds-barred southern motivational entertainer who is selling out venues all over the South.
EP1: The Folk Art of BBQ with Brooke Lewis and Brad Orrison of The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint
Welcome to the first episode of the Bottled Up Podcast; on this episode, host Andrew Allen talks with the brother-and-sister and bonafide BBQ World Championship team of Brooke Lewis and Brad Orrison from The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint. Open since 2001 and located right off I-10 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it has been a magnet for BBQ and music fanatics from all over the country.
MEET ANDREW ALLEN
Andrew Allen started working for Allen Beverages, his family's company, in 1998 when he was a teenager. He started in Vending Department and then started working on trucks and merchandising stores learning the business from the ground up. Andrew graduated from Mississippi State University in 2009 with a degree in Marketing. In 2010 he started his professional career with Allen Beverages as a third generation operator. In a short time, he helped the company receive Pepsi Co Bottler of the year in 2014. This year Allen Beverages celebrates 75 years as the local Pepsi provider on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Andrew currently lives in his hometown of Gulfport, MS with his wife and two daughters.
WHO IS ALLEN BEVERAGES?
Allen Beverages is your local Pepsi provider on the MS Gulf Coast since 1947. Founded in Gulfport, MS by Cleve Allen and named the Spur Bottling Company as a Canada Dry franchise. The first delivery was made in September 1947, one day before a hurricane, and with a fleet of one army surplus truck. Today, Allen Beverages is one of the premier food and beverage companies on the Gulf Coast with a product line of Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Lipton Tea, Dole juices, Sunkist Flavors, Hawaiian Punch, Starbucks, Aquafina Water, Sobe, Gatorade.