On Friday, Matt travelled down I-71 for a weekend full of bourbon, golf spectating, more bourbon and…umm…I’m forgetting something…oh right: Bourbon!

Together, we (hereafter referred to as the Modern Thirst Brain Trust), spent half the week braving the seas of mud and monsoon-like downpours at Valhalla watching the PGA Championship and the rest at my bar sampling the best bourbons and ryes the Modern Thirst compound has to offer.

If this photo doesn’t adequately portray the awesomeness that is 2 inches of rain per day for 4 days combined with 250,000 spectators, then nothing will. This is the entrance to one of the restroom areas (aka: port-a-pot enclosure) and I’m about 75% sure that’s mud surrounding the entrance:


PGA Champ Restrooms


Cell phone photos of the actual event were banned by the PGA.  I have no comment on the source of these photos:

PGA Championship

PGA Champ Fowler on 6

When not being thoroughly soaked by torrential downpours or baked by humid August afternoons at Valhalla Golf Club or trying to figure out how Matt would get back to Cincinnati with no car, Matt and I took the opportunity to conduct a lot of joint tastings. And yes, finally, the long-awaited Elijah Craig Barrel Proof tasting has been completed, and I’ll be writing it up in the next day or so. My liver was glad the weekend finally came to an end.

ECBP Label Closeup

Last, Matt was lucky enough to locate and purchase 3 used barrels in great condition that once held Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year bourbon. He’ll be using two of them to build a bar in the Modern Thirst Compound North and snagged the third for me to include in the Louisville branch of the Modern Thirst Compound as a bar table. We’ll show the results of both builds (assuming they aren’t embarrassingly bad).

ORVW Barrels

ORVW Barrel Head


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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and the President and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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