Good morning, bourbon-o-philes!

January is a good month.  It marks a fresh new year, and gives us the promise of a new beginning.  Named for the Roman god, Janus, the god of new beginnings and transitions (or possibly Juno), January is the month George Washington, noted distiller in his own time, unveiled the first national flag for the United States, and later in the month of January he delivered the first ever State of the Union Address. January 1st, 1863 was the date Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  Scores of famous people claim January birthdays- From Elvis to Richard Nixon to Joan of Arc.  And oh yeah… launched.

January 8th, 2014 was our very first post.  We’ve been online for three great years now, and we are thrilled with our success.  Since that day, three quarters of a million unique individuals have visited our site and viewed its content over 2.5 million times.

We’ve covered beer, whiskey, and booze whenever the mood strikes us, and I think we’ve done an admirable job, particularly with American Whiskey.  But I have long felt that we are missing a big topic that a lot of readers have asked about over the years.  Namely, world whiskeys.  I’m not a particular fan of Scotch or Irish Whiskey, and I haven’t had enough Japanese Whiskey to really speak authoritatively on it.  As a result, I put out a call a month or so ago for anyone interested in doing some writing for ModernThirst.  We had a great response and have already chosen one writer who will join us to cover world whisk(e)ys (and some American Whiskeys).  We had multiple applicants, so we may add another as well.  But for now, let me introduce our newest contributor:

Wesley Jolly
Wes was born and raised in Darlington, South Carolina and attended college at the United States Air Force Academy.  After flying helicopters for the Air Force and teaching at the Air Force Academy, he retired in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, after twenty years of military service.  He now works in public school education, is married with three children, and leads the monthly Proper Pour Whisk(e)y Club.  You can follow him on Twitter @WesModernThirst and e-mail him at

    You’ll start seeing content from Wes soon!  Welcome to the team!




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    About Author

    Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for 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.

    Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville.

    You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at

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