Bourbon Classic 2018 is in the books!  Once again, ModernThirst teamed up with friends from StraightUp615, The Ginny Tonic Hour, Bourbon & Banter, Sips Suds & Smokes, and Four Roses to record THE BIG PODCAST on location at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts before Saturday’s main events.  We recap some really cool visits to a cooperage and lots of distilleries, a 45 year old bourbon, plus talk about the Bourbon Classic and the bourbon industry for 2018.

Check it out! (also available on your favorite podcast channel)


Music: Chasin’ It by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

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

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