Author: Matt

Matt is the Co-Founder and Resident Beermeister of ModernThirst.com. He was born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati. From his humble beginnings as a Burger Light and Hudy Delight drinker, he has developed a palate for some of the America’s best beer, bourbon and wine. He has enjoyed visits to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and countless breweries. In 2013 he became more serious about homebrewing, and has hopes to continue to expand his brewing hobby. Matt resides in Cincinnati with his wife and two daughters. Twitter @GaterMatt, email Matt@ModernThirst.com.

You were previously tipped to off the Most Sought After Beers of 2015 here, and one of the brews that I was most interested in acquiring actually came to me.  It turns out that Phil Wymore, Brewmaster and co-founder of Perenial Artisan Ales, is a fan of ModernThirst.  Phil reached out to us and generously offered to send us some of their rare offerings, including the elusive 2014 Barrel Aged Abraxas which is aged in Rittenhouse Rye barrels for 12 months (see our Rittenhouse review here).  The specialties included Barrel Aged Mint Chocolate Stout, Sump, Anniversaria, and 4 happiness We are…

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This is a photo of the lone 2014 KBS in the ModernThirst compound, It looks so lonely, we must find some friends for him. KBS is a rare offering from Founders that comes out in April, and it is a delicious experience that all beer lovers should have.  It comes out in April, so lets see if we can get our hands on some. As Founders themselves describe it: What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful…

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Hopslam: The much anticipated annual Imperial IPA release from Bell’s is hitting stores in many states this week.  This photo is from a 2014 bottle I cellared that I plan on using for a side by side vertical comparison.  Let us know if and where you are getting this holy grail for hopheads.

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So after two weeks of hype, analysis and controversy, Super Bowl Sunday is finally here.  I think we would all prefer to have this game be on a Saturday, so we could really keep the party going without regard to the dreaded Monday morning.  However, with it being on a Sunday, it probably lends itself to more in home parties.  Which, depending on the party may lead to better or worse drink choices than going out to the local bar. Stocking up for this day can be exciting and overwhelming.  We are at the tail end of all of the…

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The catalyst and some may say rock star of the craft beer boom has undeniably been the IPA. Craft beer lovers are always surprised when they are asked such basic questions as “What is an IPA?” and “Why are IPAs so popular?”.  It is true that almost every self respecting brewer has a version of an IPA, now I want to make sure that any self respecting drink connoisseur (ModernThirst reader) knows why.  I will first talk about what an IPA is, and then explain why a simple story, rebellion and a small flower put this beer in millions of…

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I trust that  all of the ModernThirst faithful are enjoying Repeal Week.  I’ve heard lots of good things from The Bourbon Society of Greater Cincinnati about their event on Monday, and continue to hear about great Repeal celebrations around the country.  Most of these celebrations seem to involve bourbon.  And why not? It is our Native Spirit. I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive Repeal Day event hosted by Pappy & Co and Rockfish Interactive at 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab in downtown Cincinnati.  During this event, myself and other local ‘Influencers’ were treated to Van Winkle family…

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Thanks to all veterans for your service.  We are able to do what we do because of you.  I have been holding onto this Semper Fi P.A which is brewed by Buzzards BayBrewing out of Westport, MA. for awhile.  I should have drank it last night for the Marines 239th birthday, but I will have it tonight as I toast all who have served.

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