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.

The story is forthcoming, but Halloween was a ModernThirst brew day.  With a Galaxy IPA and a Vanilla Bourbon Porter being brewed, we are just a fermentation away fom some tasty brews. For now, enjoy the photos.

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The Stone  Enjoy By Series, is a tribute to, and an in your face reminder to the fact that hops taste best when fresh.  Since 2012, this premier California brewer has been releasing bombers of a Double IPA with a date that they recommend that you Enjoy it By.  The date is in large print, and sometimes corresponds with a relatively significant date.  The first one that I tried was the second installment of this series 12.12.12.  I instantly fell in love with its bold fresh floral hop flavors and aroma. Since then I have been buying into every offering in the series.…

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When life gives you hail….make a rye on the rocks! A small hail storm just moved through the west side of Cincinnati.  A perfect way to chill some Single Barrel old Scout Rye that was distilled a short 15 miles away at Midwest Grain Products. Click here to see our Old Scout Reviews  

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The newest, coolest way to get your beer from the local brewery, is not in a pint glass, or even a growler…it is THE CROWLER! A crowler is a single use quart sized can of beer.  Half the size of a traditional growler, the 32 ounce crowler  starts off as a can without a top.  The taphouse bartender, shoots some CO2 into the empty can to clear the beer enemy oxygen from the can, it is then overfilled with delicious brewery fresh  beer.  The top is then placed on and an old fashioned canning machine which seals it. You can drink…

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See more of The Great Brewery Gallery Staying in southern Maine we head down to the appropriately named SoMe Brewing Company (SOuthern MainE).  SoME is aonther brewery that has popped up in the last year and they are off to a strong start. Situated in the beautiful coastal town of York, they even have a Whoopie Pie Stout that pays homage to Maine’s unofficial desert. Location: 1 York Street Suite York, ME 03909 Hours: Mon – Wed: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Thu – Fri: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sat – Sun: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tastings: YES Growlers: YES…

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In the name of research, we here at ModernThirst are always looking for opportunities to get out there and visit the great breweries that this country has to offer. Not long ago, these opportunities would have been somewhat limited beyond St. Louis and Milwaukee.  Now chances are high that when you are on your next trip to a brewery, you will stumble upon another along the way. The purpose of this post is to highlight the brewing facilities and offerings of the numerous breweries in this country.  From nano, to micro, to macro and the occasional beer bar this collection of…

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After an ambitious start to the Great Brewery Gallery, we head down to southern Maine to a rather unassuming brewery.  In fact, unless a local told you about this place, the only way that you would know it was a brewery was if you happened to be driving down this rural street after 4pm on a Friday and saw the Kinko’s made “Beer” sign.  Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company is  a small 6.5 BBL brewery located on a 20 acre farm in beautiful Lyman, Maine.  They only open on Fridays and they are quickly at standing room only for…

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We are just over a month since we started this ModernThirst Barrel Aging Experiment. And I am happy to report that we have progress!  This tasting was conducted on 7/28/14, just about a month after we barreled our Old Weller Antique 107 in the 1 Liter barrel.  Check out the comparison to the un-aged OWA 107 below. As I pour the tasting out of the barrel,  rich copper liquid was accompanied with bits of real oak (so you know its good). Color: The color of the aged bourbon is new certainly, discernibly darker than the original.  even if the photos still…

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Well we start this series very ambitiously with a fantastic brewery that is a must visit:  The Maine Brewing Company in Freeport, ME. This was a great all around experience, very clean and welcoming tasting room with a window overlooking the brewing operation, some very high quality beer to boot.  Sticking with their slogan.they really “Do What’s Right” Location: 525 US Route 1 Freeport, ME 04032 HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday: 12:00pm – 7pmSunday and Monday: 12:00pm – 5pm Tastings: YES Growlers: NO Bottles to go: YES Tours: NO Be Sure to Try: ‘Another One’ – highly rated IPA http://www.mainebeercompany.com/

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