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.

At Modern Thirst we don’t want you to be just sitting at home and drinking. To really know and enjoy the fine libations that the modern world has to offer, you need to get out there with the people!  A new part of Modern Thirst will be to help keep you informed of the latest drink related festivals and events to quench your thirst. Since I happen to reside in Cincinnati, I figured I would start this category off with Cincinnati Beer Week.  We are just hours away from the official start of this 3 year old event.  It…

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I’m enjoying one of these on the rocks. It’s another example of the great Single Barrel Selections that KY liquor stores have been offering. I agree with their tasting notes, except don’t confuse heat with alcohol burn. I’ll Be posting a full review next time. Hope you enjoy whatever is in your glass tonight.

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Apparently the wankers across the pond think that giving up drinking in the month of January is just a splendid idea. Dry January is a concept concocted by Campaign by Alcohol Concern in London. Now, if you have a problem with alcohol, I certainly agree that giving up alcohol, not only for the month, but permanently is very much advisable. If you do not fall into that category, I think this is a bunch of bollocks! I like the forward thinking of this article, that argues that giving up alcohol in moderation may do more harm than good.The familiar and very applicable quote of…

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I recently attended a Barrel Aged Beer Bash at Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, OH.  They were some amazing, some rare, and some that were a little bit of a challenge to appreciate.  I intend to post a review of that event, but tonight I am sampling an Oak-aged  beer that was not at that event.  The Burton Baton is not rare, one may say that it is one of the more readily available of the wood aged beers out there.  That does not mean it is for the masses. Dogfish Head (DFH) makes some complex, unapologetic beers, and this one…

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I was able to try Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island today.  It came in a sampler 12 pack along with their IPA and Honkers Ale (two good beers in their own right).  I have been interested in trying this beer, as it is an Limited Release and Goose Island  consistently brews quality craft beers,  even if they are now owned by the Macro of all Macro brewers Anheuser Busch InBev.   The name and the marketing for this beer comes from the soon to be relatively famous hop farm, Elk Mountain Farms in Idaho. Their hops quality and character of…

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[amazon_link asins=’B00H143UXW,B016YPDI3A’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’modernthirstc-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5fd76d64-8352-11e7-b4ba-4ba8c9ca927a’] I was able to pick a bottle of this up at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY (which happens to be the  largest beverage and alcohol store in the U.S.) for $26.  This is part of their Single Barrel Selections, where representatives from the store go to the distillery and pick out barrels to be bottled.  What this means is you end up getting a single barrel version of a whiskey that is normally a small batch or other blend (at the same price!)  This has become more common in liquor stores around Kentucky.  The…

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Led Zeppelin released its self titled debut album in the US on January 17, 1969, Obviously it went on to be a huge success, selling over 10 million copies in the US alone. If you do not own one of those 10 million copies, luckily Spotify recently added the entire Led Zeppelin catalog, and you can listen to Led Zeppelin 1 here. To celebrate the 45th birthday of this legendary debut, there just happens to be a beer with a name inspired by the forth track of this album, Dazed and Confused.  Boulder Beer out of Colorado has an American…

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USA Today had a good article on brewpubs. It’s an interesting read with some great recommendations, but it is by no means a comprehensive list. This may give Modern Thirst some ideas for places to review. Three Floyds would certainly be a good place to start! The article is linked below. Brewpubs offer great beer, good food and local flavor Gary Stoller, USA TODAY (Photo: Martin E. Klimek, USA TODAY)

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Well on this day in 1968, Johnny Cash recorded his legendary live album, At Folsom Prison. This reminds me of a favorite wine, The Prisoner. That is their flagship blend, but all of their wines are worth trying. Here is the description from their website The Prisoner truly is… “one of a kind”. When Dave Phinney (founder) launched the wine in 2003, there really was no other wine like it. Inspired and created by the drinkable “mixed blacks” first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in the Napa Valley, it was innovative and unique. In the late ’90s…

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Well maybe its not a houseplant, but here’s to a great plant…the spice of beer, HOPS!  Go out and celebrate with the hoppiest beer you can find!  I hear the much anticipated 2014 Bell’s Hopslam is starting to hit stores. I have been told by a local beer store that they will have it in stock on 1/22, maybe you will be lucky enough to find it earlier.

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