Author: Bill

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

It’s January 13th, with marks the 15th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s second retirement from the NBA. In honor of #23’s second special day,  raise a Glass of one of Chicago’s better known brews,  also one of my favorites: Goose Island 312. Describe as an “urban wheat”  beer, this beer is crisp and refreshing with that wheat sweetness throughout. . 

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What are the necessities for a good home bourbon bar? It’s no secret, we’re witnessing an explosive boom in the growth and popularity of American Whiskey, and that boom is being led by Kentucky Bourbon.  Bourbon sales increased almost 12% in 2012, and bourbon has become the hottest new “it” liquor worldwide.  It’s so popular that distillers are struggling to keep up with demand. A worldwide boom has local implications for a lot of us, particularly when stocking a home bar.  Many of the most popular high-end bourbons are difficult to find and rising in cost yearly.  But there are…

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Need a reason to have a drink today? Let the Daily Toast inspire you to raise a glass! January 9th isn’t a particularly exciting day on world history, so I had to work for this one. On this date in 1905, the first shots of the Russian Revolution were fired against the Czar in St. Petersburg. So I’m tempted to say you should pour a shot of vodka and toast your comrades. But it’s hard to find a real positive in that. So instead, let’s recognize that in 1788, Connecticut officially became the 5th state in the union. Looking over…

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