Author: Bill

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

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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