“Wouldn’t it be cool if….?”
How many great ideas start out that way? An idea that may seem a bit outlandish at first but then the more you talk about it, you start believing that it really isn’t so ridiculous and you vow to make it happen? This is exactly how my latest project came about. It was an idea born of mutual passion for travel, writing, history, booze, and one prominent historical figure…
My friend, Liz Garibay, and I have known each other since high school (read: a very long time). We went our separate ways for college and post-college life, and reconnected in recent years thanks to the almighty Facebook. We learned that, over the years, we developed similar interests and passions. I was always a writer, but I had started blogging and Liz had done the same. We discovered our mutual affinity for craft beer. Liz had become a real, card-carrying historian, while I developed into a self-proclaimed history geek.
Liz and I began talking about how we could merge our common interests and form a collaboration. After a couple of years of discussion, we had our “wouldn’t it be cool if” idea. Admittedly, I was a bit doubtful at first. But the more we talked about it, the more excited we became and I realized that this really could happen! We put the wheels in motion and, soon after, our “wouldn’t it be cool if” idea was becoming “it’s going to be so cool when”.
So, what’s the big idea? Well, it involves travel, history, Abraham Lincoln, and booze. Yes, booze. Liz and I designed a road trip to celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. From his birthplace to final resting place and everything in between, we will be exploring Lincoln’s past and making important connections to present-day alcohol makers and drinkers. We’ll be visiting four breweries and two bourbon makers to draw the connections to Lincoln’s history. By sharing tales of Abe’s past and area history, and connecting it to the story of local beer and drink, we hope to make our nation’s greatest president even more accessible (and interesting) to younger generations. Essentially, we’ll be Drinkin’ With Lincoln.
If you’ve read some of my latest blog entries or seen recent social media posts, you know that my 5-year-old daughter is obsessed with Mr. Lincoln. She is the main reason I’m involved in this project; she has inspired me to creatively pursue my interests and passions. Liz, on the other hand, is all about that Abe and always has been. I stand to only learn from her, as her knowledge is unending.
Here’s a look at our itinerary:
Start. February 12th (Abe’s birthday!): Depart Chicago.
Stop 1. Kentucky. Abe’s birthplace.
Stop 2. Indiana: Abe’s boyhood home.
Stop 3. Illinois: The beginning of Abe’s journey to the White House and also his final resting place.
End. February 17th: Chicago, our hometown and a city that played an important role in Abe’s political career.
I purposely provided few details of our itinerary so you will have to follow the journey in real time via social media to find out exactly where we’re going and what we’re doing. Follow on Twitter (@LoveofLincoln) and Instagram (@fortheloveoflincoln), hashtag #DrinkinLincoln, as well as our individual Facebook pages (mine, The Working Mom’s Travels; and Liz’s, History On Tap). Last but not least, check our new website, FOR THE LOVE OF LINCOLN, dedicated solely to this journey!
This project could not and would not be possible without the support of our partners. I encourage you to follow them on their respective social media channels and patronize their businesses (where applicable).
- Choose Chicago
- Lagunitas Brewing Co.
- Enjoy Illinois
- Ale Syndicate Brewery
- Kentucky Travel and Tourism
- Lakeshore Beverage
- Indiana Office of Tourism Development
- Rolling Meadows Brewery
- Visit Springfield
- National Park Service
- Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
- Against The Grain Brewery
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- Kentucky Guild of Brewers
- Geja’s Cafe
- Tin Man Brewing Co.
- SmartArt Design
- Brewers of Indiana Guild
- Kentucky Bourbon Trail
- Knob Creek Distillery
- Jim Beam
Liz and I are SO excited about this adventure and we hope you are, too! Please follow along as we go Drinkin’ With Lincoln!
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln