The premise of this blog – this brand – is and always has been to demonstrate that a working parent, like myself, can still enjoy what she fancies in life, even after having a couple of kids. The main focus has been how I manage to travel, with and without my children, while holding down a full-time job and a family life. That’s not all that I’m about, though, as I learned last year at BlogHouse (I’m not “just a mom”). I’m a traveling mom, yes; but I’m also a mom that savors quality craft beer and liquors. You know those people who get all crazy about wine? Like, some are downright snobby and act as if they can’t live without it? Well, that’s how I am about beer and, more so lately, distilled spirits like bourbon and whiskey.
It may seem to some that parenting and drinking alcohol is a relationship born of necessity. You’ve seen those kids’ shirts, right? “Mommy drinks because I cry too much”? While there are countless parents who rely on that glass (or bottle) of Cabernet to calm them down every night after the kids are in bed, how about those of us who just truly enjoy and can fully appreciate a finely-crafted beverage? I’m not talking about slamming six-packs every night just to get drunk. No, I’m talking about savoring each sip of whatever is in my glass and just relaxing. Like travel, we shouldn’t have to give up our pints or cocktails simply because we have kids now.
As I travel and meet more fascinating people, I’m finding there are other parents that feel the same way I do about sophisticated adult beverages. Furthermore, like wineries, craft breweries and distilleries are becoming travel destinations on their own; for example, Beer City USA (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. I have been known to plan trips based on beer or bourbon (#DrinkinLincoln, anyone?) and it doesn’t make me any less of a parent. I’ve found that there are more parents out there who do the same, and some who even take it a step further by homebrewing or starting their own alcohol-related business. For these reasons, I have decided to start a new section of The Working Mom’s Travels called The Saucy Mom’s Travels. Here, I will highlight my travels that are centered on beer, bourbon, or other spirits; and feature like-minded, “saucy” parents.
I fully hope this will be an interactive endeavor. If you know of a saucy, traveling parent that I should feature, do tell! Suggestions on craft-spirit destinations? Let me hear them!