In a world where society is constantly telling you who you should be – Lincoln’s Beard Brewing encourages you to “FEEL FREE TO BE FREE”. I mean this literally, they legit have a sign hung up on their wall, that says just that! Their famous hashtag #WeirdAtTheBeard has a much deeper meaning. Most of the time, when someone doesn’t understand someone else, they automatically think that person is weird. Honestly, sometimes … And especially in the case of Lincoln’s Beard Brewing, weird, is awesome!
John Falco, owner and master brewer at Lincoln’s Beard Brewing once lived the military life. Having worked in the intelligence department behind a computer day in and night, he grew tired of structure. Not that there is anything wrong with structure but some of us aren’t meant to be tamed. Some of us, like Falco, make bigger dents in the world when we are free. It wasn’t until 2013 when Falco decided that he wanted to spontaneously open a brewery. For years he home brewed as a hobby. He quickly realized that with every batch he brewed, happiness was also a byproduct. Aside from freedom, courage is what lights the way in order for you to grow into who you truly want to become. Therefore, Falco grew the courage to asking five friends in becoming investors and I guess they all did not think he was crazy after all … All five friends were in and Lincoln’s Beard Brewing was born in 2015.
The first time I ever came to Lincoln’s I wondered why they named it Lincoln’s Beard. What was so special about that specific name? Aside that John Falco was a military man; there is a story that he holds close to his heart which also represents how freedom and courage is the main theme that surrounds this watering hole. The story goes, that when Abraham Lincoln was just a congressman running for president, he got a letter from an 11 year old girl of the name Grace Bedell. Note, that back in these times, women had no voice and also couldn’t vote. This little girl gets all into the presidency election and for some reason feels the need to write Lincoln a letter with her opinion, to help him win. In these times, Lincoln rocked NO beard, he always had a shaved clean face but young Grace thought that the beard would bring him home with the big win!
The original letter:
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only eleven years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brother’s and part of them will vote for you any way and if you will let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husband’s to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is a going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try and get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chatauque County New York
I must not write any more answer this letter right off
Could it have been pure coincidence that Lincoln’s beard was the reason for him winning the presidency? We will never know but one thing I am certain of, is that when you are in your truest form, you never know who you might inspire. Lincoln definitely was moved by this little girl. He replied to her and grew the beard just for her. Here was this man taking notes from an 11 year old girl. A girl, who didn’t see herself as a gender but as a person with something to say. This girl did not care about rules or structure, she felt free to do as she felt and that is the kind of freedom and courage that is encouraged at Lincoln’s Beard Brewing. When you meet Falco, you can automatically tell that he thinks he’s just some regular guy. In the contrary, in my eyes, his vibes are truly alive. Freedom and courage is what he is made out of. As stated, from his military background, to the Lincoln story he holds close to his heart and his adventurous side to want to open a brewery simply because it is what brought him happiness… He has turned a watering hole that feeds local that same magic that lives inside of him – that FREEDOM AND COURAGE. You’ll always catch Falco bouncing around from serving to mingling and being a local himself during work hours. Why? Because titles to him are nothing. To him, we are all equals and although he makes sure that his clients are well hydrated (with beer of course) he too finds the time to meet and greet everyone that hangs and gets weird at the beard. What fun is it to be the boss if you can’t have fun with your craft? That is exactly how he operates at The Beard.
Aside from the delicious brews served at Lincoln’s Beard Brewing they also currently have Tacos and Tattoos serving out of a food truck. I say currently, because my friends over at The Westchester is working on making The Beard their permanent home. Stay tuned for that! In the meantime, Tacos and Tattoos offers wallet friendly food that is drool worthy! Last time I was here, I munched on their loaded nachos, queso frito (my parents are Nicaraguense so I know what bomb queso frito is), mix of tacos and if you check in on any social media platform, you get a free fried Oreo! WHAT?!
My favorite beer served at Lincoln’s Beard is the Chet Belgian Tripel. That is all you need to know BELGIAN TRIPEL! They make it perfect and honestly, it is my favorite Belgian beer yet! Lincoln’s Beard Brewing usually rotates their beers due to seasonal ones always coming out so I am always doing flights and then picking one I want to keep taking back for the night (if my Chet isn’t on tap). For a Cicerone review on their beers go check out Thisty Samurai Piggy’s post HERE.
So there you have it local Miamians (and tourists wanting the local vibes). Next time you are thirsty for good brews, good food and good vibes COME GET #WEIRDATTHEBEARD! Everyday there is something happening at The Beard. They have Karaoke night every Wednesday and live music Thursday through Saturday. Local popup events are always welcomed AND HELLAH FUN! Last but not least, The Beard is Abraham Lincoln approved too!
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