Five years ago Whitney Meriwether made an amazing sacrifice. He let the surgeons at the Mayo Clinic split him open, take half his liver and give it to my husband in a procedure known as a living donor liver transplantation. I wrote about the transplant–and many other exciting things–in my memoir (insert shameless plug here).
In other words, Whitney saved John’s life.
I remember driving the two of them home from the hospital after surgery to our little apartment we kept in Rochester, MN during the ordeal and overhearing this conversation (or something like it):
John: Now that we’re out of the hospital, what should we do next?
Whitney: I’ve always wanted to make something, to create something with my hands.
John: You should make vodka!
Maybe that wasn’t the exact words, but you get the gist.
Whitney is a man of his word. Once he sets his sites on something, he’s like a pitbull. He doesn’t let go easily.
Meriwether Distillery is now producing Speakeasy Vodka, and it’s very good. He’s also got a kickstarter campaign going. I encourage you to check it out and support his efforts. Because, after all, vodka is the very best use of a liver. Just saying.
Here’s a little more from their website:
“For this project we are hoping to raise $50,000. This seed money will go to our new distillation equipment and allow us to update and prepare our site for higher production and the addition of three new products to the Speakeasy family in the next twelve months. We appreciate you taking the time to read and thank you for your backing. Please tell anyone and everyone you can think of to check us out. Thanks!”