A nightly sip of single-malt whiskey reportedly helped the oldest woman in Great Britain live to 112 years old, and an afternoon can of Coors Light has apparently worked similar wonders for a 101-year-old veteran from McMurray, Pennsylvania.
The man, Andrew Slavonic, has enjoyed a 4 p.m. can of Coors—which he swapped for Coors Light 15 years ago—every day for decades. His son told Fox News that the afternoon beer, procured from a beer fridge in the garage, is part of his dad’s daily routine, which helps keep him active and motivated: “Around 4:00 p.m., he tells me that it is 4:00 p.m., and it is time for our beer.” That’s the kind of routine you can really build a day around, folks.
Slavonic’s son reached out to MillerCoors about his dad’s beer of choice; the company responded by sending the elder Slavonic, a World War II Air Force veteran, the gift of a CoorsLight-branded beer fridge stocked with his favorite beer, TribLive reports. He also received an invitation to visit the Coors brewery in Golden, Colorado, which is a far trek for a 101-year-old man. But there’s Coors Light at the end of that rainbow, so maybe Slavonic will make the schlep.
This story is sweet in its own way, and it makes me realize how anachronistic it is to be “a Bud man” or “a Coors gal” in 2018. My next-door neighbor, who is a delightfully crotchety former mill worker in his 80s, drinks only Miller Genuine Draft, though I think he’ll grumblingly accept Miller Lite in a pinch. Brewery consolidation, which has spelled the end of certain geographic allegiances to these lagers, coupled with the rise of craft beer and its “adventurous drinker” make those macro lager allegiances mostly a thing of the past. The nostalgic part of me thinks that’s sort of a shame.