Not even last night’s historic Chicago Cubs win could convince one dedicated Cubs fan to drink a 32-year-old beer he’s been saving for just this occasion.
On November 3 at 1:02 a.m., a man opened the pull tab of a Coors Banquet he put away after his team lost to the San Diego Padres in the 1984 National League Championship Series. He kept it through the 1989 NLCS loss, the 1998 wild card madness and the teaser years of 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Even after all that time — a man and beer companionship four years older than the average age of a 2016 Cubs player — no one would drink the treasured beer.
“Oh my dear god, it looks like a beer,” someone says in a video posted to Twitter of the historic beer being poured into a cup. He later added the it “smells like hell.”
The man talking in the video was the Banquet-savers son, and it was posted on Twitter with the caption: “my grandpa put this beer in his fridge 32 years ago and said he would open it when the cubs won the world series. today was that day.”
That beer was truly history in a can, but history doesn’t always age so well. The Banquet beer was an off orange color when it was poured into a Cubs mug, and was flat as a Colorado wheat field. Sports can make people crazy, but there are limits. Drinking a 32-year-old beer at least 11,500 days past its “best buy” date turned out to be that limit.
For this Cubs fan, he would do anything for love of the Cubs, but as far as we can tell from the video, he won’t do that.
my grandpa put this beer in his fridge 32 years ago and said he would open it when the cubs won the world series. today was that day. pic.twitter.com/LPsNMQZCpp
— gracejo (@GraceJohnso) November 3, 2016