A centenarian beer lover and military veteran who credits one particular brand of American-owned beer for keeping him alive for over a century has just received the surprise of his life.
According to World War II Air Force veteran Andrew E. Slavonic, who just turned 101 on Dec. 1, the secret to his longevity lies in beer. Particularly the delicious beer produced by MillerCoors.
Speaking with Fox News early last week, Slavonic son, Bob, explained that his father has drunk one Coors Light beer every single afternoon for the past 15 to 20 years.
“Around 4:00 p.m., he tells me that it is 4:00 p.m., and it is time for our beer,” he said. “He gets his Coors Light from the garage beer fridge and enjoys a nice cold one. The bluer the mountains are on the can, the better.”
When the folks at MillerCoors heard about the veteran’s enduring love for their beer, they decided to surprise him with a Coors Light-branded fridge full of Coors Lights, as well as hats, pullovers, sweatshirts and even a trip to their headquarters in Colorado.
And it just so happens that the lucky hosts of “Fox & Friends” got the honor of letting him know about their surprise early Sunday morning.
“On behalf of the entire Coors Light family, we wanted to wish you a Happy 101st Birthday,” the brewing company reportedly wrote in a letter to Slavonic. “We wanted to personally thank you for your years of service and being a lifelong fan of Coors Light. We completely agree with your son’s statement — ‘The bluer the mountains are on the can, the better.'”
What remained unanswered though was why, of all the various types of beer available in America (from Miller Light to Bud Light to Corona, Guinness, etc.), had Slavonic chosen Coors Light?
“Well, I tried several other beers, but they just didn’t really feel like the right one,” he himself explained to the “Fox & Friends” hosts. “So I came across Coors Light with its flavor, and I really enjoyed it. And I’ve been drinking it for the last 15, 20 years.”
But there’s a catch. It turns out this veteran doesn’t always drink just one beer.
“We would drink more than one a day. Sometimes we have two. Sometimes we have three. We gotta have that one at four o’clock though. That’s the most important one,” he explained.
Given everything he’s endured in his life, it seems fair to assume he knows what he’s talking about. He served as a nose gunner on the B24 Liberator and top turret gunner on the B17 Flying Fortress.
“He also trained new pilots that were transitioning from 2-engine to 4-engine planes during the war. And he still tries to be as independent as possible,” Fox reported.
Bob told the outlet that his father moved in with him in 2016 after he contracted macular degeneration, not that the vision-related disorder has stopped him from living life to the fullest.
“He gets up at 8:30 every day and gets dressed and goes into the kitchen ready to cook his own breakfast,” Bob said. “Later, after he makes his own lunch, he goes into his home office and reads through the daily newspaper.”
Good for him.
Slavonic is among a growing number of centenarians who credit certain drinks or foods for their longevity. A few months ago Clotilda Kort, 100, credited her longevity to Miller 64, a beer also produced by MillerCoors. And last spring Matilda Curcia, 100, credited her long life to beer and potato chips.
It’s almost as if beer is some sort of fountain of youth.
I bet he’d live longer if he drank some beer with that. #thefountainofyouth
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Beer is apparently the fountain of youth.
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Who knew Beer was the fountain of youth!
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— CNBC (@CNBC) April 16, 2015
Correction: It’s like beer is the fountain of youth and beauty.
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