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An incredible story of love, marriage, and Coors Beer hit the internet by storm after a widowed wife drank a beer to honor her late husband for their 50th-anniversary.
“We met in 1969, I think it was,” said Diane Nesselhuf told Siouxland Proud.
She said she met her husband Ed working at a campground and within a year they fell in love and got engaged on Valentine’s Day. The very next year on Valentine’s Day they got married. It was February 14th, 1971.
“Shortly after we got married, we went to Colorado. That’s where Ed’s family was from,” Diane said.
During the trip, they bought the Coors Beer and decided on that day that they would open it on their 50th-anniversary to celebrate their commitment to one another.
Diane said at the time, “You couldn’t buy Coors anywhere but Colorado. I just remember Ed pulling it out and saying, ‘We’ll drink this at our 50th Anniversary.” And so the countdown began.
They took the can with them everywhere they moved. They went from Wisconsin to Minneapolis, to British Columbia, to Rapid City, to Chamberlain, to Maryland, and back to Vermillion. Their son Ben Nesselhuf says he remembers talking to his father about the can as he was growing up.
“I probably wasn’t 10 my father telling me he assumed it will just turn to sludge. So occasionally I would shake it a little bit just to hear the liquid, flow a little bit,” Ben said.
Ed ended up dying in 2016 after a six-month battle with aggressive lung cancer, just five years before the can was to be opened. So when the big day finally came around, Ben and his mother Diane sat down to open up the Coors Beer can.
“I don’t get excited about much anymore, but I was very excited to open up this beer,” Ben said, “I think I clarified with mom many times that it is really Ok that I open this.”
On February 14th, 2021 they started filming with their cellphone and opened it. You’re not going to believe what they thought after tasting it. Watch them open the can and taste it in the video below to see their reaction.