Courtesy of Commerce Street Brewery
Every small town should have its dream. And in Mineral Point, Wis., It was a long-held dream that one day Betty White would return to visit.
The local brewery was ready. On her board, which tracks beers that people buy in advance for friends who might show up, White’s name has long been the most popular on the list.
In 2019, more than 40 beers were waiting for her at Commerce Street Brewery in case she stopped by.
The idea may sound bizarre, but White was already at Mineral Point. This is where Allen Ludden, her third (and last) husband, comes from. When Ludden, who hosted a television game show Password, died in 1981, White attended his funeral at Mineral Point.
“We’ve always considered Betty an indicator of marriage in town,” said Mike Zupke, the owner of the brewery and inn.
The brewery even created a beer in White’s honor: Blonde Betty, whom Zupke calls “a tribute to the popular ‘golden girl’ Mineral Point.” It was a way to celebrate White’s 97th birthday. Commerce Street has been repeating this drink since White’s death at the age of 99 on the last day of 2021.
As for the drinks that people bought for White, their number continued to grow and reached more than 110 beers.
Instead of luring a beloved actor and comedian to Mineral Point with the promise of refreshing crunchy beer among admirers, Commerce Street plans to donate money – $ 565 and growing – to one or more local animal shelters called White.
“Once we posted the link so people could buy beers online, beers / gifts kept flowing from all over the country,” Zupke said.
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The idea is similar to #BettyWhiteChallenge, in which fans of White – an outspoken proponent of animal welfare – come together to contribute to their local animal charities on January 17, which would be White’s 100th birthday.
White doesn’t stop at Mineral Point to pick up a glass and make a joke at the bar, but he still has a special place in town.
“Allen Ludden and Betty White are our connection to Hollywood,” Mineral Point Mayor Jason Basting said last week after the come’s death. “It’s a nice place for a small town of 2,600 to have that kind of connection. She’s a legend, isn’t she?”