On September 25, 1986, Minnesota’s best home brew, Summit Beer, was born. It’s not surprising that this momentous event went overlooked at the time.
On September 25, 1986, there were 7 aviation fatalities in the US.
On September 25, 1986, Ferdinand Marcos, the president of the Philipines, went into exile in the US after a 20 year rule and was replaced by Corazon Aquino, who became that country’s first woman president. But you couldn’t have hoisted a nice cold Summit Beer in celebration.
On September 25, 1986, the Minnesota Twins were 65-86 before they lost to the Kansas City Royals, 1-8. Twins pitcher Frank Viola lost to the Royals’ Brent Saberhagen. Roy Smalley went 2 for 5, driving in Randy Bush for the Twins only run. It was Tom Kelly‘s 13th major league game as a head coach. The Twins woud finish 71-91, just edging out the Seattle Mariners for possession of the cellar of the American League’s Western Division. The Twins would win the World Series the following year. But if you’d gone to the game that day at the Metrodome, you couldn’t have ordered a Summit Beer in the third inning.
On September 25, 1986, an 1884-S Barber Head dime was sold for $83,000 in a California coin auction.
The week of September 25, 1986, you could have heard Heuey Lewis & The News singing Stuck With You and Boston singing Amanda. On September 25, 1986, Dean Clean of the Dead Milkmen was in Columbus, Ohio, watching bad movies on HBO and preparing for and playing a gig at Stashe’s. But no one at Stashe’s was drinking Summit Beer.
On September 25, 1986, you could have chosen to see Stand By Me, Top Gun, The Boy Who Could Fly, Karate Kid, Part II, Ruthless People, The Fly, Nothing In Common, Aliens, or Back To School at your local movie theater.
On September 25, 1986, the books on your bedside table could have included It by Stephen King; Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy; Whirlwind by James Clavell; The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum; Hollywood Husbands by Jackie Collins; Fatherhood by Bill Cosby; His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra by Kitty Kelley; The Rotation Diet by Martin Katahn; Word for Word by Andrew A. Rooney; and James Herriot’s Dog Stories by James Herriot.
On September 25, 1985, you would have watched the following shows on TV: The Cosby Show; Family Ties; Cheers; Murder She Wrote; The Golden Girls; Night Court; Growing Pains; Moonlighting; or Who’s the Boss?
In fact, unless you were at Johnny’s Bar on University Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Septebmer 25, 1986, you wouldn’t have been able to have a nice, cold Summit Beer. But fortunately for us Minnesotans, our state’s best craft beer, Summit Beer, is now fairly widely available.