A gift from a flood: free beer

The river gives and the river takes away. Sometimes it gives you free beer.

Someone along the Platte River in Nebraska lost a perfectly good beer fridge. So when Kyle Simpson and his friend Gayland Stouffer were surveying the damage on Simpson’s property in Schuyler, Neb., the other day, they encountered the river’s blessing.

“Hey, it’s a refrigerator,” Stouffer shouted, according to Omaha.com. “And it’s full of beer!”

Oh, not just beer. Cold beer, which is a coincidence because earlier in the day, while they were clearing mud, they saw refrigerators floating down the river and wondered whether there was beer in any of them.

There was Bud Light and Busch in the recovered fridge and ice still in the ice maker. So they grabbed a brew, took pictures, and posted them to Facebook.

Brian Healy, whose family has a cabin in Linwood, Neb., recognized the fridge and the beer.

It had survived a house fire in 2007 and the scorch marks were a dead giveaway. So was the beer brand. Everybody in the family drinks Busch except Brian’s dad.

There’s not much use for it now. The cabin, about four miles upstream, was destroyed in the flood.

When things calm down — Simpson is loading up supplies and non-perishables to donate — Simpson says he’ll deliver the fridge back to its owners … minus a couple of beers.

  • kevins

    Free beer…good. The choices available…not so much.

    • jon

      “Hey, it’s a refrigerator, and it’s full of [a poor substitute for] beer.”

  • Jerry

    “Beer”

  • Never look a gift beer in the can.

    • Rob

      Especially if it’s a Rolling Rock.

  • plund

    Oh come on, the least you can do is replace what you drank plus some

    • Jo Hayan

      When things calm down — Simpson is loading up supplies and non-perishables to donate — Simpson says he’ll deliver the fridge back to its owners… minus a couple of beers.

      — I dunno but I’d say supplies and non-perishables are more valuable that a couple of lousy beers. Just sayin’

      • plund

        I stand corrected. For some reason I didn’t register the non-perishables as going to the fridge people. Thanks

  • Gary F

    I normally don’t drink beer I can see through.
    But after a hard day of flood work, beer is beer. And free beer is free beer.

    • Jeff

      Yes, I might have pitched it back in the river and waited for the next refrigerator.

    • Jerry

      I think it is impossible to get drunk off Busch. You will get tired of drinking it before you ever get intoxicated.

    • Jack Ungerleider

      I think you mean this:
      “But after a hard day of flood work, beer is beer. And free beer is BETTER.” (Of course considering the options maybe not.)

      • Gary F

        No, free “sex in a canoe” beer, is not better than good beer, ever. When you are not given a choice of better beers, free beer is free beer.

  • Rob

    Bear Whizz Beer – it’s what’s for breakfast!

  • That fridge is a SURVIVOR!

  • There was Bud Light and Busch

    Um, that’s not beer.