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Tucked away in a Wisconsin brewery is a board filled with nearly 400 white dashes. Every time a Commerce Street Brewery customer in Mineral Point purchases a beer for the late actress Betty White, another brand is added to the board.

For the past four years, the pub has let patrons come and buy beers for their friends in advance, Mike Zupke, owner of Commerce Street Brewery, told Fox News Digital.

“They were like, ‘I’m going to buy this person a beer for the next time they come in,’ which is pretty common at Mineral Point,” Zupke said. “And so we started to write names on the board.”

“Beers for Betty” sign at the Commerce Street Brewery in Mineral Point.
(Mike Zupke)

Around the time of her 97th birthday, White’s name made its first appearance.

It all started after Zupke brewed a lager and named it “Blonde Betty” in honor of White’s birthday.

It was a “tribute to our ‘favorite’ golden girl,” Zupke said.

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Suddenly, Zupke said crowds of customers started buying beers for White in the hopes that she would one day come and claim them.

In no time, White had about 40 beers waiting for him.

“They’re hoping that if we buy her enough beers, well, maybe one day she’ll come back,” Zupke said. “Our love for Betty White is truly genuine here.”

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Brewery on Commerce Street at Mineral Point.
(Mike Zupke)

White’s third husband, Allen Ludden, known for hosting the CBS game show “Password”, is from Mineral Point, according to his obituary in the New York Times. After his death from cancer in 1981, Ludden was reportedly buried in Graceland Cemetery in Mineral Point.

According to Zupke, White has traveled to the area several times to visit her late husband’s grave.

“So we always considered her to be one of us, by marriage anyway,” he said.

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Commerce Street Brewery owner Mike Zupke.
(Mike Zupke)

After White died on December 31 at the age of 99, the board began to fill up again.

Now he’s “almost entirely taken over by beers for Betty,” Zupke said.

As of Tuesday, the brewery donated up to 396 beers, which works out to about $ 1,980.

To honor White’s love for animals, Zupke decided the best thing to do was donate the funds to local animal shelters, such as the Iowa County Humane Society.

Zupke said they are still accepting donations until January for what is now known as “Beers for Betty”.

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“It amazes me how many are not from here. They are people from both coasts and everywhere in between,” Zupke said. “It was just remarkable for me.”


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