Dad Left Son $10 Before Dying So He Could Buy His First ‘Legal’ Beer

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman hit a major milestone Sunday when he turned 21. The night before, his family had a small, emotional celebration.

One man in Massachusetts had his first-ever legal drink on Sunday. While his father had died six years ago, that didn’t stop him from buying his son his first beer.

When Matt Goodman was just 15 years old, his father died from cancer, reports said. However, before passing, Matt’s father gave his sister a $10 bill, telling her to use the money on Matt’s 21st birthday to buy him his first beer.

“I know the hardest thing for my dad was the things he was going to miss out on,” Casey Goodman, Matt’s sister, told the news outlet. “Anyone who knew my dad knew he was this goofy, larger-than-life of-the-party guy, and my little brother was his entire world.”

Matt’s mother and sister held on to the bill for six years until Matt’s 21st birthday, where he used it to do what his father wanted. 

Matt shared photos of the $10 bill and the beer he bought with it, a Bud Light, which was also his father’s favorite, saying, “Almost 6 years ago before my dad passed he gave my sister this $10 bill to give to me on my 21st birthday so he could buy me my first beer, cheers pops having this one for you!”

Since posting it, Matt’s tweet has gone viral, with even Budweiser noticing the Tweet, responding, “We’re raising one to your pops, Matt. He got your first beer, and the next one’s on us.”

According to Matt’s follow-up post, the beer company followed through with its promise and sent Matt several cases of beer.