Jim Kasten is the new owner of a dive bar in Shawano.
The former dairy industry executive won the backyard bar in last month’s Miller High Life dive bar giveaway. How’s your 2020?
The bar is actually a glorified shed designed to look like a “dive bar.”
Kasten, 79, was the winner out of more than 100,000 entries in the contest. Of those entries, 20,000 were from Wisconsin.
The bar isn’t really in Kasten’s backyard. Kasten lives on the Wolf River and there’s a slope and woods in his yard so construction was transferred to his daughter’s property near Shawano Lake.
“All the friends are wondering when the parties are going to begin,” Kasten said.
His daughter and granddaughter encouraged him to enter the contest. Kasten agreed.
“I’ve been drinking Miller High Life for a lot of years,” he said. “I remember when they were major sponsors of the Braves.
Kasten watched a crew put the bar up.
“Inside there’s a tap and there’s a popcorn-making cart which is really kind of neat,” he said. The bar also came with a $200 gift card for Miller products and a dartboard.
But is it really a dive bar? It will be.
“There are no dollar bills hanging on the ceiling yet,” Kasten said.
The prize is estimated to be worth about $10,000.
The dive bar is set up by the fire pit at his daughter’s home but he said real use of the bar likely won’t happen until next summer.