Just look at it though!
This Michigan beer chair is a game changer. And nothing speaks to our Michigan pride like sitting in a chair shaped like Michigan, drinking a beer. It has generated nearly 9.9 million views and nearly 200,000 shares in the four months since he posted the video. He estimates that the video garnered around 40 million more views than just on the Facebook video.
Matt Thompson of Thompson Woodworks, Garden City native, spent over 100 hours on the chair. He based his idea for the “Michigan beer/pop chair” on a similarly built Labatt Blue chair with a dispensing device for your beverage of choice. He knew that it would be popular, but he had no idea how many people would end up seeing his creation.
“I had a feeling that it was going to go viral,” he said. “I thought it would go viral in Michigan. I didn’t realize worldwide it would go crazy,” Thompson said.
Want one of your own, like me? It’ll cost ya. The cedar wood alone cost $400-500, and with 100 skilled hours of labor, there isn’t enough room in anyone’s pocketbook. He, instead, plans on using the beer chair for fundraisers and promotional events. According to USA Today, “one for Life Remodeled, a Detroit-based non-profit that invests in neighborhoods, and a second for World Vision to help raise money for clean water in communities in Africa.”
His next project is a wine chair, complete with pulleys and strings, though he is secretive about the details.
“The most important thing is something you wouldn’t expect,” he said. “And I can’t give that away because if you see it coming it won’t be that exciting,” he added mysteriously.
This is the beer chair from Thompson Woodworks in action. Perfect for your Michigan-made Faygo or Vernors.
What do you think of the chair? How do you think his next creation will be different from his first? Let us know in the comments below.