A man walked into a small Irish pub and ordered three beers. Bartender was surprised, but he served that man three beers. One hour later the man ordered three beers again.
The next day the same story happens, the man orders three beers and drinks quietly at a table. This repeats several times and shortly after all the town is whispering about that man, who is ordering three beers at once. Couple of weeks later, the bartender decides to clear this out and inquires: „I do not want tot pry, but could you explain, why do you order three beers all the time?“. The man replied: „It seems strange, isn‘t it? You see, my two brothers live abroad at the moment, one – in France and another – in Italy. We have made an agreement, that every time we go to pub each of us would order extra two beers and it will help keeping up the family bond“.
Soon all the town have heard about the man‘s answer and liked it a lot. The man became a local celebrity, residents of the town were telling this story to newcomers or tourists and even invited them to that pub to look at Three Beer Man.
However, one day the man came to pub and ordered only two beers, not three as usual. The bartender served him with bad feeling. All that evening the man orders and drinks only two beers. The very next day all the town is talking about these news, some people pray for the soul of one of the brothers, others quietly grieve.
When the man comes to pub the next time and orders two beers again, the bartender asks him: „I would like to offer condolences to you, due to the death of your dear brother..“ The man considers this for a moment and then replies: „Oh, you are probably surprised that I order only two beers now? Well, my two brothers are alive and well.. It‘s just because I, myself, made a decision to give up drinking…“