How an Orland Park man got his own booze brand
By Jacqueline Tortorello firstname.lastname@example.org June 20, 2014 1:08PM
Mike's Hard Lemonade changed its name and Facebook page to celebrate its millionth fan, Paul Siano, of Orland Park.
Updated: July 23, 2014 6:34AM
When Mike’s Hard Lemonade reached its millionth Facebook fan, there was no confetti and balloons. There wasn’t even a cake.
But there was Paul Siano. The Orland Park resident didn’t realize he was No. 1 million till the Canadian company said it would change the name of its flagship adult beverage to Paul’s Hard Lemonade for a day.
“I thought it was a scam but when I found out it really was true my shock and awe went through the roof,” said Siano, an insurance agent and 25-year resident of the southwest suburb.
He won Mike’s Hard samples, T-shirts that say “Paul’s” instead of “Mike’s,” and an honorary day of recognition on Tuesday. The company also created a video about Siano’s day of fame.
“I think it would be pretty cool if it was Paul’s Hard Lemonade forever,” Siano said.
When he “liked” the Mike’s Hard Facebook page, he had no idea there was a contest. Siano’s just lucky like that.
“I told my wife and she said, ‘This would only happen to you,’ ” he said. “It always seems I have weird luck when it comes to prizes and events.”