Do you like animal stories? Here’s one about some pigs.
In Father’s Office’s early days as a draft beer emporium, we caught
all the beer that went down the drain in buckets. An enterprising pig
farmer asked if he could have it for his livestock, and would
periodically drop by and take the swill.
I never got any bacon out of the deal, but I did get the
satisfaction of knowing our stuff was being put a good use. The thought
of pigs somewhere drinking down fresh pure microbrewery draft beer gave
me a glow.
It’s such a good idea that of course it’s done in other civilized
countries as well. Australia springs to mind immediately. In fact the
“Pub in the Paddock” on the isle of Tasmania has taken it a step
further, inviting its patrons to pour watered down bottled beer down
the throats of the pub’s two pet pigs, P.B. and Priscilla.
Sounds like fun for everyone, doesn’t it? The pub’s owner stated
that the pigs seemed to look forward to a couple of beers, and tourists
Animal welfare activists from Choose Cruelty Free have objected to
the practice. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals has investigated the pub’s pigs and says that “unfortunately”
there is nothing cruel about it.
Chalk one up for the home team.