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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A brewery in Sackville, N.B has created a beer to celebrate the feline

Sackville, N.B. brewery creates beer to celebrate its favorite feline

Key takeaways:

  • When Tobias Paul got Donald from the SPCA in June, he noticed friendlier than most cats.
  • The concept for a beer devoted to Donald began as a joke, but Lavoie noticed that the number of members was swiftly growing.

In June, Tobias Paul observed that Donald was friendlier than most cats when he acquired him from the SPCA.

Donald liked to follow Paul and his partner about the neighborhood like a puppy, so Paul began taking him on walks around the neighborhood.

“Donald doesn’t just follow us about; he’ll follow everybody he comes across home and tries to break into their house.”

“So that behavior started to get noticed in a community like this.”

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Paul resides in the heart of Sackville, near to the university and the city center. This means Donald knows a lot of people with whom he can hang out.

Residents in Sackville began posting about him on social media, fearing he was a stray cat.

Because of the regularity of the reports, Jean-Paul Lavoie decided to start a Facebook group dedicated to Donald’s sightings.

“After a few weeks, it became a bit of a sensation,” he remarked. “Within 24 hours, we had 250 subscribers, and we now have about 800.”

With pandemic fatigue and other things dividing the online community, Lavoie believes focusing on a fuzzy kitty is perfect for bringing people together.

Molly Tomlik, a group member, is quoted in the organization’s description.

“Yes, Donald is a real cat. But isn’t he more than that? A sense of liberation; a sense of belonging; an openness and fearlessness; the belief that everyone is a friend and that everyone is at home.”

Sackville, N.B. brewery creates beer to celebrate its favourite feline
Sackville, N.B. brewery creates beer to celebrate its favourite feline

Growing in popularity on the internet

Anthony Maddalena’s microbrewery, Bagtown Brewing Company, is a regular customer of Lavoie’s.

The concept for a beer devoted to Donald began as a joke, but Lavoie noticed that the number of members was swiftly growing.

“What’s better than getting this small brewery downtown, and if we can get 500 members, maybe we can convince them to develop a beer in honour of Donald,” Lavoie said.

Maddalena didn’t take long to accept the challenge and create a milk stout named Donald.

He started selling the beer on Thursday and expects to run out by the end of the weekend.

“They’ve come out in force and grabbed their fair share of the beer, and it’s been quite good so far.”

Paul’s (and Donald’s) house is just a few feet away from the brewery, and Donald frequently visits customers.

Paul is a little taken aback by the attention, but he sees it as a good thing.

“I’d rather no one knew anything about my cat, but I’m much better knowing that he has a home and is well-cared for.”

Source: Global News

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