Priscilla is a beer-swilling pig
Pyengana's Pub in the Paddock in Tasmania is training a piglet to drink beer, Australian radio listeners were informed the other day, in a news item we wrongly suspected was a delayed April Fool story.
"The pub is world-famous for its beer-drinking pig, called Priscilla, who can scull [gulp] a watered-down stubby [375 ml (12.5 oz) bottle of beer] in seven seconds," said the news reader. "Priscilla is getting old, so a mischievous successor, Priscilla Babe, is being trained as a replacement. Tourists from all over the world travel to Pyengana just to buy Priscilla a beer."
David Downie, editor of Australianbeers.com has written an amusing story about Pyengana's porcine performer, but, confusingly, the pig he drank with was a boar named Slops, instead of a sow called Priscilla. Here's part of his story:
We asked David whether Slops had changed his name and gender. He replied, "When I visited the pub, Slops was the master and Priscilla was the apprentice. Slops has since died however, with Priscilla taking over."
Tasmania isn't the only island to boast a beer-drinking pig as a tourist draw card. An internet search revealed that half a world away at St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, they have not one (or perhaps two) but six beer-swilling swine.
"The famous beer-drinking pigs of the Montpellier Domino Club, located in the middle of the rain forest on Mahogany Road" reads a promotional webpage (it's probably just a happy coincidence that the first two syllables of Mahogany are Ma Hog).
"The beer the pigs drink is non-alcoholic, but YOU have your choice of a full bar and local food. There's a $1 fee to see the pigs (there's 6 of them), $3 to video them, and you buy their beer. Say hi to Norma the bartender and tell her Ed and Molly from SCUBA sent you."