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The Dark Secrets Of Brewster’s ‘Pigeon Milk’


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Finally, Brewster has come to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Players have been asking/demanding Brewster for ages, like this clip from The Mandalorian where Werner Herzog says ‘I would like to see the child’, only instead of ‘baby’, it is the ‘adult bird barista’.

For a large number of ACNH players, this is their first Animal Crossing game – which means they’ve never met Brewster. This means that pigeon milk was not offered to them in their coffee.

Let’s step back a little. The name Brewster is clearly a play on “Brew,” as in coffee, and “Rooster,” as in mention of chicken. Brewster is Not A male hen, though — is, according to the Animal Crossing wiki, Blue Rock Dove, which is the fancy name for your urban variety pigeon. You know the one: the gray head-bobbing man who has plagued parks and cafes around the world. This is the guy you want to make your coffee, right?

Of course, Brewster is high above his flying siblings because he has gorgeous facial hair and a bow tie, which refers to him as upper class pigeon. He does not wear shoes, but wears an apron.

Brewster runs The Roost, his café in previous Animal Crossing games, where the music is a kind of lounge piano thriller, and the seats are sometimes filled with visitors from villagers and even special characters like Tom Nook and Resetti. There is a whole mini-game in New Leaf, where the player can take a part-time job serving coffee in a special uniform, with a reward of coffee beans for their good performance.

But the best part about having a Brewster is that it is rare. Coffee is his main way of communicating with people, look, and he’s a little talkative otherwise – but every now and then, he’ll offer you a dose of pigeon milk to put in your coffee.

Fun fact: Brewster's birthday is October 15th... which is the date of the Animal Crossing Direct as we'll hear more about The Roost
Fun fact: Brewster’s birthday is October 15th… which is the date of the Animal Crossing Direct as we’ll hear more about The Roost (Photo: Nintendo)

It’s easy to assume pigeon milk is just a joke for crossing animals, because naturally Pigeons have no milk. They are birds, not mammals. They don’t even have nipples! But, as it turns out, this pigeon milk might be Brewster’s own way of saying it Likes You are.

You may already know that birds regurgitate their own food to feed their babies, but did you know that it is actually called “crop milk”? It is a secretion that comes from the lining of the digestive system, and in pigeons and pigeons it is known as “pigeon milk”. When these birds eat the food, part of it is stored in a small pouch in their throat, and they can then eat the food at will as food for their nearest and dearest.

You might think you sure don’t You want pigeon milk in your coffee—especially after reading Wikipedia’s description of it as “a semi-solid substance like pale yellow cheese”—but what if it’s a sign of Brewster’s affection? Crop milk only occurs when the bird has children, after all, which means Brewster sees himself as a somewhat feathered parenting figure. Instead, try to supplement your diet, as pigeon milk is high in protein, fat, and antibodies.

Either way, The Roost is coming to Animal Crossing, and that means Brewster’s cottage cheese curd is coming, too. You have been warned.

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