The Dark Secrets of Brewster’s ‘Pigeon Milk’
Brewster is finally coming 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 baby”, only instead of “baby” is “Barista bird adult”.
For a significant number of ACNH players, however, this is their first Animal Crossing game, which means they have never met Brewster. And that means they were never offered pigeon milk in their coffee.
Let’s take a step back. Brewster’s name is, of course, a play on “Brew”, as in coffee, and “Rooster”, as in a male chicken. Brewster is not a male chicken, however – he is, according to the Animal Crossing wiki, a Blue Rock Dove, which is the fancy name for your standard urban bog variety pigeon. You know this one: the gray-headed guy who is swooping down on 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 rat brethren because he has facial hair and a bow tie, marking him as a higher class Pigeon. He is not wearing shoes, but he is wearing an apron.
Brewster runs The Roost, which is his café in previous Animal Crossing games, where the music is a sort of sultry living room piano, and the seats are sometimes filled with visiting villagers and even special characters like Tom Nook and Resetti. There is a whole mini-game in New Leaf, in which the player can take a part-time job serving coffee in a special uniform, with a reward of coffee beans for doing well.
But the best part of Brewster’s existence is a rare event. Coffee is his primary means of communicating with people, you see, and he’s pretty taciturn otherwise – but every now and then he’ll give you a shot of pigeon’s milk to put in your coffee.
It’s easy to assume that pigeon milk is just a fun Animal Crossing joke because sure pigeons have no milk. They are birds, not mammals. They don’t even have nipples! But it turns out that this pigeon’s milk may be Brewster’s special way of saying it love you.
You probably already knew that birds regurgitate their food to feed their babies, but did you know it’s actually called “crop milk”? It is a secretion that comes from the lining of their digestive tract, and in pigeons and doves it is called “pigeon’s milk”. When these birds eat food, some of it is stored in a small pocket in their throat, which they can then swallow at will to feed their loved ones.
You may think that you are definitely not want pigeon’s milk in your coffee – and especially not after reading Wikipedia’s description as “a semi-solid substance much like pale yellow cottage cheese” – but what if that was a sign of Brewster’s affection? After all, harvest milk only occurs when a bird has babies, implying that Brewster sees himself as a somewhat feathery father figure. Alternatively, it tries to supplement your diet, as pigeon’s milk is high in protein, fat and antibodies.
Either way, The Roost is coming to Animal Crossing, which means Brewster’s cottage cheese secretions are coming as well. You have been warned.