Here she is, Hilda, the beer-drinking hen: At Jack Ahem’s Hamilton Hotel [Brisbane, Qld] they’ve got hen which drinks beer — and cat which puts hen to bed when it gets ‘clucky’ on grog!
“Hilda the Hen’s” penchant for beer was discovered about two months ago, when U.S. sailor, put beer on ground on backyard and Hilda helped herself.
Since then, she’s seldom missed session and there’s often pot of beer put aside for her.
When she’s completed “guzzle” ginger cat pushes her round corner to nest, where she sleeps off!
– Brisbane Truth Sunday 14 October 1945