The relationship between donkeys and beer isn't new. All the way back in 1946, a story in the Milwaukee Sentinel tackled the issue. In November of that year, Thomas, a donkey from Cinderford, became a divisive issue in the British town.
'The travels of Thomas, a beer-drinking, bun-eating donkey, became a political issue recently in the English village of Cinderford. Thomas, it seems, thought nothing of making a U-turn in the middle of a block to dun a kindly grocer for a cookie or bun. And if another benefactor hailed him from a pub, Thomas would trot across – regardless of oncoming vehicles – to drink a half-pint of beer … Meanwhile, Thomas grazes at will – on beer and buns – and nobody in Cinderford tries to say neigh.'