La dodo lé la

Everyone’s heard the story of the Dodo bird and how it  met an unfortunate end, but few people know where it once lived.  Ta da! It was a native bird of the Mascarene Archipelago, including Reunion Island and neighboring Mauritius and Rogrigues Islands.

What better way to celebrate an extinct species than name a beer after it?  Thus you drink “Dodo” in the bars and cafes on Reunion, advertised on every wall with the colorful slogan “La dodo lé la” (“the dodo is good”).  It is brewed by a company called Bourbon, which is not trying to fool you by calling its beer a kind of whiskey, but rather using the original name of the island from its early colonial days (Bourbon Island, named after the Bourbon family of France).

Now you know!

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