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A hiker stumbled across a stream that reeked of beer. The alcohol content was 1.2%, tests found.

As a man hiked last month through lush terrain in Waipio, a town on Hawaii’s Oahu island, a pungent stench suddenly wafted past him. It smelled like alcohol, and it was coming from a nearby stream that was about 120 feet below a freeway.

As a man hiked last month through lush terrain in Waipio, a town on Hawaii’s Oahu island, a pungent stench suddenly wafted past him. It smelled like alcohol, and it was coming from a nearby stream that was about 120 feet below a freeway, the Washington Post reports.

Concerned about the possible environmental implications, he contacted Carroll Cox, a local activist and advocate who runs the nonprofit EnviroWatch.

“He described the smell as being horrific,” Cox said in an interview with The Washington Post.

He and a few colleagues visited the scene soon after and noticed that a storm drain that poked out from underneath the freeway expelled the water down a cliff and into the stream. On the other side of the busy street was a warehouse for one of the state’s largest distributors of alcohol and liquor, he said.

Cox reported the findings to government officials, who identified the source as Paradise Beverages, according to emails reviewed by The Post.

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