Thursday, March 12, 2009

One Good Beer Deserves Another

So why is it that 10,000 Munich brewers walked out of work during a four hour warning strike? For more money, of course. The Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten (NGG) put down their tools recently, as they have been asking for a 6% pay raise, but had only been offered 1.7% I haven’t seen any updates to this story, but I think with the down economy it’s difficult to demand raises, especially with fewer tourists coming to Munich and drinking all that beer. Perhaps the locals are picking up the slack. Beer consumption in Germany averages more than 130 litres per year per person. With 7 original breweries in Munich, producing more than 22M hectoliters, I think we’re safe for a little while.

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