It’s Come to This… German Brewers Throw Away Beer During Pandemic Lockdown, Ask Government for Bailout

You know the world is falling apart when German brewers have to pour beer down the drain.

As lockdowns continue and demand remains low, brewers have been forced to throw away unsold beer and have asked the government for financial aid.

German pubs, hotels and restaurants have been closed since November in the country’s second lockdown following the first one earlier last year.

The brewers called on the German government to give beer breweries aid under the country’s programs to help the industry recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Germany’s government has given financial aid to pubs and bars but not breweries.

Brewers’ associations DBB and VPBD wrote in an open letter:

“From week to week, ever more breweries, brewery-owned pubs and wholesalers are facing a threat to their existence through no fault of their own and are threatened by insolvency.”

“The lockdown and the collapse of the draught beer market this created meant breweries lost a large part of their economic foundations overnight.”

Unlike in the U.S., sales of bottled beer for home consumption can’t come close to making up for lost demand at pubs, sporting events, and other public venues in Germany.

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  1. JoeyP

    NOT that I’m for BEER, but . . . why not GIVE it away? MUCH more BUSINESS will come BACK. It’s called Reciprocity – and it WORKS. One Enlightened Patriot. team Trump And His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT going away!).

  2. Joi Juaire-Darfler

    What did America’s wealthiest give away?
    🤔 Oh yes, paying their fair share in taxes? Nope.
    Low interest government loans which were intended for small, private businesses? Nope.
    Cap on Medicare insurance? Nope.
    Stimulus checks? Nope.
    Rescinded pollution controls? Nope.
    The answer – nothing! The wealthiest have become even wealthier since the pandemic, while families struggle for basics.

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