Munich Addressing Shortage Before Advent of Oktoberfest Celebration

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With the traditional fest kicking off in less than eight days, Munich is working with a crisis for this year’s Oktoberfest–a bottle shortage.

There is plenty of beer, but not enough bottles. Heiner Müller, manager at the Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr breweries, has said that there aren’t enough bottles to supply the fest, and instead, has asked partakers to come with their empties. With a warm summer in Germany and previous beer fests, the city is trying to address the shortage fast. Some breweries are adjusting supply on particular varieties, which means that some drinkers will have to wait for their favorites during the 16-day festival.

More on the shortage can be seen at NBC News.

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4 Responses

  1. Chris

    Not sure how this impacts the festival itself, all of the beer is served in liter mugs.

  2. Daniel McBane - Funny Travel Stories

    Looks like Chris beat me to it, but who drinks from bottles at Oktoberfest? Although, I guess there are plenty of people who feel the need to get drunk before heading to the beer tent or who want to wipe out all vestiges of a memory of the night afterwards.

  3. Curt

    I was wondering the same thing. Nearly all the beer arrives in kegs and is served in those magnificent one-liter mugs. Maybe something was lost in translation.

  4. Neetu Agarwal

    Good stuff about Germany: Recycling, mature mass transit system, gov’t programs to support renewable energy, health care.

    Down side: over 19% sales tax to support government programs. About 55% of income is taxed in one form or another to support health care, their version of social security, etc. Lots of regulations.

    I guess all that beauty (their land) comes with a price. Lots of people crammed into a small space needs close management. A lot of their laws are based on older laws from up to 1000 years ago which may or may not make sense now. Depends on where you were raised. Hopefully our country can learn from what they’re doing right, and avoid what isn’t working so much. Great place to visit with rich history, but realize they have their issues like everyone else.


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