Munich: Alcohol ban lifted

The City of Munich, often dubbed as Germany's beer capital, will no longer prohibit selling alcohol after 9:00 pm and consuming alcohol in public after 11:00 pm if the number of infections with the coronavirus should again exceed the critical value of 35 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants.

The Bavarian state capital lost in the second instance against a 35-year-old attorney who had brought an action against the regulation from last Thursday. The city wanted to stop public drinking in the evening because officials feared a further spread of the corona virus. Many other cities in Germany followed the example of Munich and issued bans on alcohol sales over the weekend. Drinking alcohol in public spaces is not forbidden in Germany and especially after the very strict social distancing rules had been lifted in July and many Germans preferred not to spend their summer holidays abroad, people gathered every evening in public spaces in the city to party and drink alcohol. Officials were suspicious of this behavior as crowds of people often disregarded the distancing rules and infection rates started to climb again. The Bavarian Administrative Court justified the rejection of the order with the fact that the ban on alcohol consumption in public spaces could probably be based on the Infection Protection Act as a necessary protective measure. The court also acknowledged the fact that an alcohol ban is a suitable means of counteracting the spread of the coronavirus because it helps prevent crowds. The regulation of the general ruling, however, is not necessary and therefore disproportionate as long as it extends to the entire city area. Should the city council restrict the ban to certain areas within the city, the measure would be appropriate. Munich’s Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter commented the judgment: “It is now decided. The decision of the Bavarian Administrative Court gives the direction for our future rights to protect against infection. The previous general regulation […] is no longer implemented. Specifically, the bans can no longer be applied throughout the city, only at clearly named hotspots." It is expected that the city council will soon implement new rules which comply with the sentence of the Bavarian Administrative Court. Source: inside beer (tinyurl.com/yy6matpj)

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According to Beavertown, the new 129,000 square-foot production site will expand the company’s production capacity. It will be possible to produce 500,000 hl a year, with brewing in 150 hl batches.; ten times more than before. Beavertown will create up to 150 new jobs in the area. Called Beaverworld, the new brewery includes a brewhouse; packaging space; a warehouse; logistics hub; and offices. The expansion comes after Heineken purchased a minority stake in Beavertown Brewery in 2018, as the £40 million investment has helped to fund the new brewery. Logan Plant, the founder of Beavertown Brewery said: “Beaverworld is the answer to our dream of getting more Beavertown in the hands of the masses and we could not be more excited that it’s now up and running. With Beaverworld we’re expecting to create our own lasting legacy.” “This is the culmination of many years of hard work from Logan and the whole team at Beavertown,” Heineken craft development director Jochen Van Esch said. “Our partnership meant they could open a state of the art brewery, the largest brewery in London. It means even more people can enjoy Beavertown beers in pubs and at home, and we will facilitate this where we can.” Photo: Beavertown Brewery

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Co2 negative? BrewDog means that the brewery removes more Co2 as it emits into the air. Twice as much, to be exact. Over the past months BrewDog has been working closely with Professor Mike Berners-Lee and his team. Berners-Lee is one of the world's leading experts in the field of sustainability and carbon footprinting. To date, more than 33 million euros have already been channelled into green infrastructure projects to make BrewDog top of the class in reducing carbon emissions. "Our Co2 is our problem. We have to solve it ourselves. It is scientifically proven: We sleepwalk on the edge of a cliff. For too long, too much has been talked about and too little has been done. Now a huge change is needed, and we want to be a catalyst for that change in our industry and beyond. We are far from perfect. But we are determined to make rapid and fundamental changes to everything that is needed. Politics has proven to be completely incapable of dealing with this crisis. The change our world and society needs must come from a progressive economy. We want to play a clear role here and show our colors. stresses James Watt, co-founder and Captain of BrewDog. In addition to the investment of over 33 million euros in green infrastructure, BrewDog has also acquired an area of over 800 hectares in the Scottish Highlands north of Loch Lomond for reforestation. The land is managed in partnership with "Scottish Woodlands". One million trees will be planted there over the next four years. The land thus becomes the "BrewDog Forest". The planting of the forest area not only promotes biological diversity and naturally counteracts flooding, but also promotes the economic development of rural areas. In addition to the planting of deciduous forests and the restoration of peat bogs, BrewDog Forest will also have a sustainably managed campsite. Source and photo: BrewDog

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"Already well over a thousand registrations!" This news has surprised and inspired the - for 2020 circumstantially subdued - expectations of the organizers of the "European Beer Star" competition. The organizers, that is the German Association of Private Breweries. "We had hoped for a thousand entries in total in the 'Corona Year'", says Kilian Kittl, the new manager of the competition, "now the thousand threshold was already crossed at the beginning of July. The breweries still have until 4 September to register their beers. The European Beer Star is an institution in the beer scene. The large number of entries and the organization of the competition are an important sign of the industry moving towards normality. Germany, Austria and Switzerland have so far provided two thirds of the beers; however, several registrations have already been received from the USA, Canada, Brazil, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Myanmar. Open for the whole world. Any commercial brewery from any countries and all continents can enter beers in the European Beer Star Competition. The Olympic principle. Prizes are exclusively awarded to the competitors placing first, second an third in each category. This is why the gold, silver and bronze trophies in the European Beer Star competition are so valuable. More information: www.european-beer-star.com

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