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Bavarian beer prices stable as beer garden season begins

The Local · 4 May 2010, 11:13

Published: 04 May 2010 11:13 GMT+02:00

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Paying more than €7 for a litre of beer, called a Maß, is not unusual in Munich. Some establishments have even raised their prices by up to €0.20 this season, just as they did last year, public broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk reported on Tuesday.

According to BR, beer prices have increased by 1,400 percent since the 1950s, though overall inflation rose by about 300 percent. Back then guests at Munich’s most famous beer hall, the Hofbräuhaus paid just under a mark, or roughly €0.50, to quench their thirst – now they pay €6.90.

But outside of Munich, prices are more reasonable.

“Despite considerable operating costs we aren't seeing a wave of price increases within the Bavarian brewing sector,” spokesperson for the Bavarian brewer’s association Dr. Lothar Ebbertz told the broadcaster.

According to checks conducted by the station, prices per litre have changed little since last year, when they were on average €4.40 in Bamberg, €5.20 in Passau, €5.60 in Augsburg, €5.80 in Regensburg, and €5.90 in Nuremberg and Würzburg.

The most affordable Maß was found in the Upper Franconia region in the town of Hallerndorf for just €3.50.

Meanwhile prices are reportedly so high in Munich because tourists like to snag the large beer mugs for souvenirs.

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“We have a lot of tourists,” manager of the beer garden at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden Ralf Sagroske told Bayerische Rundfunk, citing numbers higher than one million visitors each year. “Many take a souvenir along. The €1 deposit doesn’t cover the costs by a long shot.”

Some 30,000 beer mugs were reportedly taken from the beer garden last year, he said.

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Your comments about this article

11:44 May 4, 2010 by Ectherion
"The €1 deposit doesn¦#39;t cover the costs by a long shot.¦quot;

Then just increase the deposit fee, not the actual beer price... who believe this guy saying he is not looking for some extra profit...
21:44 May 4, 2010 by Eagle1
I wish we had these beer gardens in the U.S. God, I miss Munich.
04:25 May 5, 2010 by Meringer
I agree, make the deposit the same price as it would cost to purchase a souvenier mug. If the tourist walks away with it, it's okay, he bought it. If not he can return for a clean refill or return the empty for his money back. If he is stupid enough to leave the mug on the table, an enterprising person can return it for him and get the deposit. Everyone wins, beer stays affordable.
01:35 May 6, 2010 by wmm208
Throwing away money for Greece, Spain, Portugal and the entire Eurination is a good reason to drink. German beer tastes great. Probst
22:48 May 6, 2010 by Talonx
Unfortunately, this guy is just a shifty business man looking to explain his extortionist prices.

Cheapest beer in town, Rewe, Lidl, Real, etc... drink at Englischer Garten, Gärtner Plz., Flaucher or Max-Joseph Plz.
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