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Free beer! … only if you live in Germany

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Brewery gives away 2,600 litres it can’t sell.

Willingen, Germany – Unable to deliver to

hotels and restaurants closed due to coronavirus restrictions, a

German brewery on Thursday gave away some 2,600 litres (690

gallons) of beer.

Rather than throwing it away, the owners of the Willinger

brewery, in the western state of Hesse, decided to dish out the

light and dark beer free of charge.

Owner Franz Mast said he needed to empty the tanks as soon

as possible to fill them up again with fresh beer and be ready

for when bars are allowed to reopen.

The move went down well. Dozens of people stood patiently in

line outside the brewery, wearing masks and keeping to social

distancing recommendations. Many took full buckets and boxes

back home.

“We also want to thank people, and we hope they are as

supportive once we reopen, that they come here, recommend us,”

Mast told Reuters Television.

The Deutsche Brauer Bund beer association has warned that

brewers are facing a collapse in sales due to a slump in

exports, especially to China and Italy. The lockdown at home,

meanwhile, has left restaurants and bars shut and football

stadiums empty.

Bavaria’s Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest beer festival,

has been cancelled.

The brewery had initially planned to give out 540 litres on

Thursday, but that amount was gone within hours.

“I hope it helps the brewery, that is why we are here. This

way, we can sit in the garden later today, in the sun, and have

a nice Willinger beer,” said customer Natalie Julius.