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|Posted by Nick B. on 8/2/2012 5:01:42 AM
|There was a small piece in yesterday's paper about how the state health department has closed four Franconian breweries, focusing on Schwarzes Kreuz of Eggolsheim.
< http://www.nordbayern.de/nuernberger-nachrichten/region-bayern/brauereien-mit-schadlingsbefall-mussten-schliessen-1.2245286 >
Quickly translated by me:
The State Department of Health and Food Safety (SDHFS) has found vermin infestation and considerable contamination at four North Bavarian breweries. One of the brewers can't understand this at all.
"For over 50 years, I've been brewing with the same water, and suddenly it's not OK any more," complains Peter Heilmann. The 75-YO can't serve his own beer any more, since the SDHFS has found problems with the well water and a few other points. Heilmann can't afford expensive investments [ed. to remedy problems]. "We'd have to start over from the ground up," he says. He doesn't know how things might continue. "We just did as well as we could," he claims.
The other North Bavarian breweries are in a similar situation. "Our special unit found pest infestations and considerable contamination of machinery," said SDHFS spokesperson Claudia Schuller. 23 breweries have been inspected, above all those which were already known as problem cases, emphasised Schuller.
Of the four impacted breweries, three have closed, and one could apparently afford another investment [ed. to remedy problems]. Recently, a few other Franconian breweries had to close because they couldn't afford any more modernisations, like with Barnikel in Herrnsdorf and Hauf in Dentlein. Both now have their beer brewed elsewhere.
The low price of beer in Franconia apparently makes investment difficult often. "He who sets the price so low, is thinking too much in the short term," opines Werner Gloßner, head of the Privaten Brauereien Bayern. This low price is, according to him, only possible because family members help out. "But at some point, Grandpa just can't lend a hand any longer."
I interpret this as four breweries having been cited and closed, and one of which (unnamed) has been able to re-open. The sentence referring to Barnikel and Hauf made me think, at first, that these were yet other breweries in addition to the four in the article. Am I alone in finding that to be not 100% clear on a first read?
Wonder what's wrong with the well water at Schwarzes Kreuz.
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