Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fears
Bavarian officials have canceled Oktoberfest festivities for a second year in a row due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, saying that there are too many risks in hosting the celebrations, which traditionally bring in visitors from around the world, during a global pandemic.
German beer sales suffer as virus restrictions bite
Official data show that beer sales in Germany were down 5.5 percent last year, dragged lower by lengthy closures of bars and restaurants in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)BERLIN – Beer sales in Germany were down 5.5% last year, dragged lower by lengthy closures of bars and restaurants in the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed Monday. That figure doesn't include alcohol-free beer or beer imported from outside the European Union. German beer sales have been declining for years as a result of health concerns and other factors. Exports to other countries in the EU dropped 13.1% to 778.2 million liters (206 million gallons) while those to nations elsewhere were up 3.7% to 725.3 million liters (192 million gallons).
Oktoberfest at home: This pretzel and beer keg could be the ticket
Oktoberfest is here, but now you can bring the German celebration to your home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Snack maker Snyder’s and Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. created a pretzel and beer keg, inspired by the love of the classic pretzel and beer combination during Oktoberfest celebration. canister of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels and a five-liter keg of Captain Lawrence’s Marzen Style Oktoberfest Brew. You can order it online for at-home Oktoberfest celebrations. The keg will be available starting on October 7 at 1 p.m. CT online at SnydersPretzelKeg.com for $49.99.
Germany pays tribute to victims of 1980 Oktoberfest bombing
BERLIN – Senior officials and survivors paid tribute Saturday to the victims of a deadly neo-Nazi attack on Munich’s Oktoberfest 40 years ago, as Germany’s president warned that far-right extremism remains a persistent problem in the country. The bombing on the evening of Sept. 26, 1980, claimed 13 lives, including that of three children and the attacker, student Gundolf Koehler, a supporter of a banned far-right group. “Right-wing extremism has deep roots in our society,” President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at a memorial event in the Bavarian capital. Steinmeier said the perpetrators weren't “disturbed people,” but rather part of “networks that we need to investigate.”An initial investigation of the Oktoberfest attack concluded that Koehler acted alone, out of personal frustration. Bavaria's governor, Markus Soeder, apologized to survivors and the victims' families for mistakes made during the initial investigation.
German prosecutors close probe of 1980 Oktoberfest bombing
BERLIN German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have closed their investigation into a deadly far-right attack on Munich's Oktoberfest in 1980, more than five years after they revived the probe in hopes that new testimony might point to previously unknown co-conspirators. Thirteen people were killed, including three children, and more than 200 wounded when a bomb exploded at the Oktoberfest on the evening of Sept. 26, 1980. But in December 2014, the federal prosecutor's office said it were looking at the matter again after a previously unknown witness surfaced. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors said the witness' indications that there may have been co-conspirators hadn't been corroborated by the renewed investigation. They said they had failed to find any other solid evidence that others may have participated as accessories, instigators or accomplices in Koehler's attack, though that possibility can't entirely be ruled out.