Beer Rates

The Germans have come up with another fine solution to one of the world’s greatest problems.

Getting your refreshments at a music festival is a bind because the queues are always massive.  In order to make getting the round in more efficient, organisers at the Wacken Open Air rock festival are busy installing a 7km beer pipe to ensure constant supply to revellers queuing at bars.

Apparently the pipe will go in to a trench with other things like water and fibre optics (fibre at a festival?) and so serves a secondary purpose of not having to have lorries on site delivering barrels.

It’s the maths of the story that doesn’t quite add up to me, rather than just how festival goers would survive having to wait for a pint.

According to the article in The Times, the new pipeline will allow bar workers to fill six glasses per second.  Only six per second?

There will be 75000 people at the festival and apparently they only drink just over three pints over the three days.  Really? What sort of rock festival is this (asks the teetotal)?

And the thing is, if you do the maths of 75000 drinking three pints each over three days, 6 pints per second is necessary.

This made me think, then.  Have they not actually solved the problem the wrong way? Surely they would be better having more bars to increase the rate even more.  The way the story is reported I kind of picture 6 beer pumps which means that there’s no wonder they have such first world issues.

If you see me walkin’ down the line
with my fav’rite honky tonk in mind,
well, I’ll be here around suppertime
with my can of dinner and a bunch of fine.

Beer drinkers and hell raisers, yeah.
Uh-huh-huh, baby, don’t you wanna come with me?

The crowd gets loud when the band gets right,
steel guitar cryin’ through the night.
Yeah, try’n to cover up the corner fight
but ev’rything’s cool ’cause they’s just tight.

Beer drinkers and hell raisers, yeah.
Huh, baby, don’t you wanna come with me?
Ah, play it boy.

The joint was jumpin’ like a cat on hot tin.
Lord, I thought the floor was gonna give in.
Soundin’ a lot like a House Congressional
’cause we’re experimental and professional.

Beer drinkers, hell raisers, yeah.
Well, baby, don’t you wanna come with me?

Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers by ZZ Top

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