The Brewing Storm
In Denmark, a serious human rights violation: Not being able to drink freely on the job.
2:55 PM, Apr 13, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported on the brouhaha (pardon the pun) taking place at the Carlsberg brewing company:
The horror! The way Christiansen sees it, "the right to tip a cold one at work is as sacred as other rights enjoyed by Copenhagen-based Carlsberg workers, such as a year's sick leave at full pay, an average annual salary of $59,000 and two free crates of beer monthly." (As Ira Gershwin might say, Nice work if you can get it.) And as a result, close to a thousand workers have been going on strike during the past week.
As it turns out (thanks to the thorough research by the Journal's John W. Miller and David Kesmodel), Carlsberg is one of the last drink-on-the-job holdouts—mind you, even under the new regime, workers can still have a drink over lunch and drivers can have three bottles a day. But as Jim Koch of Sam Adams fame puts it, "You just can't drink and operate machinery."
At Koch's Boston Beer Company corporate offices, however, beer is still readily available. Corporate elitism!