UPDATE: P.U. Germany's Oktoberfest deploys stench-eating bacteria

on 19/09/10 at 5:45 pm


One enterprising German, Hubert Hackl, cooked up a cocktail of bacteria that "eat" the putrid smell of stale beer

MUNICH, Germany — Germany’s giant Oktoberfest beer party, now celebrating its 200th birthday, is rising to a new challenge — stinky drinking halls — with a new weapon: stench-eating bacteria.

In past years, olfactory offences in the giant tents emanating from stale beer, sweat and bratwurst could simply be masked with cigarette smoke.

But now smokers hoping to enjoy a puff with their brew were advised to leave their packets at home after the southern state of Bavaria decided to ban smoking across the state in all pubs, cafes and beer tents.

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