A pint of beer is now down in 45 NOK in Kristiansand. But several restaurants have succumbed to the harsh price war.
The beer war started this spring, and a total of eight restaurants in the south Norwegian city are engaging in the battle. But three of the places have had to close their doors and/or have filed for bankruptcy, Dagbladet wrote last week.
“The newly opened Skagen Pub sells a pint of beer for NOK 45 and calls it Danish prices. But they have ended up in the price war by chance,” says general manager Hallgeir Hansen to NRK.
“For us, beer prices are part of the concept. It is not meant as a contribution to the beer war, but by chance, it may look like this. We are not here to ensure further price reductions,” he says.
One of those who had to close is Møllepuben.
“The beer war became the nail in the coffin for Møllepuben,” says chairman Jan-Arne Pettersen in the pub’s operating company to Dagbladet.
They raised the price to NOK 59 at the beginning of July, but the accounts for May were so bleak that the summer would not rectify this, according to Pettersen.
The German tourists Franziska Kesselring and Matthias Giebichenstein are pleased with the low prices.
“We had expected that the beer in Norway would cost twice as much. Here it is as cheap as it is at home,” says Giebichenstein to NRK.
This is not the first time beer prices have been gone down in Kristiansand. About 20 years ago there was a similar price war on beer.
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