Necessity is the mother of invention they say. With Ukraine and Russia accounting for around 80% of the world’s sunflower oil production, many European countries are feeling the pinch with supplies running out or rationed.
Having run out of oil one night, the managers of Giesinger Bräu, a brewhouse and pub in Munich, scratched their heads and came up with an innovative plan to ensure that they would always have enough to cook their punters their schnitzels with. They have launched a barter system, offering a litre of the brewery’s finest ale to any customer in return for a litre of sunflower or rapeseed oil.
With a litre of beer costing €7 and a litre of oil €4.5, it seems a great deal, with customers swapping over 400 litres at the time of writing. One enterprising customer, Moritz Baller, bought 80 litres of sunflower oil on a recent trip to Ukraine delivering humanitarian aid and swapped it for eight crates of beer to fuel his birthday party.
A case of greasing the palm, you might say.