The Carlsberg Beer Strike: Beer Rights for Workers

carlsberg employeeNY Beer Pairing Examiner by: Elizabeth Willse Beer with breakfast? On the job? It might sound like an odd sort of fantasy to the average New Yorker, but to the employees of Copenhagen's Carlsberg Brewing company in Denmark, it represents a small victory. After Carlsberg Brewery employees went on strike last week, in protest of limitations placed on their drinking beer at work, Nina Askov, of Metro World News in Denmark, reported that Carlsberg employees "would only be allowed to drink one beer during their breakfast break." Beer with your cornflakes might seem like an odd take on the most important meal of the day. (Though I think it has potential for a relaxed, weekend brunch.) But, if you look at the typical Danish breakfast, called Morgenmad, the pairing has some potential. With items like cheese, bread, smoked fish and other savory delicacies, Carlsberg could be a refreshing pairing! (Not so much for the danish pastry, which is known as a Viennese pastry in Denmark, and usually reserved for corporate events rather than the everyday table. A Denmark tourism site reports that breakfast can include crusty rolls, bread, smoked meat or fish, cheese, ham, and pâté. All of which would be delicious with a lighter-bodied beer. By that delicious logic-- an intrepid New Yorker might have an early, light lunch of a bagel with lox and cream cheese, washed down with a Carlsberg lager. I'd advise a sesame bagel, rather than an everything, as the best everything bagels are so garlicky and delicious they overwhelm the taste of everything you drink. I'm devoted to the giant, fresh, warm bagels at Ess-A-Bagel, personally. Of course, when New Yorkers ponder the strange idea of beer at breakfast-- something gets lost in translation. Make these tasty, savory pairings a part of a lunch or afternoon snack idea, and drink responsibly, especially where your job security's concerned. And, if you want to raise a glass to the workers of Carlsberg, here's how to say cheers in Danish! Skaal Bunden i vejret eller resten i håret: (Bottoms up or the rest in your hair.)

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