German sets new world record for carrying beer steins

Many Bavarians take their beer very seriously. So seriously in fact that you can win world records just by carrying it -- at least if you can carry 29 one-litre mugs of beer over a 40-metre distance and then set them down without spilling more than 10 percent of the contents.

That is exactly what Oliver Struempfel managed to do on Sunday, September 3rd in Abensberg, beating his previous 2014 world record of 25 mugs.

After first breaking his record by carrying 27 tankards, Struempfel went for a second attempt with four more, craddling 31 beer-filled tankards stacked up in two tiers and walking them 40 metres. But after two tipped over at the last minute, the new world record stands at 29 jugs, or more than 152 pounds of beer and glass.

Struempfel told Reuters he had been trainining at the gym three to four times a week since February in preparation for his record attempt.

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German Oliver Struempfel competes to set a new world record in carrying one liter beer mugs over a distance of 40 m (131 ft 3 in) in Abensberg, Germany September 3, 2017. Struempfel carried 27 mugs over 40 meters to set a new world record.

(REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

German Oliver Struempfel competes to set a new world record in carrying one liter beer mugs over a distance of 40 m (131 ft 3 in) in Abensberg, Germany September 3, 2017. Struempfel carried 27 mugs over 40 meters to set a new world record. 

(REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

German Oliver Struempfel competes to set a new world record in carrying one liter beer mugs over a distance of 40 m (131 ft 3 in) in Abensberg, Germany September 3, 2017. Struempfel carried 27 mugs over 40 meters to set a new world record. 

(REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

German Oliver Struempfel competes to set a new world record in carrying one liter beer mugs over a distance of 40 m (131 ft 3 in) in Abensberg, Germany September 3, 2017. Struempfel carried 27 mugs over 40 meters to set a new world record. 

(REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

German Oliver Struempfel competes to set a new world record in carrying one liter beer mugs over a distance of 40 m (131 ft 3 in) in Abensberg, Germany September 3, 2017. Struempfel carried 29 mugs over 40 meters to set a new world record. 

(REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

German Oliver Struempfel competes to set a new world record in carrying one liter beer mugs over a distance of 40 m (131 ft 3 in) in Abensberg, Germany September 3, 2017. Struempfel carried 29 mugs over 40 meters to set a new world record. 

(REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

German Oliver Struempfel competes to set a new world record in carrying one liter beer mugs over a distance of 40 m (131 ft 3 in) in Abensberg, Germany September 3, 2017. Struempfel carried 29 mugs over 40 meters to set a new world record. 

(REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

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