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The somewhat different pension reform: Women welcome at the regulars' table

2023-03-28T13:24:55.768Z


This "pension reform" has what it takes to shake Maisach's male-dominated regulars' table culture to its foundations. The idea: Women should also be able to enjoy the beer pension funded by the local brewery. So far, the weekly free drink has only been available to male seniors over 75.


This "pension reform" has what it takes to shake Maisach's male-dominated regulars' table culture to its foundations.

The idea: Women should also be able to enjoy the beer pension funded by the local brewery.

So far, the weekly free drink has only been available to male seniors over 75.

Maisach

- "Real men drink pearl!" That's what it says on a stein.

The toast refers to the house brand of the Maisacher brewery.

And he suggests that only mature men appreciate the sweetness of the traditional beer.

Especially the so-called beer pensioners, for whom the regulars’ table in the Bräustüberl is reserved every Thursday from 2 p.m.

Almost four decades ago, the then head of the brewery, Jakob Sedlmayr, introduced the beer pension as a smart business idea.

Since then she has been an integral part of Maisacher social life.

The brewery regularly receives the data of citizens of the greater community who have just completed their 75th year from the town hall.

They are then invited to the regulars' table.

On the first visit, a drinking mug and – very important – the personal beer pension card are handed out.

This is practically the official legitimacy to be served half a free glass every Thursday for life.

The tradition is also maintained by Sedlmayr's successor, Michael Schweinberger.

So far, only men have been written to about the beer pension.

Neither the head of the brewery nor Mayor Hans Seidl have questioned this unwritten macho custom.

But now the women are pushing.

They claim the same right to a beer pension as the men.

Elvira Mader acts as a champion.

"Elli", as she is called locally, is only 52 years young and therefore still has some time before she can enjoy the palatable old-age pension.

But she is already campaigning for all women from Maisache to smooth their way to the regulars' table.

"Aren't we wanted?

Don't women belong in the tavern, only behind the stove?” Mader asks himself.

She is convinced that there are women who would like to have a beer in good company and chat with like-minded people.

Brewery boss Schweinberger has “basically no problem” with that.

However, he already extrapolates the then increasing demand for free beer.

Neither he nor the municipality have exact figures on how many “pension applications” have been made so far.

But although the entry age was raised from 70 to 75 some time ago, ten to 15 people sit at the regulars' table every Thursday afternoon.

With a half price of currently 4.80 euros, it is easy to calculate how much free beer comes together on brewery costs in a year.

Maisach Mayor Hans Seidl would only have to cope with increased administrative work in the town hall if women were involved, but he nevertheless points out with a wink: “Somewhere we men also want to be among ourselves.

The regulars’ table would be the last bastion to fall.”

Elli Mader counters: "Such a beer pensioners' meeting would bring a breath of fresh air into the economy." What Bräustüberl host Harry Faul sees very similarly: "The more life there is, the better."

Source: merkur

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