New beer carrying record set in Bavaria

Could you beat beer carrying record - or another record-breaking pub challenge?

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Young couple, man and woman, in traditional Bavarian Tracht drinking beer in a brewery in front of beer barrels

A German waiter has broken the world record for the number of glasses of beer carried at any one time. Oliver Struempfel, who works at the Gillemoos festival in the town of Abensberg, managed to carry 27 full mugs of Bavarian beer.

It's an impressive record, which will stagger anyone who has ever faced the challenge of returning from the bar with a round for more than five people - without most of it ending up on the floor (or facing the indignity of using a tray).

The Guardian reported that Struempfel had worked at the festival for the previous 17 years - visiting the gym in the off-season in order to maintain his prowess - and has been in training for months. According to the BBC he had held the previous record of 26 mugs - but was forced to up his game after a rival waiter equalled his record.

Pub challenges
It should perhaps come as no surprise that there's a recognised world record for beer carrying - after-all people in pubs must make up a decent proportion of those who decide they should try to break a novelty record.

And if you struggle to compete in the world of beer carrying. There are at least five other beer-related records to give a go.

1. You could try to beat the record for the most beer mats flipped and caught in one minute. The current record is 70, which was achieved by David Cowling-Cass from the UK at the World Trade Centre, Barcelona, Spain, on 14 May 2010.

2. There is an official record for the most beer bottle caps removed with someone's teeth in one minute. It is currently held by Murali K.C at Country Club Mysore, in Bangalore, India, on 17 September 2011. He managed 68.

3. Perhaps more challenging - but one for the publicans - is the largest glass of beer. The current record-holder contained 1,499 litres of Guinness and was prepared at The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub in Tustin, California, USA, on 21 November 2009.

4 If you have an unusually-developed sense of balance and enormous strength you could try to beat the record set by John Evans from the UK - who balanced 11 empty beer kegs on his head for the required ten seconds on the set of Guinness World Records: Primetime on 17 June 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

5. Alternatively, you could try to beat the fastest time to open 2,000 beer bottles. This is currently 28 min 11 sec, and was set by Krunoslav Budiselic in Zagreb, Croatia, on 12 October 2009.

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