3 Feb, 2014 @ 13:10
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Spanish not convinced by high score in European beer index

BEER has now been drawn into the debate over Spain’s economic ‘crisis’, following an online map which showcases how many beers can be bought with the minimum monthly wage of European countries.

Spain comes out surprisingly high with 388 beers for the official minimum wage of €645.30 per month, dwarfing Britain’s 333.

However, Spaniard’s are not convinced this is a fair reflection and have debated the accuracy of the map, which has become an internet sensation.

They believe Spain should not be scoring highly and have questioned whether the data, gathered from pricepint.com, counts pint glasses or Spain’s traditional ‘caña’ glasses, which are usually 20cl.

Belgium leads the pack by a long way on 1,028, followed by neighbouring Holland, 761, and Luxembourg, 708.

The map is based on pub prices provided by users and was originally shared on social media sites Reddit and Facebook.

Regardless of the map’s accuracy, it has certainly got Spaniards talking about cerveza, their tipple of choice.

A pint in the big cities such as Madrid and Barcelona can cost can cost more than €5, but in Southern towns such as Granada, the ‘caña plus tapa’ combination, which includes a plate of tapas with every drink, can be found at bargain prices.

Tom Powell

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  1. I get board with people saying how cheap Spain, yes it maybe for a visiting tourist from Northern Europe but for those working on low wages it certainly isn’t. The difference between cost of living and wage here can make life very tough and add this to sky rocketing price of electricity / price of food I am surprise if many don’t have any money left for a pint.

    I have owned a bar here 12 years and the price of a barrel of beer goes up every year then add in IVA increase I would say beer at cost price has gone up by somewhere between 30/40% in that period of time

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