Harbin Beer Fountain Nixed for Festival

90 tons of beer in a fountain.  That I would like to see. Unfortunately, it won't happen in Harbin, China:

According to critics, the fountain sponsored by Harbin Brewery Group
would have consumed 90 tons of beer – produced using 1,800 tons of
water, 9,000 kilograms of coal, 14,400 kilowatt-hours of electricity
and 18,000 kilograms of grain.”It's OK for businesses to
put up eye-catching ads but it's definitely not OK to squander public
resources,” said Liu Yu, a Heilongjiang University student. “We're not
rich enough to squander scarce public resources like that. So many
people cannot even afford a beer.”The brewery explained
the fountain would have used limited resources. “We just wanted to
highlight the beer culture that is deep-rooted in Harbin,” said Fu Hui,
chief operation manager of Harbin Brewery Group. “When we first tried
the beer fountain, we only mixed one ton of beer though the capacity of
the fountain pond was 400 tons. After all, to make it smell like beer
is enough.”

Why
they want a fountain to just smell like beer is beyond me. The really
depressing part is that many of the people there can't even afford a
beer.

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