German breaks record by carrying 27 mugs of beer

A German man has broken a world record by carrying 27 one-litre mugs of beer.

Oliver Struempfel works at the traditional Gillemoos beer festival in the Bavarian town of Abensberg.

"I have worked here in the beer tent for the past 17 years, so I have had lots of training in carrying the beer mugs," Mr Struempfel said.

"However, my personal best is 26 mugs at once, which is more than 60 kilogrammes and so it is no longer enough to just carry the mugs , but you have to support the training by going to the gym, especially in winter when you don't get much time carrying the beer mugs."

But the training doesn't come without its hazards, SBS reported.

"Of course it has happened to me before that some beer mugs have fallen down," he says. "Three years ago 23 beer mugs fell down at once."

On Sunday, Struempfel was up against just one competitor and they had to carry as many full mugs as possible a distance of 40 metres.

Cheered on by the crowds inside the beer festival tent, Struempfel's opponent managed 26 mugs, each weighing around 2.3 kilogrammes.

But Struempfel went one better with 27.

The world record holder said he has had lots of practice, as he began training when he was a teenager, filling beer mugs with water. He then went on to make a career out of it.