Two former brewery workers should get back pay for three unpaid years of brew and should also receive 150 litres (264 pints) of free beer a year as part of their pension package, a German labour court has ruled.

A compromise was reached in court this week after the two former employees fought for three years, after the brewery, who had promised workers and retirees 240 litres of free beer a year, fall into financial difficulty and put all promises on hold.

Sarah Diston