Beer is one of the most popular beverages in Germany. Beer making dates back thousands of years.
Water, hops, yeast and water are the main ingredients. Tradional brewing regions in Europe, such as Germany, England, Belgium and the Czech Republic have dozens of local varieties of beer. This is an automatic compilation of DW's journaistic output related to beer.
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Spain might be more traditionally associated with wine and sherry producing than beer. But now craft beer is booming. And that's good news for one tiny region that grows 99-percent of Spain’s hops - a key ingredient in beer. Reporter Lauren Frayer takes us there.
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Last summer, the billionaire founder of Corona beer died, aged 98, and the news went viral. Antonino Fernandez had left his fortune to the tiny village in Spain, where he was born. That part of the story turned out to be false. There was no last will & testament that left money to strangers. But the Corona tycoon did invest millions in his hometown, during his lifetime.
While the new US administration is skeptical on climate change, farmers are already feeling the effects. The future of a favorite drink, beer, could be at risk as hops farmers start to notice the impact of a warmer world.
Germany's beer purity law, which limits beer-making to just four ingredients, dates back to 1516. Now, 500 years on, the art of brewing has come a long way – industrial processes have replaced manual craftsmanship and the raw ingredients are often subject to chemical treatment. Which is why some brewers are calling for a re-evaluation of the entire purity law.