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.
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.