Hops, water, yeast and malt just aren't enough any more. The craft beer trend is breaking down Germany's brewing traditions. Berlin Beer Week gives some idea of the enormous variety of today's craft beers.
The ingredients for beer were laid down in a German purity law in 1516. All you are allowed to use is hops, malt, yeast and water.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the "world renown" of German beer in Ingolstadt, at a celebration marking the 500th anniversary of the beer purity law. The age-old rule has remained a staple of beer production.
Is Germany's traditional beer recipe its secret to success or just a marketing ploy? Either way, 2016 marks half a millennium since the Purity Law for beer was first written down.
Holsten. Erdinger. Löwenbräu. These and many other famous German beer brands have long dominated the domestic market and sell well around the world. But now those giants face competition. Jenny Witt reports from Hamburg.
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