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.
In 1516, Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria decreed that beer should only be brewed from barley, hops and water. This purity law brought German brewers worldwide success. But 500 years on, some rebels want to add more variety and ingredients to German beer.
The “Reinheitsgebot”, a set of regulations governing the ingredients allowed in beer, was adopted in Bavaria in 1516. The purity law limits the constituents of a brew to barley, hops and water. But nowadays, craft brewers are moving away from the purism of the past.
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