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Germany's Beer Purity Law marks 500th anniversary

January 20, 2016

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.

Beer on tap, Copyright: Fotolia/kolotype
Image: Fotolia/kolotype

It was on April 23, 1516, that Bavaria - then an independent duchy - defined beer as only containing hops, malt, yeast, and water. The stipulation was later adopted and even formally written into law in other parts of the states that would later become Germany. The simple recipe- initially implemented as a health measure - has helped make German beer so famous abroad.

Throughout the coming year, numerous beer festivals and events will be held, particularly in Bavaria, to mark the anniversary. Watch the video above for more on the German Beer Purity Law and click through the gallery below to test your knowledge of German beer.