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 over 500-year-old German Beer Purity Law says that only hops, barley, yeast and water can be used to make Germany's favorite drink. We look at the country's beer culture.
With a plethora of micro breweries, German beer drinkers now have some 400 alcohol-free brews to choose from. Taste remains the Achilles' heel of non-alcoholic beer, with some concerns about detectable glyphosate.
Since the turn of the century a southern German brewery has been using the word "wholesome" on its label. Now a top German court has ruled that the word is misleading on the basis that beer can be bad for you.
Monks in the Middle Ages created strong beer to keep them going during fasting periods - a tradition that's celebrated at Munich's Starkbierfest over the next weeks. Here's a tour of the world's strongest beers.
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