Monthly Archives: November 2020

Everyone knows that when you are talking about festivals in Germany, you are really just talking about German beer festivals. And before we can talk about German beer festivals , we have to at least mention the Purity Law of 1516, or the “Reinheitsgebot”. Have you heard of it? You should have. 2016 marked the 500th year of its reign! This makes it the oldest consumer protection law in the world*. The Purity Law of 1516 The Purity Law of 1516 was signed in Ingolstadt, Germany, in 1516 (I know, right!), and decreed that beer can only be made with three ingredients: barley, hops, and water. Later on, people better understood the role that yeast played in fermentation, and yeast was added to the list. So even today, German beer can only have four ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, and water. They did this for a few reasons: To ban the use of…

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