For over 500 years now the “Reinheitsgebot”, the German Beer Purity Law is a set of regulations, that ensures that only a handful of ingredients can be used in the process of making beer in Germany. Only four main ingredients are allowed in the making: Water, Hops, Barley and Yeast. And it doesn’t matter which kind you drink. Lagers, stouts, pale ale, almost all traditional flavors are made with just these ingredients.
The origin of the Reinheitsgebot
The original law from Bavaria in the year 1516 reads as follows:
Furthermore, we wish to emphasize that in future in all cities, markets and in the country, the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be Barley, Hops and Water. Whosoever knowingly disregards or transgresses upon this ordinance, shall be punished by the Court authorities’ confiscating such barrels of beer, without fail.
The idea behind the law was not only the intention to keep the product as pure as possible and prohibit the use of potentially dangerous additives in medieval and modern times, it also ensured cheap bread for the population, as wheat and rye could not be used for the production of beer anymore. And with the age of 500 years the Reinheitsgebot is one of the oldest laws still in effect in the world.
It is not surprising, that a law of that age becomes a symbol for quality and tradition, so it is not uncommon to find German breweries using the term “Reinheitsgebot” in their marketing.
With these images we want to chime in to the celebration of the Reinheitsgebot, a law that probably made great beer possible. As always, these images are licensed under a CC0 license, which means you can do whatever you want with these images!
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Read more about the Reinheitsgebot on Wikipedia.