- Duke Herzog Wilhelm IV and his brother Duke Ludwig X proclaim the Purity Law in Ingolstadt, Bavaria on 23rd April 1516.
- The law slowly came into effect throughout more German provinces until accepted by all of Germany in 1906.
- The law requires that beer brewed in Germany can only include four ingredients: water, hop, malt and yeast (introduced shortly after the laws introduction).
- This means no artificial flavors, enzymes or preservatives may be added to the beer – making it a completely natural product.
- Why was it introduced? To avoid exorbitant beer prices in the market and protect beer drinkers from ingredients that may be harmful.
- Germany produces 1/3 of the worlds hops.
- 80% of this is grown in Hallertau – A Bavarian city boasting the largest continuous hop-plantation in the world with 178 km².
- Germany counts approximately 1300 breweries, 950 of which are still privately owned. The major Munich breweries have been bought by corporations.
Bavaria’s Bierkönigin Marlene Speck has a full program over the next few months – mainly consisting of gallivanting from event to event, looking good in her official workwear (ie. dirndl) and tapping a beer barrel or two on the way. Let’s hope she’s got a good hangover remedy.