Oh, the Reinheitsgebot, aka the German Beer Purity Law. The purity law basically states that all beer must only be made with Water, Malt & Hops. This Bavarian law still exists. The article linked above is from the Washington Times. The article was written and published on the 500th anniversary of the famed German Purity Law.
As a brewer, you learn about the Reinheitsgebot immediately. It’s rooted on purity and the basics. American breweries and homebrewers violate the Reinheitsgebot regularly. Think of all of you favorite beers/breweries around. Did they put lactose in their milk stout? What about coriander seeds/dried orange peel in their witbier? Grapefruit zest in the IPA? Coffee in brown ale? None of these beers would be allowed to be even produced in Germany.
The article sheds light on a brewery in Germany that had one the beers they produced banned for adding in a non-compliant ingredient. Because of this, they’re looking at moving production to Austria. I couldn’t imagine not having the creativity to add whatever I wanted to a brewday. American beer would be completely different if we were forced to comply with the same purity laws.
Just yet another reason that it’s good to be a beer enthusiast in America. Prost!