Happy 496th Anniversary to Reinheitsgebot!

Looking at the level of innovation in brewing today, it is exciting to see so many new ingredients being introduced into brewing. We, along with many of our brewing colleagues, have utilized a variety of ingredients including coffee beans, coco nibs, bourbon, and even human saliva, to make some really interesting brews. However when you look at Germany, one of the pioneering countries for beer, these styles brewed with eclectic set of ingredients are hard to come by (if they are being brewed at all). This is because of Reinheitsgebot, a German beer purity law that was signed on this day (April 23) in 1516.

What is Reinheitsgebot?

Wilhelm IV of Bavaria passed Reinheitsgebot as a proclamation that required all beer in Bavaria to be brewed utilizing nothing more than water, hops, and

Wilhelm IV of Bavaria passed Reinheitsgebot on this day in 1516.

barley. (Note: Yeast  would become the 4th allowable ingredient in the 18th century). Read More