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November 13, 2015

Green Week 2016: A special anniversary for German beer in all its diversity

Explaining the art of brewing and all the various speciality beers

Berlin, 13 November 2015 – This year the Green Week is 90 years old, but this figure pales into insignificance compared with the fact that Germany’s brewers are staging a combined display at the International Green Week Berlin 2016 (15-24 Jan.) to mark the 500th anniversary of the country’s Purity Law. Using the slogan “500 Years of our Purity Law. Pure Ingredients. Pure Enjoyment“ the display by the German Brewers’ Federation provides details about the unique diversity of the country’s beers, the Purity Law and the raw materials used in brewing. Some indication of this diversity can be obtained from the impressive wall of beer bottles in Hall 12, the Beer Market. Visitors to the Green Week can also sample a small selection from the enormous range of different beers that are available, from producers such as Privatbrauerei Ernst Barre from Lübbecke in Westphalia, the Max Leibinger brewery from Ravensburg, Bergquell brewery in Löbau, the independent craft brewer Unabhängige Craftbier-Brauerei Lemke based in Berlin and Brauerei-Gasthof Zwönitz from the Erzgebirge region. In addition to the display by German brewers there is another presentation in the Bavaria hall, featuring many of the specialty beers from that state.

The world’s oldest food regulation

As the German Brewers’ Federation explains, the Purity Law originated as a state regulation in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt as a result of decrees by Dukes Wilhelm IV and Ludwig X. Initially this Purity Law only applied to the Dukedom of Bavaria, but following the proclamation of 23 April 1516 it was adopted by an increasing number of states, and has been in force throughout Germany since 1906. The Purity Law stipulates that only water, malt, hops and yeast may be used in the production of beer. It upholds craft skills that have been practiced for many generations and is also the world’s oldest food law which is still being applied today. The Purity Law is intended to protect beer drinkers from the dangers of cheap ingredients which, in some cases, are a threat to health, and to ensure that only the best quality ingredients are used in the brewing process.

Over the centuries this has led to the development of a brewing industry in Germany that is held in high regard all over the world. Using only these four natural ingredients, every day the more than 1,300 German breweries produce a unique and diverse range comprising more than 40 different types of beer under some 5,500 different labels.

For additional information:

Deutscher Brauer-Bund e. V., Marc-Oliver Huhnholz

tel.: +49 30 / 209167-16,