Beer before hops: The bittering herbs of yore are making a comeback

Hops have been the dominant flavoring agent in beer ever since the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian beer purity law of 1516, stipulated that hops were one of three allowable ingredients in brewing. Not only do hops counter the sweetness of malted grains with bitterness, but they also help prevent spoilage in the beer. But prior to … [ Read more]

German beer purity law becoming “increasingly irrelevant”

The most fabled law in all of beer turns 500 this year. The Reinheistgebot was introduced in Bavaria in 1516 and mandated, among other things, that German beer be made only from water, hops and barley. Yes, the law predates the discovery of yeast. But prevailing consumer attitudes toward German beer are suggesting that the half-millennium-old dictum … [ Read more]