German Purity And The Master Brew



Friday night when I was getting the ingredients to make some beer boiled sausages I saw something that gave me a chuckle. On a bottle of German beer, prominently displayed, were the words brewed according to German purity law. The German purity law, or Reinheitsgebot was created 1516 to protect grain supplies for bread, and was struck down in 1987.  The ironic part of beers brewed in a way to qualify is that they don’t even meet the original purity law. So how much better is purity law beer? Well like with all things it depends on the quality of ingredients, and the skill of the brewer. I could easily brew a “pure” beer using only hops,  barley, water, and yeast and still make a really crappy beer. In fact the beer I tried during my layover in Germany wasn’t even comparable to some of the top notch micro beers from the States. So why do we have this fascination with purity, and automatically assume it makes a better beer? Well partly it’s because Germany believes their beer is better, and insist on telling the world that every chance they get, the other reason is we have a fetish for all things European. Just look at all the people who drank Heineken in the 80’s and 90’s all the while insisting that it was a far superior beer. I love watching people in the beer isle hovering around the imports as they search for the perfect beer when there’s several amazing selections right in front of them. I could continue to go into all the reasons that the Reinheitsgebot is a worthless piece of junk, but someone already did it for me. If you want more info on the German Purity Law check out this article.

Thanks alot to all you people who bought up every last tub of light and amber malt extract yesterday. I really am gonna try to get this gruit brewed though, and even will try to make a video of it.

2 Responses to “German Purity And The Master Brew”

  1. Carlos says:

    hahaa….thats funny, dont shoot me but Heineken Light is one of my favorite beers! Dont get me wrong I love the micro brews but my problem is that I can only drink so many of them before they get to heavy.
    Once in awhile I’ll drink the lighter stuff so I can have more.

  2. Jared says:

    ha ha Don’t worry 🙂 guns not loaded. There are times when the lighter stuff is fine. I was mostly refering to the people that get wrapped up in this obsession with the Reinheitsgebot.

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