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Germany Beer

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Germany Beer

Germany Beer

Germany Beer

Only Available in Archive Formats.

NPR's Guy Raz reports from Berlin that on this day in the year 1516, Frederick of the First of Bavaria introduced a law guaranteeing the purity of beer. The law — known as the Rheinheitsgebot — has regulated German brewing ever since. It strictly limits what ingredients can go into beer, so German brewers won't produce beverages like blueberry beer or hemp beer.