This year Germany celebrates the 500 year anniversary of Reinheitsgebot, also known as the “German Beer Purity Law”. According to the medieval food-safety law, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley, and hops. At the time, yeast had not yet been discovered. The law intended to keep beer “pure” of cheap and often unhealthy ingredients, such as poisonous roots, mushrooms, animals products, and sawdust. It also prevented the use of chemicals, preservatives, and artificial process enhancers. Modern changes and exceptions have since been made to the law.
Even though the law is technically no longer in effect, many German brewmasters still adhere to the earlier versions of the Reinheitsgebot as a matter of German pride and tradition. Breweries that adhere to the Reinheitsgebot rely on the art and craft of their brewer to turn a short list of ingredients into a variety of beer styles.
Our seasonal beer for August is Sommer Weizen. A darker, maltier version of the Weizen bier with the same banana and clove characteristics. It’s less sweet, but has a wonderful roasted flavor. (6.3 % Alc. by Volume)
Join us for the keg tapping celebration! All parades start at 7pm.