• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Beer purity law proposed as UN world cultural heritage

The Local · 27 May 2011, 07:37

Published: 27 May 2011 07:37 GMT+02:00

"This almost 500-year-old law is one of the oldest food and drink regulations in the world," the German institute for pure beer (DIRB) said after its annual meeting this week.

"It has been the best guarantee for consumers for a very long time of an

absolutely pure, tasty and high quality product. Beer is and remains Germany's

national drink."

Germany's cherished beer purity law dates back to 1516 and ensures that the country's brewers can only use malt, hops, yeast and water and no artificial

additives such as flavourings or preservatives.

Germany however is not one of the 135 nations to have ratified the

convention for UNESCO's Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,

something which the DIRB said should change.

Items already listed by UNESCO include flamenco dancing in Spain,

Story continues below…

traditional carpet-weaving in Iran, the chant of the Sybil in Majorca,

wrestling in oil in Turkey and French food.

AFP/mdm

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

09:35 May 27, 2011 by Blyzz
According to the Wikipedia article on Reinheitsgebot (Purity Law), the law was passed on April 23rd 1516.

All the beers produced at the Namibia Breweries (in Namibia) follow the Purity law by choice.

I've also started a beer "club" in Cape Town that will celebrate April 23rd each year as one of the best reasons to spend time with friends.

I'm hoping to grow our numbers to a few hundred for the 500th anniversary in 2016. Wish me luck :-)
11:38 May 27, 2011 by The-ex-pat
This almost 500-year-old law" WAS" one of the oldest food and drink regulations in the world," the German institute for pure beer (DIRB) said after its annual meeting this week......A little known fact, that the beer producers like to keep quiet is, the Reinheitsgebot was repealed in 1987. Germany, as a member of the European Union, was forced by a court decision to change the law in order to allow free trade of goods within the EU. Since 1993, a new, more global market place beer law has been in effect.
14:34 May 27, 2011 by Reinheitsgebot-2
Right, they HAD to change the law.

But nobody can't stop German breweries still to adhere to this rule. And so they do. That is, most of them do.

Of course, some are not shy to mix abominations like "refreshing" ginger-banana-beer, but most beer sold is now labelled "In accordance with German Reinheitsgebot 1516".

It is still regarded a heritage.
14:50 May 27, 2011 by derExDeutsche
all you need to do is taste a 'Craft Beer' here in Brooklyn, and you'll know, that the Germans have a good thing going.
15:11 May 27, 2011 by BlueWolf
As much as I enjoy Mönschoff Kellerbier, there is always room for some good ol' English ales and beers (Wychwood Honey Beer, especially).
15:37 May 27, 2011 by sebastian2010
Why would anybody want to change that old law. I do not want cancer. I want healthy beer.
16:17 May 27, 2011 by Boban
In Canada, a few years ago, we had up to 55 different 'ingredients' in some of our beers. I'll take the Rheinheitsgebote of 1516 over our 'concoctions' or that American 'pee' anytime. Don't change a good thing, that's why my wife is still with me!!
19:58 May 27, 2011 by Englishted
I'm here and I love the beer, Weizenbier ,pils any and all .

They should do it to sausages as well.

I'm trying to eat and drink it all just in case they change the law (or thats what I tell the wife).

Good old U.N. you don't see that often anymore.
Today's headlines
Germany to tighten checks of soldiers amid jihadist fears
Photo: DPA.

The German army are planning stricter checks of their soldiers as officials fear that jihadists could be using the armed forces as a way to train.

New train line to cut 2 hours off Berlin-Munich trips
Photo: DPA

It has been 25 years in the making, but on Wednesday the rail line that is set to mark a new era for travel between Germany's capital and its economic powerhouse went live.

AfD leader attacked and beaten in Mainz
Uwe Junge. Photo: DPA

The leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Rhineland-Palatinate was attacked on the street on Tuesday evening by a group of young men.

100 flights cancelled due to Frankfurt airport security alert
Travelers being evacuated from Terminal 1 of Frankfurt airport. Photo: DPA.

UPDATE: Some 100 flights were cancelled on Wednesday at Frankfurt Airport after the major transfer hub went on alert because a woman had managed to evade security checks.

Record 125k people file suit against Canada trade deal
A leader of one of the groups opposing the trade deal stacks another box full of lawsuit documents, presented to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday. Photo: DPA.

More than 125,000 Germans have filed the largest citizen lawsuit in German history against the controversial proposed CETA trade deal between Canada and the EU.

Merkel: 'Germany will remain Germany'
Photo: DPA.

One year after Angela Merkel first declared "we can do this," leading to a huge uptick in refugees applying for asylum, the Chancellor reflected this week on her policies and the future of Germany.

Nazi beach resort ruin turned into luxury playground
Prora. Photo: DPA

One of the biggest relics left behind by the Nazis is undergoing a radical transformation on a German island, harnessing a property boom to become a luxury tourist destination.

Berlin plans to be first state to arm police with tasers
Photo: DPA.

Berlin's plans to arm police patrols with taser guns would make it the first German state to implement extensive use of the electroshock weapon.

Far-right AfD leader injured by flying frozen cake
Jörg Meuthen and a cake. Photo: DPA

The co-leader of the far-right AfD party was attacked with a cake while attending a political event on Monday. But the fact the dessert was frozen made the act "dangerous", according to the politician.

Underwater pensioner hunts boats on famed Bavarian lake
A passenger boat on Lake Starnberg. Photo: DPA

"I love chasing the ships, and what a great feeling it is when they sound the horn!" he gleefully exclaims.

National
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
National
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
National
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Culture
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Rhineland
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Culture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
Lifestyle
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
Gallery
Germany's 17 Olympic gold medals in pictures
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate
Society
Ten times Germans proved they really, really love beer
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Lifestyle
What's on in Germany: events for August 2016
National
Six things you need to know when moving to Germany
Travel
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
International
German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Technology
London v. Berlin: Which is better for startups?
Lifestyle
13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make
Travel
Enter if you dare: Berlin's best abandoned haunts
Lifestyle
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
National
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Technology
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
7,432
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd