GERMANY SHOULD PRESERVE ITS UNIQUE, INTERNATIONALLY ACKNOWLEDGED BREWING TRADITION
A friend asked me to summarize briefly my post of yesterday defending the German Pure Beer Law (the Law).
The main points:
- The Law has an inferred justification rooted in palate even though there may be multiple reasons behind the original law of 1516.
- German beer on average reaches a high standard due to all-barley malt being required for lager beer.
- The gastronomic merits of all-malt beer have been recognized by experts, and tacitly by the German people for centuries.
- Germany should retain the law as a key component of its extraordinary beer heritage.
- Modern craft brewing in large part arose due to the great respect American craft brewers had for the Law. The recent influence of craft brewing in Europe is therefore not a reason to withdraw the Law; au contraire.
- Possibly the Law should be changed to allow German brewers to brew non-compliant beer. If so, the beer should have a special name with appropriate labeling to show it is in a special class, e.g. foreign or historical.
Note re image used: the image of malted barley shown is in the public domain, and was sourced here.