Large HOFLV Logo - For Dark Make Reservation

Tradition   /   September 12, 2016

Prost To The Purity Law

So what is this 500-year-old Purity Law and why is it such a big deal anyway? Let us tell you a little story.


Once upon a time unsavory ingredients such as roots, mushrooms and animal products were added to beer in order to raise profits. This was unacceptable to Bavarian co-rulers Duke Wilhelm IV and Duke Ludwig X. On April 23, 1516 they rose up against the impurities and declared:


“We particularly demand that in our towns, markets and in the countryside, only barley, hops and water should be accepted and used for brewing beer!”


The Reinheitsgebot, otherwise known as The Purity Law, came into existance.


But What About The Yeast?


Yeast is vital to the fermentation process, but that wasn’t exactly common knowledge in the 16th century. So the people prayed that the good Lord would make the process work. What was considered divine intervention also has a scientific explanation—the air contains yeast spores that can randomly land on beer foam, triggering the fermentation process. Who knew?


For the non-praying type, there were other solutions. For instance, brewers like to add the remains of a previous batch that already contained yeast particles. That did the trick, even though they didn’t really understand why.


Why Should You Care About The Purity Law?


The "purity" law does not mean that beers made elsewhere are impure, but it does mean that German beer is all natural. You won’t find any chemicals, preservatives, or fake process enhancers, such as artificial enzymes or yeast nutrients, or cheap sources of starch like rice and corn.


Whether it’s blond, dark, light or bold, a beer made in Germany is wholesome and delicious. Just check the label. A German brew always states: "Gebraut nach dem deutschen Reinheitsgebot" or "Gebraut nach dem Bayerischen Reinheitsgebot von 1516" which translate to "Brewed according to the German Purity Law“ or "The Bavarian Purity Law of 1516."


So now that you’re armed with knowledge of the the Purity Law, you can keep it yourself and impress your friends at the next party, or you can share this post!


Experience   /   February 21, 2017

Oh Yes, It's Ladies Night

Food & Bier   /   February 17, 2017

What’s A Schnitzel Anyway?

Experience   /   February 16, 2017

Go Behind The Scenes

Experience   /   February 14, 2017

Unmask the Celebration

Tradition   /   February 09, 2017

The Haus of Fame

Food & Bier   /   February 07, 2017

All Hearts Lead To Our Haus

Tradition   /   February 03, 2017

Words For The Birds

Experience   /   February 03, 2017

Get Your Group On

Food & Bier   /   January 31, 2017

A Twist of Fate

Experience   /   January 24, 2017

The Number One Reason To Love 13

Food & Bier   /   January 01, 2017

There's Magic In The Malts

Food & Bier   /   December 09, 2016

Eat, Drink and Be Hoppy

Experience   /   December 05, 2016

Now Boarding: An Amazing Experience

Tradition   /   December 05, 2016

Holiday Heroes and Vicious Villains

Food & Bier   /   November 24, 2016

Last One To Our Haus Is A Turkey!

Tradition   /   November 08, 2016

How Biergartens Came to Be

Experience   /   November 03, 2016

Hats Off To Donald

Oktoberfest   /   November 03, 2016

Oktoberfest 2016 Rocked Our Haus

Tradition   /   October 28, 2016

A Stein-tastic Voyage

Experience   /   October 25, 2016

Biergarten Of Eatin'

Oktoberfest   /   October 25, 2016

How Did Oktoberfest 2016 Add Up?

Food & Bier   /   October 20, 2016

Äpfels to Äpfels

Experience   /   October 13, 2016

Winner, Winner Chicken Dancer

Food & Bier   /   October 11, 2016


Oktoberfest   /   October 11, 2016

Tap, You’re It!

Oktoberfest   /   October 04, 2016

Who Wore It Best?

Food & Bier   /   September 30, 2016

Putting Our Best Shank Forward

Experience   /   September 29, 2016

Give Us A Shot

Food & Bier   /   September 23, 2016

Rouladen Rules!

Oktoberfest   /   September 20, 2016

As Wilson Phillips Says, Hold On

Food & Bier   /   September 18, 2016

We Put The Feast in Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest   /   September 12, 2016

A Parade, O' Zapft Is & Prost

Food & Bier   /   September 12, 2016

The Brew Behind Oktoberfest

Food & Bier   /   September 12, 2016

Maibock’s Magnificent Journey

Food & Bier   /   September 12, 2016

What Brew Brings Out Our Dark Side?

Food & Bier   /   September 09, 2016

Originality Is King

Food & Bier   /   September 09, 2016

A Slam Dunkel