German Beer Purity Law
A collective name for a series of regulations limiting the ingredients of beer in Germany and its predecessor states. The best-known version of the law was adopted in Bavaria in 1516. The law ensures beer will contain only high-quality products, protecting the public from poor standards and potentially inferior beverages with dubious or even toxic ingredients such as preservatives or flavorings. It is the oldest law still in force regulating a consumed product.
Brewers are relentlessly developing new beer styles from the ingredients stipulated in the purity law. We believe that consumers will always come back to the classics. Under this law, brewing is limited to only four natural ingredients, namely water, hops, malt and yeast.
Here at West Shore Brewing, we are always looking to celebrate “Old World” traditions in our beers and will offer this style when possible.