The Beer Purity Law and Its Problems under European Union and German Constitutional Law

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Poonthep Sirinupong


The “Purity Law” is a regulation limiting the ingredients in beer in Germany. It is stipulated that beer be brewed using only malt, hops, yeast and water. Over the past few decades, this half-millennium-old rule has faced enormous challenges to its existence. The impact of accession to the European Community and the development of internal constitutional law have forced such limitation to be loosened. Moreover, the craft beer boom in the past few years has led to proposals to repeal the law and replace it with the “Naturalness Law”.

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