Saturday, April 22, 2006

Germany's most successful law

Not to mention national holiday.

On April 23, 1516, Duke Wilhelm IV proclaimed a law that would outlast all others in German history: the beer purity edict. The decree declares that German beer may contain just four ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water. And on the basis of these select ingredients, German brewers have succeeded in crafting the finest beers, emulated the world over. On April 23 each year, beer lovers everywhere celebrate German Beer Day.

Who's up for a little celebration tomorrow after Mass?

Thanks to Mr. Sperl for the heads up.

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