Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tag des Bieres - Day of Beer

April 23 is known as the Day of (German) Beer. On this day in 1516 the Beer Purity Law was enacted. This law, the Rheinheitsgebot proclaimed that the only ingredients allowed in beer were water, barley, and hops. More about the Rheinheitsgebot here.

Though the law has changed over the years, the anniversary of the signing of the Rheinheitsgebot in Ingolstadt is still celebrated. The areas largest celebration is in Bamberg from 11am - 5pm at Maxplatz in the heart of the city. Munich (2.5 hours from Nürnberg) celebrates German Beer Week beginning with Tag des Bieres and even has a beer fountain with free beer for visitors! Ingolstadt (45 minutes from Nürnberg) celebrates all weekend long with the Fest zum Reinen Bier.

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