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Craft Beer in Germany

Beer is one of the most important parts of German culture, being Germany the 3rd country in the world in beer comsumption, just after Czech Republic and Austria. Beer making in Germany is also heavily influenced by the Reinheitsgebot—also labelled as the German Beer Purity Law—that was enforced in 1516, limiting the ingredients that could be used to produce beer to four—water, barley, hops and yeast.

Although the law was repealed in 1987, it still heavily influences beer industry in Germany, dominated by wheat beer—syles as Weizenbock, Wheat Ale, Witbier or Berliner Weisse. This has limited the influence of the craft beer movement until recently new breweries like Freigeist Bierkultur, BRLO or Camba Bavaria have emerged claiming a mixture between revisiting old forgotten styles and brewing international styles.

German beer brands

  • BRLO

    BRLO is a German brewery founded in Berlin in 2014 by Katharina Kurz, Christian Laase and brewmaster Michael Lembke. Its name comes from the Slavic word brlo that means swampland and is in the origin of the name Berlin. Their motto is to bring new styles to Germany, a very restrictive nation when it comes to craft beer due to the 1516 German Beer Purity Law—Reinheitsgebot—, but also to reinterpret traditional German styles as Berliner Weisse or Gose. They have a brewgarden in the center of Berlin, the BRLO Brwhouse.

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