What a difference a half millennium can make.
Since 1516, a Bavarian food purity law mandated that beer could contain only water, malts and hops. (When yeast’s role in brewing was discovered in the 19th century, it was added to the list.) Known as the Reinheitsgebot, this law helped ensure quality, consistency — and a bit of stodginess.
About 500 years later, craft breweries around the world experiment with ingredients, often producing terrific new beers. With few exceptions, though, these innovations are not coming from Germany... [click headline for more]