Beer is an important part of Germany’s culture. For years, the product was brewed according to a law called Reinheitsgebot, which only allowed malt, hops and water to be used as ingredients. Germany’s production has been governed since 1993 by the Provisional German Beer Law. This permits beer manufacturers to include additives, too, but only in top-fermented beers. A World Health Organization report issued in 2004 ranks Germany on 4th place in terms of beer consumers per capita, behind Swaziland, Ireland and the Czech Republic.
Germany’s beer market is centralized up north. Nearly 50% of all German breweries are located in Bavaria. Throughout the whole country, there are over 1,300 breweries and roughly 5,000 beer brands. Aufseß has the world’s highest beer density, and it is located close to Bamberg City in Bavaria. Germany’s oldest brewery is Benedictine abbey Weihenstephan, which was established in 725, so it’s also the oldest in the world.
Of course, we can’t talk about Germany’s beer without mentioning its festivals, too. Oktoberfest is an annual beer festival in Munich, Bavaria that lasts for about 2 weeks.
Huge quantities of beer are consumed during this time of the year; according to recent statistics, over 7 million liters are served throughout the duration of the festival.