Germany's reinheitsgebot and brewing in the 20th century.
The import-restricting aspect of Germany's so-called purity law has recently been challenged by other Common Market countries for impeding the free movement of goods between member states of the EEC. Germany's reaction to the EEC infringement procedure is reviewed as well as her defence argument in relation to brewing method practised in other parts of the world. An outline is given of the historical background and fundamental elements of the purity law since its promulgation in 1516.
Keywords: beer European Economic Community history import legislation Reinheitsgebot