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Germany's craft beer rebels chafe at 500-year-old purity regulation

A growing number of commentators are asking whether the law has outlived its usefulness


BAVARIAN brewer Tilman Ludwig has long adhered to Germany's Reinheitsgebot, a rule that allows only four ingredients in beer: water, malt, hops and yeast. As the 500th anniversary of the rule approaches this month, he's celebrating by breaking the law.

Mr Ludwig's 3Brew has...

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