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02-24-2005, 01:20 PM
Court deals blow to German beer law (500 year old purity law)
reuters | 2-25-05

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's nearly 500-year-old rules guarding the purity of beer have been dealt a blow by a court judgment allowing a small brewer to call its product "beer" even though it contains sugar.

Under Germany's so-called Reinheitsgebot ("purity law") of 1516, only beer made of grains, hops and water without any added ingredients has been allowed to be marketed as such.

But the country's top administrative court ruled on Thursday in favour of Brandenburg-based Klosterbrauerei who had wanted to call a dark brew "beer" on the grounds it was only sweetened with sugar syrup after fermentation.

The judgment ended a 10-year legal battle by the company to call its product beer.

It's madness! Madness, I tell you! /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

02-24-2005, 02:01 PM
Grrrrr !!!!

The world truly is going to hell in a handbasket.

Damn liberal judges.