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    Germans Want Beer Purity Law Added to UNESCO List

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    The German Brewers Union has put in a bid to have the country’s beer purity law added to UNESCO’s list of the world’s intangible cultural treasures.

    The German Brewers Union has put in a bid to have the country’s beer purity law added to UNESCO’s list of the world’s intangible cultural treasures.

    Reinheitsgebot, the official German name for the standards, has been in place for over 500 years and dictates that only yeast, malt, hops, and water be used in the brew.

    Established in Bavaria in 1516 and officially put in place countrywide in 1906, it is the world’s oldest food regulation to still be endorsed.

    Required documents for securing the UNESCO designation were all mailed prior to the late-November deadline, so now all they have to do is wait for an answer.

    That is expected to come in no more than two years.

    Applications from each of the 16 German states will be reviewed and the final 34 sent along to the German UNESCO commission for the final decision.

    The competition will be stiff and it is already known that among the other areas seeking special recognition is North Rhine-Westphalia.
    [pan from Bavaria, Germany to North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany]

    As that’s where Beethoven was born, they’re seeking an intangible cultural heritage designation for the composer.