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1000-1500 - Middle Ages and Renaissance

Commerce. Regulation. Beer.

After the rough-and-tumble days of the Dark Ages, Europeans began to settle down into their Middle Ages. Booming towns and trade created the need for some more stable governance of active commerce. Brewers were among those to organize into trade guilds. In Bavaria, they enacted the Reinheitsgebot, or Beer Purity Law of 1516, to delineate what could and could not go into a brew. In fact, royal appointments - basically, permission slips - were required for brewing a wheat beer, since wheat wasn’t among the new law’s few approved ingredients of water, barley and hops.

1000-1500 - Middle Ages and Renaissance