Fall is the season of Oktoberfest and beer festivals and to toast the season, the Burns Law Library has mounted an exhibit to commemorate the Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law adopted in Bavaria in 1516. Considered to be the oldest in force brewing law, the decree issued by Duke of Bavaria Wilhelm IV limited the ingredients in beer to just water, barley, and hops. The law also protected publicans from high prices and prohibited brewers from adding toxic or dangerous adjuncts to their brews. While the law is still in effect in Germany, many craft breweries around the world proudly proclaim that they follow the letter of the law as an indication of the quality and purity of their beer.
The exhibit explains the development of the law and includes historical depictions of the brewing process. View the exhibit on the first floor of the Burns Law Library in the display case directly opposite of the Circulation Desk. It runs through November.