What actually went into 19th century beer

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Who does not like a cool beer after a hard day’s work on a summer’s day…? ok, not everyone, but those that do enjoy more than just the taste. It is a drink that since earliest times has signified the purest and mildest form of the drug alcohol. Purest? The Germans enacted a law in April 1516 that decreed their beer was simply malt, hops, yeast and water — nothing else. It was only the EU that allowed that impure non-German beers — even suds made from, wait for it, rice (why, Budweiser, why?) — could be imported into Volksgemeinschaft of the beer fest.

At school we listened with envy as we were taught the reason kids in those olden times drank beer rather than water from an early age was not to numb the pain of medieval working conditions, but because the water was impure and the beer was…

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