Beer - the kings choice
Beer, which was brewed by classic German technology, is recognized as one of the best in the world. And no wonder, because in Germany the kings themselves had a hand in development of beer technology. Other great people did not know how to cook it, but loved to drink beer.
Gambrinus – fabulous Flemish king, who is credited with the invention of beer. This name comes from Ian I, Duke of Brabant (1251 – 1294), who received the honorary presidency of the Brewers Guild Brussels; therefore in the boardroom guild was placed his portrait with a glass of frothy beer in his hand.
April 23, 1516 Bavarian Duke Wilhelm IV issued a decree on beer purity, which is in force since 1919 in Germany. The decree states that beer can be brewed using only malt, hops and water. So, the first world law, protecting quality of a food product, was born.
The Pope, in due time, allowed the Bavarians drink beer during Lent, when the other alcoholic beverages were prohibited. A Bavarian King Frederick Barbarossa in their laws 12th century considered beer “liquid bread” and included it to staple foods.
Wives of great men such as Martin Luther, Goethe, brewed beer at home for their beloved husbands.