Back in the 1500s, Germany instituted Reinheitsgebot -- the Purity Order -- to regulate
how beer was made. Among other things, it specified that the only ingredients that could be used to make beer
were barley, hops and water. It wasn't until it was discovered, in the late 1800s, that yeast was added to
(Yes, some people add those additional ingredients; we're talking about "pure beers", here --
those indicated as such on our menu.)
An interesting thing about "pure" beers is: when you think you taste a bit of chocolate, or coffee, or
lime, or the scent of lilacs or other wildflowers, or pepper or any number of other flavors -- none
of those are ingredients added to the beer; it's all part of the magic of mixing the barley and hops.
The wisdom of continuing to follow "German Purity Law", as it's sometimes called, is a point of some
controversy, with one school of thought suggesting that the idea is well past its prime.
We're not about to argue that point -- and there are certainly many interesting beers with not-pure-beer
ingredients -- but we will say that our personal preferences tend toward more "old fashioned" beers. For
that reason, the "staples" in our offerings are almost all the best variations we can produce using "old
school" techniques, and "pure beer" style.
NOTE: Modern versions of the law allow for grains other than barley, which can take things pretty
far afield. While some of our beers include non-barley grains, when used as a designator here, "pure beer"
means "made in The Old Ways" without modern adjucts -- what we interpret to be in the spirit of
Reinheitsgebot. By way of example, our Leftenant Pepper's English IPA contains both barley and rye, though
we consider it "pure beer".
And just because it's not pure-beer doesn't mean it's bad! A lot of delicious things can be made by adding fruit,
nuts and a variety of other things to the beer, and we'll absolutely produce some of those. As we grow, we
plan to have a sort of "beer of the month" with our latest explorations, or something similar. But, for now,
as we're setting out, we're going to stick with making the best beer we can using the style of the original
craftsmen who perfected the art form.
Check back now & then to see what's new! Our
has, in addition to our current offerings, an "in the fermentor" section so you can see what's coming down