“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” A Bavarian must have said that. Way off! It was Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), one of the founding fathers of the US. He was right. Bavaria has the highest concentration of breweries in the world. Among Bavaria’s more than 620 breweries, there is a cast-iron law: beer may only ever be brewed from hops, water, malt and yeast. This is true today, just as it was 500 years ago. The Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 is the oldest food law in the world to still be applied.
In the summer, the beer garden is the Bavarians’ living room. Everyone can bring his or her own snack there. It is only the drinks that you have to buy from the host.