Craft beer has come a long way over the last 500 years. As palates change, so have the craft beers that continue to fill the pint glasses of men and women all over the world. In conjunction with the 32nd Annual Main Street Fest, A Craft Brew Experience, we will also celebrate the Beer Purity Act.
Decreed in 1516 by Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria, the Beer Purity Act, also known as Reinheitsgebot, declared that the only ingredients allowed in beer making were barley, hops and pure water. This is the oldest law governing food and beverage and was issued to achieve the following goals:
• To prohibit the use of cereal grains normally used in bread making (wheat, spelt and rye) to make beer, in order to prevent famine in years of poor harvests. Note: only barley was allowed.
• To protect the health of beer drinkers by prohibiting the then customary use of health threatening bittering and seasoning agents. Note: only hops were permitted.
• Yeast was not included because it had not yet been discovered!
Main Street Fest in Grapevine may be the only craft beer festival in the United States to commemorate this anniversary. And it is definitely the only one that will feature Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria who will be on-site each day to tap a keg and sign autographs. As an added bonus, we have partnered with Delta Air Lines to offer one lucky winner the opportunity to win a trip for two to Munich and Ingolstadt, the home of Bavarian brews. No purchase necessary. Participants can enter at the North or South Gate at Main Street Fest or at the Delta Air Lines booth during festival hours. In partnership with the Ingolstadt Tourism and Convention Bureau (ITK GmbH), the Main Street Fest Beer Purity Act Sweeptstakes includes:
Make plans to be a part of this history-making experience and witness a reading of the Bavarian Beer Purity Act, watch cask tappings, and meet Duke Wilhelm IV in person!