25 May Reinheitsgebot Party
Here at WEST, we are proud of our adherence to the Reinheitsgebot, the German Purity Law of brewing. The law, introduced in Bavaria in 1516, is considered to be one of the world’s oldest food regulation laws. It prescribes only the use of four basic ingredients in brewing – water, malt, hops, and, once its importance in brewing was recognised, yeast.
As 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the law, we wanted to honour the occasion in the most memorable way. With the brand new Courtyard as the perfect location to throw a party, we celebrated in grand style with two days of festivities at WEST On The Green.
First up was our Community Brew Day, where members of the public entered a social media contest to spend a day brewing with our master brewers. Seven excited and impressively knowledgeable beer aficionados turned up on the morning of April 22nd, and were enthralled as brewer Simon took them through the brewing process of our Munich Red, then gave them the chance to make up their own recipe. The result was an experimental ‘Hopfen-Weisse’, which will be showcased at the upcoming North Hop Glasgow Event on June 18th.
On Saturday the 23rd, the Reinheitsgebot’s official birthday, we hosted an all-day party complete with live music, hourly brewery tours, beer talks, and tastings. Four different beer talks focused on the different ingredients used in brewing and food pairings for WEST’s favourite beers. Music from local band The Vibes was a hit, and after the success of the event we’ve vowed to host many more gigs in the new Courtyard!
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