Interesting beer laws and regulations

Posted on May 8, 2022      400

1. Beer is mentioned as early as in the laws of Hammurabi, the ruler of Ancient Babylon, which were compiled 1,700 years before our era. Paragraph 111 establishes the rules for lending beer.

2. In 1516, Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria issued a law on the “purity of beer. Only a drink comprising three ingredients - hops, barley and water - could be called beer. Because of these strict rules, Bavarian beer was one of the best in the world. However, with the development of the global economy, it is almost impossible to comply with this rule. Many beers brewed in Bavaria do not comply with this law.

3. In the American city of Lefors (Texas), there is an unusual law: a person drinking beer standing up can not take over three sips in a row. The violator faces a penalty as a fine. It’s hard to imagine-who’s in charge of counting the number of sips?

4. Nebraska bars will only sell beer if they order soup along with it. By the way, a curious incident happened recently in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. Farmer Kyle Simpson was looking over his property after a flood. Suddenly, he saw a refrigerator that had been swept away by the water into a field. When the farmer opened it, he saw it was full of beer.

5. Beer lovers in Holland for the weekend should stock up on beer in advance. The thing is that on Sunday the sale of beer is prohibited. Interestingly, this restriction does not apply to other alcoholic beverages.

6. Beer in the Czech Republic is considered a national drink. There are a huge number of beer lovers and breweries where it is produced. To avoid unnecessary competition in the Middle Ages, there was a law: two breweries could not be less than one mile from each other.

7. Sometimes you want to drink beer, but you don’t have the right company. In Alaska, you cannot use moose as drinking companions. There, these animals may not drink alcoholic beverages, which include beer.

8. According to the legislation of Great Britain in pubs, the glass must be not less than 95 percent full of beer. But the remaining five percent may comprise foam. Incidentally, many visitors feel that this law infringes on their rights and demand a full glass.

9. In 2004, Ireland banned smoking in all pubs. The owners of these establishments expressed fears they were in danger of going bankrupt. Some pubs have had the same customers for decades, combining a glass of beer with a cigarette. How do you tell a regular customer that this is no longer allowed?

10. A smart bar owner in the Indian state of Kerala got around the law according to which such establishments cannot be located closer than 500 meters from state highways. He hired workers who surrounded the bar with a winding maze. Technically, all the rules were met: visitors walk the legal distance through the maze.

11. The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has a very curious rule: it is forbidden to drink water in bars there. This is probably done in the interests of the bar owners. Why drink water when you can replace it with beer?