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What is the Reinheitsgebot?

The Reinheitsgebot is the German purity law of 1516 that states that beer shall only be made with grain, hops, yeast and water.

What is an Adjunct in brewing?

An Adjunct is an unmalted fermentable ingredient, like honey or sugar, that is used to increase the alcohol or add flavor to the beer. Adjunct grains, like corn or rice, can be added to lighten the flavor of beer as well.

What is a ‘Dry Beer?’

In the late 1980’s, Asahi Brewery of Japan refined a brewing process that fermented virtually all the sugars in their beer. It was described as having less aftertaste and actually sold well for some time. Other breweries around the world began brewing ‘Dry Beers’ of their own, but the style was only briefly popular in the United States. Dry Beers still have a following in many parts of Asia.

Originally published in the Trivia Time section of our monthly Micro Brew News, featuring Fordham Brewing Company from Annapolis, Maryland.