German brewers demand Reinheitsgebot be recognized by UNESCO

A 16th century German law, Reinheitsgebot, laying out the purity of beer, should be included in UNESCO's list of famous traditions, according to the country's beer industry. Over 5,000 beers still carry the law's seal which requires that only water, barley, yeast and hops may be used to brew beer.

"It stands for the things you are thinking of when you think of Germany and beer and culture and friendship and all these positive things," says the German Brewers Association's spokesman, Marc-Oliver Huhnholz. "I think it's a traditional thing because it brings us together and holds us together as a nation within this more and more international lifestyles."