Non-alcoholic beer has become increasingly popular in Germany over the past ten years. But who shouldn’t drink it.
While breweries in Germany celebrate April 23rd, Beer Day – on April 23rd, 1516, the Beer Purity Law was promulgated, like the German brewers federation registered association reported – is International Beer Day on August 4th. For this occasion it has Federal Statistical Office issued a press release stating that non-alcoholic beer production has increased by almost 100 percent. In the following you will find out why alcohol-free is not the same as without alcohol and who should better avoid consumption.
Federal Statistical Office: Germans are drinking more and more non-alcoholic beer
According to the Federal Statistical Office, more and more Germans prefer to drink non-alcoholic beer. While it was 242 million liters in 2012, 474 million liters of non-alcoholic beer were produced in Germany in 2022. Thus, sales have almost doubled in the past ten years with an increase of 96 percent.
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Whether alcohol-free or not: in any case, you should not drink beer from a beer mug, but rather from a thin glass.
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Stiftung Warentest: How is non-alcoholic beer made?
How Stiftung Warentest reported, there are two ways to make non-alcoholic beer:
Cancellation of the fermentation process: The fermentation process is stopped before the alcohol content of 0.5 percent by volume is exceeded.alcohol withdrawal: After fermentation, the alcohol is removed from the beer.
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That’s why alcohol-free beer is not harmless
Up to a content of 0.5 percent by volume, beer in Germany can call itself “alcohol-free” – even if only one legal wine regulation exists, which says:
Products whose labeling and presentation use the term “dealcoholized” within the meaning of Article 119 paragraph 1 letter a sentence 1 number i of Regulation (EU) No. 1308/2013 may also state “alcohol-free” in the labeling and presentation carry. As soon as the existing alcohol content is at least 0.05 percent by volume, the statement “alcohol-free” must be supplemented by the statement “(< 0.5% vol)”.
The authorities only tolerate this for beer. It is therefore quite possible that supposedly alcohol-free beer is not really alcohol-free at all. Consequently, pregnant women should be moderate with non-alcoholic beverages, such as Eltern.de reported. In small quantities, non-alcoholic beer and the like are absolutely fine, even during pregnancy. However, dry alcoholics and children should avoid alcohol-free beer entirely, as the taste is similar to that of alcoholic beer and it is easier to be tempted.
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Fun facts about beer
Abroad, Germany is sometimes known for its beer. Even the Roman writer Tacitus called in his work “Germania” Beer as the main drink of the Germans: “Their drink is a juice of barley or wheat, fermented into a kind of wine.” The oldest surviving brewery in the world is the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan. In the year 725, St. Corbinian founded a Benedictine monastery on the Weihenstephaner Berg in Freising near Munich. On October 17, 1814, the parish of St. Giles/London was flooded with beer because the Meux’s and Companies Horse Shoe Brewery on Tottenham Court Road Barrel containing 610,000 liters of beer burst, triggering a domino effect: more barrels were destroyed and more than 1,470,000 liters of beer poured down the streets of London, tearing down houses and claiming eight lives.
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