Interesting beer laws and regulations

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  1. Beer is mentioned in the laws of the ruler of Ancient Babylon Hammurabi, which were compiled in 1700 BC. Paragraph 111 sets out the rules for lending beer.
  2. In 1516, the Duke of Bavaria Wilhelm IV issued a law on the "purity of beer". Only a drink consisting of three ingredients: hops, barley and water could be called beer. Thanks to such strict rules, Bavarian beer was considered one of the best in the world. True, 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 who drinks beer while standing cannot take more than three sips in a row. The violator faces a penalty in the form of a fine. It's hard to imagine - who is counting the number of sips?
  4. Nebraska bars will only sell beer if soup is ordered with it. By the way, a curious incident happened recently in the city of Lincoln of this state. Farmer Kyle Simpson inspected his site after the flood. Suddenly he saw a refrigerator, which was carried out by water onto the field. And when the farmer opened it, he saw that it was filled with beer.
  5. Beer lovers in Holland need to stock up on beer in advance for the weekend. The thing is that beer sales are prohibited on Sunday. Interestingly, this restriction does not apply to other alcoholic beverages.
  6. Beer is considered a national drink in the Czech Republic. There is a huge number of both beer lovers and breweries where it is produced. To avoid unnecessary competition in the Middle Ages, there was a law here: two breweries could not be located less than one mile from each other.
  7. Sometimes you feel like drinking a beer, but there is no suitable company. Elk cannot be used as drinking companions in Alaska. There it is forbidden to feed these animals with alcoholic beverages, including beer.
  8. UK law in pubs requires a glass to be at least 95 percent full of beer. But the other five percent may be foam. By the way, many visitors believe that this law infringes on their rights and demand to pour a full glass.
  9. In 2004, Ireland banned smoking in all pubs. The owners of these establishments expressed concern that they are threatened with ruin. In some pubs, the same customers have been coming for decades, moreover, they combine a glass of beer with a cigarette. How do you tell a regular visitor that this is now prohibited?
  10. A nimble bar owner in Kerala, India, has bypassed the law that such establishments cannot be located closer than 500 meters from state highways. He hired workers who surrounded the bar in a winding maze. Formally, all the rules were followed: the distance established by law, visitors pass through the maze.
  11. There is a very curious rule in Saskatchewan, Canada, where drinking water is prohibited in bars. This was probably done in the interests of the bar owners, why use water if it can be replaced with beer?