Fraser Valley raises a glass to world's first brewing law

Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Langley, B.C. – Calling all beer lovers: come raise a glass with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) brewing lab and 13 other local craft breweries to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first beer quality and food safety law in history.

The Purity Law, also known as the “Reinheitsgebot,” was enacted in 1516 as a way of protecting consumers from drinking hazardous beverages. At a time when there were no water safety standards, supplies were often polluted and people began drinking beer to stave off thirst.

“The goal was to protect the public from drinking poor standard beer,” said KPU brewing instructor Alek Egi. “It is the first and oldest consumer regulations law in food and beverage production.”

In recognition of the law’s 500th anniversary, KPU is kicking off a passport-style event by opening the doors to the university’s brewing lab at KPU Langley this Saturday, April 23 from 12-3 p.m.

Guests can pick up a complimentary Fraser Valley Craft Beer Passport at any participating brewery starting April 20. Individual breweries will offer their own celebratory promotions, with various specials or discounts. There will be beer on tap, tours and tastings at most participating venues. Visitors can also taste KPU Brew, tour the university’s brewing lab and enter to win $800 in swag and craft beer prize packs. Be sure to ask about some brewery trivia at each location and check the passport for contest information.

“This event is a fun way to celebrate the history of beer and connect communities with their local Fraser Valley craft brewer. We’re excited to have so many breweries on board with the Fraser Valley Craft Beer Passport and hope to continue collaborating on fresh, new ways to engage with the public,” said Betty Worobec, dean of KPU's Faculty of Science and Horticulture.

Visit the event website for more details, and check out the full list of participating breweries below.


Field House Brewing

Old Abbey Ales

Ravens Brewing Company 


Dead Frog Brewery


Four Winds Brewing 


KPU Brewing Lab 

Trading Post Brewing

Maple Ridge

Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

Maple Meadows Brewing Company


Big Ridge Brewing Co.

Central City Brewing

White Rock Brewing

White Rock

White Rock Beach Beer Company

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