German monastery recalls beer

18th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A German monastery that has been brewing beer since 1609 said Wednesday that it has recalled almost 20,000 litres (5,285 gallons) of its brew because of contamination concerns.

The Klosterbrauerei Ettal in Bavaria, southern Germany, which exports beer as far as France and Italy, said that two of the five beers its monks lovingly brew could have high levels of potentially dangerous nitrosamine.

It stressed however that the recall of the two beers, "Ettaler Kloster Dunkel" and "Curator -- dunkler Doppelbock", was "precautionary" and that drinking them posed no "direct danger to health".

The source of the contamination was a delivery of malt from a supplier, the Bavarian Brewers' Association said.

Ettal, founded in 1330 by Ludwig IV of Bavaria, is one of six monasteries in Germany that brew beer. All six are located in Bavaria, the association said.

Other monasteries have brewing operations on site or nearby that are operated by third parties, and there are numerous brands of beer that give the false impression they are brewed by monks, it said.

The monks in Ettal also distil seven different liqueurs flavoured with herbs and berries, grown locally or in the monastery gardens, and with honey from its beehives.

© 2011 AFP

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