Just four ingredients.  That's it. 

We brew all our beers according to the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law) from 1516, the oldest food law still in force. The Reinheitsgebot requires that only water, malt and hops may be used. Yeast was added later after its role in fermentation was discovered by Louis Pasteur.

Our head brewer and founder, Martin Virga, obtained his brewmaster certificate from the world famous Doemens brewing academy in Munich, Germany. 

Martin worked for a number of German breweries and then returned to the United States to work for G. Heileman Brewing Company. He helped to start Capitol City Brewing Company in Washington D.C. and after a few years left to start Ellicott Mills Brewing Company with the beer brand Alpenhof, in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Martin has now founded Gunpowder Falls Brewing to continue his quest to make some of the best German-style beer in America. He limits the variety to focus on brewing truly remarkable beer and still uses just four ingredients.