Beer Of The Week # 19 // Ayinger Celebrator


The Ayinger Brewery (pronounced “eye-ing-gr”) is a medium-sized German brewery located in Aying, Bavaria. Oddly enough, for some years a range of beer was brewed under the Ayingerbrau name by the Samuel Smith’s Brewery. Although the Ayinger logo was used, the recipes were different from those of the Ayinger Brewery, this relationship ended in 2006.

Dark, hazy brown in colour with a creamy tan head, this doppelbock has distinct notes of dried fruit, balanced with nutty and malt aromas, the latter of which carries through to the taste. Sweet and spicy, with caramel, chocolate and herb hints that make a complex yet smooth and creamy beer. Free billy-goat with every bottle. 33cl // 6.7% ABV // £2.30.



Beer Of The Week # 13 // Schneider-Weisse Tap 6


Two hundred years ago wheat beer could only be brewed by the Bavarian royal family, mainly as being the royal family they were free to make up laws as they saw fit. Though due to a steady decline in sales the then monarch King Ludwig II discontinued this style and sold the production rights to Georg I Schneider, thus founding the Schneider-Weisse brand that’s still going strong today now with the 6th Georg Schneider at the helm.

The oldest wheat doppelbock produced in Bavaria since 1907, this beer is dark-ruby colour in with a fine, creamy head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meets liquorice and roasted malt aromas. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish, ideal with game, chocolate desserts and blue cheeses. 500ml // 8.2% ABV // £3.99