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THIS IS a tale of a Bavarian village and international trade. Aying is about 15 miles southeast of Munich, Germany; its population is 4652. Belying this diminutive size, it’s the home of Brauerei Ayinger, brewers of great Bavarian beers. Nearby is a wonderful hotel associated with this brewery, Brauereigasthof Hotel Aying.

I visited the hotel and sampled Aying Bräu-Weisse beer for the first time as part of BMW’s introduction of its third-generation M5 in 1998. I enjoyed the setting so much—and the car as well—that I returned on my own during one of my episodes of what I call early retirement.

The restaurant’s refined Bavarian cuisine celebrates dishes like Heissgeräucherte Entenbrust (hot smoked breast of duck) and Frische Reherl in Kräuterrahm (fresh chanterelles in herbal cream). I learned recently from its website,, that the hotel now offers a brewing seminar as well as a cooking school, the latter taught by senior chef Josef Rampl.

The Brauereigasthof Hotel Aying has been refurbished in 2009. Its restaurant is consistently named one of the best 400 in Germany.

Ayinger’s Bräu-Weisse is a hefe-weizen, a beer in which significant portion of the malted barley is replaced with malted wheat (weizen). Also, the yeast (hefe) is left traditionally unfiltered giving the beer a cloudy appearance—and, to me, an especially healthy taste.

A beverage like Ayinger gives beer a good rep.

So, years later, here I am wandering through our local Bristol Farms market in southern California. And—more than 5900 miles from tiny Aying—among its choices of beers is not only Ayinger’s Bräu-Weisse but its Ur-Weisse, a dunkell weizen, and even its Celebrator Doppelbock, a special-edition double bock beer.

All three of Ayinger Brewery’s wonderful beers travel just fine, thanks.

Let us celebrate international trade. Prost! ds


  1. carmacarcounselor
    September 20, 2012

    Damn. Type 2 diabetes is a bear. Unless they make a non-alcoholic version, I am SOL.

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