Don’t Knock the Dopplebock

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Not sure what sparked it, but I’m super into Dopplebocks lately. I picked up the Celebrator at Whole Foods and came home to discover that it has a 97 on BeerAdvocate, so I was really excited to try it. Ayinger’s Celebrator is malty and sweet with notes of caramel and coffee. It is a rich, full-bodied, brew that when poured creates a luscious head. All in all I thought this beer was delicious, the perfect beverage for a cold, winter night. Plus, one of the coolest things about the Celebrator is that it’s brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law, something that I actually just learned about in Beer for Dummies. The Reinheitsgebot Purity Law, passed in 1516 by the duke of Bavaria, guarantees that a beer is made with nothing other than malted barley or wheat, hops, yeast, and water. It was once a punishable offense in Germany to brew beer with ingredients other than these! Although this is no longer the case, German brewers still adhere to the Reinheitsgebot as a matter of tradition. So interesting! Why don’t they teach that in World History 101?

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