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On our beer odyssey to Bavaria several years ago, Bruce was able to relive his beer coming-of-age experience. We took a ferry up the Danube River from the medieval city of Regensburg to Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg, where monks have been making beer at a scenic monastery at a bend in the river since 1050. Bruce is particularly grateful to these particular monks, as before living in their hood briefly during college, his previous drinking escapades had mostly involved Bud and Michelob.

Weltenburger is abundant in Bavaria, but is largely unknown in America. Slowly, however, the monks are making a name for themselves stateside. Their Asam Bock, a fantastic 6.8-ABV German doppelbock has long been available only at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits and, on occasion, at the Brickskeller. It’s with great pleasure, therefore, that we ran across it at D’Vines in Columbia Heights. At least several bottles were on hand last Friday—minus the one that we quickly nabbed for ourselves. A big thanks to D’Vines for stocking this fine brew. We hope other local beer sellers will follow suit, perhaps with a larger array of Weltenburger beers, all of which deserve a broader presence in the American market.