Weizenbock-tapping on Ash Wednesday
While the lovers celebrate the Day of Love, this year on Ash Wednesday, and spoil each other with flowers, chocolate and all sorts of written poetry, you can get spoiled at MAHR’S BRÄU – not only for lovers – with the finest, fresh-tapped Weizenbock and thus celebrate – traditionally on Ash Wednesday – the tapping of our Weizenbock, which has rung in Lent for more than 20 years in Wunderburg.
Punctually at 10 o’clock for “Frühschoppen“ (the early morning pint), the first invited guests arrive from near and far in Wunderburg’s rustic tavern, along with the regional fans of this extremely drinkable, dark bock beer, with its steep, but well-tolerated 7.2%. They are all here to celebrate MAHR’S annual tradition.
From table to table, you can hear people saying, “Subber isser wieder!” (Franken slang for “They’ve done it again!”), and “Prost!” rings out from the next table. “There’s a hint of banana,” and pairs perfectly, “to simply everything,” or “hardly bitter,” one declares, and the “hops from Herbsbrucker are what make it so fantastic,” remarks another guest. Enthusiasm spreads and there is a warm and cordial atmosphere. Then it is midday, the start of a vibrant hustle and bustle, which takes over the rustic tavern. With “Schäuferla und Kloß“ (smoked pork and potato dumplings) – everything from regional suppliers and prepared with love – people meet up, cross paths with old friends and make new ones. Many are there, again and again each year, while others are there for the first time. You can here it in the ranks that many have a lot in common, like members in a brotherhood. They’ll be back again. The Weisser Bock wins them over. Then again at 10 o’clock at night the tables are filled and the bock beer flows in their glasses. Satisfied faces leave the tavern, one or another carrying a six-pack in hand. “Another good year,” or “See you next time,” they remark as they leave.
The sad part: even friendly days like this must come to an end. The good thing: the bock beer also comes in bottles with a new label and time-tested taste.
(*Translated from original German text into English by UCCB International)