I was recently at my local bottleshop chatting with the buyer about Schwarzbiers and imports. Somewhere along in the conversation he points out a small row of modest-looking wrapped up bottles of Aventinus Doppelbock. There are some vintages from 2008 to 2012. All at a fixed price of $7.50 He says the brewery cellars the beer themselves before distributing out to vendors. We speculate it may be because there isn’t much high demand for specialty German beer anymore. Naturally, I grab a few 2008s and they tasted absolutely beautiful. I also found many 2009s at a local German import store. A few years back one of the distributors near me had various vintages of Stones Imperial Stout and some of the variants (i.e. the Belgian one with anise). They apparently needed to make room, so they shipped them out to every store around. Ended up scoring many a 4-year-old Stone RIS for retail price, and it was aged perfectly. Anyone come across any great aged beer at their LBS?