Review:

The hotel is owned by the brewery and located just across street from it. Brewery tours are possible but must be arranged in advance. The hotel's reception area is small and unimpressive. From it a door leads to the restaurant, a corridor wanders away in another direction and there is a stairwell to the first floor, no lift. We carried our own bags up.

Our room though pictured in the hotel's brochure, is showing some wear. The room is simply furnished. The bed has night tables and at one end of the room a solitary and not very comfortable couch folds out as an extra bed. There are no end or coffee tables. On a minibar sits a small TV set which receives only local channels. The room's few bits of unfinished wood furniture bear the dings and marks of several years of use. The forest green carpet needs replacing and the couch and bed spread are a drab green and burgundy plaid. Two windows look out to the street fronting the hotel. On the plus side of the ledger, there is a walk-in closet and in the tiled bathroom the toilet is separated from sink and tub/shower by a sliding door.

But we came mainly for the fresh beer and the food (the hotel's kitchen gets the Michelin red "Menu" for "good food at moderate prices") and those counts we can be more positive. The cozy, low-ceilinged dining room is very attractive and appears to have been recently redone. Naturally, it features many wood beams and light wood furnishings. There are wide, orangish floor tiles, blue tablecloths, plus candles and fresh flowers (daffodils and yellow tulips the night we were there) at each table, and a large, hooded fireplace near the entrance. The large tables are well-spaced and the low-voltage halogen light fixtures are recessed in the paneled ceiling.

First, of course, we ordered a Helles, the light brew that fuels Bavaria. Aying calls theirs Jahrhundert, in recognition of the brewery's centenary in 1978. With the beer we divided an appetizer of Carpaccio (razor thin slices of raw beef) with oil, capers and shavings of fresh horseradish which made for an extraordinary dish rather than just a good one. Also scattered over the plate were tiny squares of crunchy, pickled pumpkin which added yet another dimension of unusual taste. Geschnetzeltes (chopped veal in a cream sauce) with slices of mushrooms and bits of red bell pepper came up a little bland. The Rösti served with it was thin and oily, more like a potato pancake; good, but the Swiss variety is much better. Zwiebelrostbraten at Brauereigasthof Aying is a thin but juicy piece of beef the size of a New York or ribeye steak and comes heaped with thin slices of deep fried onions. The latter were a bit soggy but the meat was tender and not overdone.

Accompanying cheese Spätzle sprinkled with a few of the onions was outstanding. Mixed salads were the usual shredded portions of carrots, celery root, cucumbers, and two or three varieties of fresh greens in a nice oil and vinegar dressing. Though not on the menu, a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream with a boat of hot Schokolade was cheerfully provided with two spoons. Service was friendly but a little inattentive. Dinner for two including four beers was 107.50 DM ($59).

Afterwards, we crossed the street to Liebhard's, another operation of the Aying brewery, where we sampled mild wheat beer and pilsner. At 10pm the big open room was full of locals. We found no fault with either of the beers. Next morning, after a good breakfast from a decently-stocked buffet, the young woman on duty volunteered to take us back to the "station" where we caught a train to the Munich Hauptbahnhof.

While the Brauereigasthof Aying has some charm, as a hotel it seems overpriced. The somewhat offhand welcome was friendly but with no more warmth than at a busy airport hotel: your-room-is-up-the-stairs-here's-the-key-let-us-know-if-you-need-anything. It is the brewery connection that no doubt keeps the prices high; similar rooms in most ordinary German towns of this size would rent for half the price. The restaurant, however, serves good food and beer at reasonable prices.

Street Address: Zornedinger Straße 2
City: Aying
District:  
Country: Germany
Phone: +49.8095.9065-0
Fax: +49.8095.9065-66
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Website: brauereigasthof-aying.de/
Quality: Rating: 2 stars
Value: Rating: 1 star
Price Level: $$$-
Type: Hotel