Top Out Brewery's Wheat Beer Features in Aldi's Scottish Beer Festival
Aldi's Scottish Beer Festival

Schmankerl, a Bavarian-style wheat beer from Top Out Brewery, is featuring in Aldi’s Scottish Beer Festival for the second time. ‘Schmankerl’ means ‘delicacy’ or ‘treat’ in the Bavarian dialect and is already becoming a popular Scottish wheat beer.

The Festival promotes 50 craft ales from Scottish micro-brewers, and runs from 14th May while stocks last, across 60 stores in Scotland. Schmankerl is brewed authentically with genuine Hefeweizen yeast; its blue and white label reflects the Bavarian colours, the region that produces the most diverse beers in Germany. In a video review, Simon Martin of Real Ale Craft Beer described Schmankerl as “a magical style of beer…”.

Top Out Brewery, just south of Edinburgh, was founded by Michael Hopert and Moo (Philip) Birch, and has been brewing unconventional craft beers since July 2013. Michael, Top Out’s head brewer, is German-born so has gone to great lengths to ensure that Schmankerl is an authentic Bavarian-style Hefeweisen. Michael uses his encyclopaedic knowledge of beer styles and trained palate to create some of the most delicious beers in Scotland.

Co-founder, Philip Birch, known as ‘Moo’, has used his practical inventiveness to get the brewery up and running and keep it operational, ensuring a constant supply of award winning beers. Moo also propagates yeast, a time-consuming process that ensures the beer is as authentic and delicious as possible.

Apart from brewing, Michael Hopert’s great passion is climbing and this is reflected in the story under-pinning Top Out’s craft beers: “All our beer labels have an Ordnance Survey map showing famous climbing routes ‘topping out’ in the ‘O’ of Top Out,” Michael says. “The map on Schmankerl shows the route up An Teallach, one of the most impressive mountains in Britain.”

An Teallach lies to the southwest of Dundonnell and overlooks Little Loch Broom, south of Ullapool, in an area nicknamed the "great wilderness". The route is about 12 miles and takes 7 to 11 miles. It provides a day of drama and views and the full traverse is a magnificent scramble which requires good mountain skills. If you want to stock Top Out’s distinctive beers, they are currently looking for more on-trade and off-trade distributors. Please contact Michael or Philip to place an order or for sample beers on 0131 440 0270 or info@topoutbrewery.com