Germany's Warsteiner Brewery has appointed Marston's Beer Co as its UK distributor. 

The privately-held brewer said today that the deal includes Warsteiner Premium Pilsener and König Ludwig Weißbier. The agreement comes into play in January. 

Richard Westwood, managing director of Marston's Beer Co, said: "The demand among consumers for true quality and German premium beer is rising."

In 2013, Warsteiner appointed UK brewer Thwaites to handle its distribution. The beer division of Thwaites was subsequently acquired by Marston's earlier this year.