Duesseldorf part four (oops) — Brauerei Zum Schluessel

schluessel2.jpgOn Saturday night, we couldn’t get through the door of Brauerei Zum Schluessel. The pub was packed to the rafters and the street outside was crammed with football supporters celebrating a win. We cut our losses and came back for lunch on Sunday.

Duesseldorf’s pubs are arguably not as atmospheric at lunchtime. In the evenings, there’s a real buzz — they’re full of people of all ages crammed close together talking and laughing. Duesseldorf is a very touchy-feely place by German (or British) standards. But at lunchtime, they seem to be colonised, in the main, by middle-aged couples. There is a murmur of conversation, rather than the roar of jolly bacchanalia. This is still a pleasant atmosphere, but hardly exciting. A necessary compromise, though, which allowed us to sit down, eat and stroke our chins in nerdish appreciation of the beer.

Schluessel’s alt is a beauty. Ron isn’t kidding when he says it’s hard to choose between them — they all have their charms. This one was on the dry/bitter side, partly from hops and partly from some burnt sugar flavours. It also seemed to have a fuller body than some of its competitors.

But enough waffle — look at this:

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Hmm. That’s made us thirsty. We’re off to the pub. More tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Duesseldorf part four (oops) — Brauerei Zum Schluessel”

  1. Shouldn’t this be Dusseldorf Part 4?

    Looks like a pretty busy city to go drinking in if your experiences are the norm. I’m not a massive fan of Altbier, but like Kolsch I guess it should be tried in its homeland.

  2. We were just seeing if anyone was still reading…

    In our next post: how to recreate the authentic Alt experience without going to Duesseldorf. Well, some of it anyway.

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