Dark beer in Dortmund

Dort­mund is one of those places whose name is famous amongst beer geeks, but  where it’s hard to find any very excit­ing beer.

We did track down Hoevel’s Orig­i­nal, though, which we found inter­est­ing. It’s anoth­er one of those Ger­man local brands which has its own town sewn up but which you don’t see any­where else. Every build­ing, bus stop and bill­board in town has one of their glossy adverts fea­tur­ing a seduc­tive nymph.

Their brew­ery tap (see Ron’s pub guide for details) dish­es up the beer in per­fect nick. It’s served in a cus­tom glass (we love cus­tom glass­es) which they call a ‘Vic­to­ria’ – tall, and the shape of a trum­pet bell. To all intents and pur­pos­es, it’s an alt bier, being brown, nut­ty, fruity and alto­geth­er very like a smooth, tasty best bit­ter. Not real­ly worth going out of your way for – the alts in Dues­sel­dorf are bet­ter – but, as they say in Ger­man adverts, “Mmm­m­mm.… leck­er.” That is, tasty.  There’s also a cloudy ‘zwickl’, which was a bit home-brewy.

In con­trast, we also tried one of the local ‘pre­mi­um pil­sners’ which, in the case of most Ger­man brands, is a euphemism for ‘very bland lager’. Brinkhof­f’s No 1 is prob­a­bly the most bor­ing beer we’ve ever had. It had less flavour and body than tap water. Worse than Cruz­cam­po. Sheesh.

Our hol­i­day arrange­ments were pret­ty chaot­ic this time so we stu­pid­ly failed to pick up on Bergmann as rec­om­mend­ed by Adep­tus. If you are going to Dortmund/Muenster or any­where in that region, make sure you check his blog before you go!