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Friday
Aug172012

ALTBIER

Commonly associated with Dusseldorf, but this top-fermented ale is usually brown and found all over the central west of Germany, in the region known as North Rhine-Westphalia.

Altbier means “old beer” and the Dusseldorfers have defied more recent German trends towards Pilsner-style brewing. Even though it’s an Ale, it’s still actually Lagered, so it has a bit of the old and a bit of the new.

Expect more fruit and less hops in the taste. Turn up in Dusseldorf in early winter and you may even find the seasonal Sticke (secret) version.

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