Breweries in the Rhine Ruhr region are justifiably proud of the quality of their beer as well as the so-called Reinheitsgebot (Purity Decree) from 1516, an early consumer protection initiative. The law states that no foreign substances may be present.
Seen by many as just one way to protect the national brewers, it took aggressive counter initiatives to allow beers to be sold from other countries that do not reach such high standards. Either way, local and regional brewed beer is excellent.
Generally, preference in the south and east is for lighter beers (Pils and Kölsch), in the north west for dark beer (Alt). Consumers decide and will debate personal choice till the end of time. In Dortmund, a museum celebrates the production process and influence on the city.
The same excellent beers on tap in the breweries are also available from barrels in many pubs (Ausschank) across the region.
Beer is interwoven with the culture of the Ruhr Metropolis and the region looks back on a long and successful brewing tradition. Breweries can be found in Bottrop, Essen, Oberhausen, Duisburg and Dortmund, also host to the Brewery Museum covering the production process.
The remaining brewery in Neuss is known as "Im Dom" and offers beer brewed according to the so-called Reinheitsgebot (Purity Decree) from 1516, an early consumer protection initiative. Beer here is an excellent example of the local dark regional brew known as "Altbier".
It has taken aggressive counter initiatives to allow beers to be sold from other countries that do not reach the high standards of the beer brewed under the German purity decree. Most say the local dark beer traditionally brewed in the city of Düsseldorf is some of the tastiest available.