Dortmund and the art of brewing

The scent of hops and yeast fills the air. It’s warm, almost humid, as hot steam rises from the copper brew kettle. It’s hard to imagine that the thick wort boiling away will one day become a cool, blond - or amber - beer.

Although the days are long gone since Dortmund beer was renowned the world over, the city has held on to its great brewing tradition. If you’re someone who’s not just interested in the consumption of beer, but would also like to learn more about how it’s produced, why not make your trip to Dortmund an educational one?

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First, the theory: Dortmund Brewery Museum

A glass wall in the Brauerei Museum.
© DORTMUNDtourismus A glass wall in the Brauerei Museum.

Everything you need to know about the history of beer is to be found here at the Brewery Museum in Steigerstrasse on the northern side of town. The museum is located on site at the DAB Brewery where all of the Radeberger Group’s Dortmund brands are brewed.

Their brew masters have devised a system whereby the recipes are rotated to produce the whole range of famous Dortmund beers, including Brinkhoff’s, DAB, Union and Hansa. Visitors can watch all this going on live.

And, if you’re a fan of retro and vintage advertising, check out the museum’s collection of old TV commercials for Dortmund’s favourite brews.