The old town or Altstadt in German cities is sometimes a collection of gingerbread houses. Some of them are really old, having escaped the ravages of war and neglect. Some are replicas.
In Düsseldorf, there might be an old building in between, but the modernity of most of the houses means that this was redecorated by the Royal Air Force some years ago. But at dusk, with seasonal lights and decorations, there is even a traditional Christmas market, it is charming enough. This particularly applies to the beer halls.
My second brewpub is the Shumacher, five minutes walk from the first one. There is a private function of some sort taking most of their capacity, so I just order a beer at a table outside.
This beer, served in the same type of glass, has slightly less oak character. It is also served straight from the barrel, and it is rather flat.There is grapefruit and bitter oranges, and the reduced wood character means that the malty body is allowed out to play. Well balanced, would probably appeal to a broader public than the Alt at the Füchschen- but in this town they don’t seem to worried about beer being too tough.