North-Rhine Westphalia is known for steel industry, mines, dust and dirt. People still thinking about that region in those categories are totally wrong. There is the Rhine valley, lots of wooded areas and Westphalia mostly rural.
The name of the state already shows the diversity of regions put together. With the people in Cologne not loving their neighbors in Dusseldorf in a positive rivalry. With different beers (“Kölsch” and “Alt”) but a similar casual way of life and the people in Westphalia being seen as bullheaded.
Between Berlin and the Ruhr-Area there is a fight on where the best and real Curry sausage is made as there are two different recipes.
The Altbier is a dark beer that has a pleasant mellow flavor and can be found everywhere in Dusseldorf and the neighboring cities. Dusseldorf’s Old Town, by the way, is jokingly called” the longest bar counter in the world” for all their pubs and bars offering this local beer. Cologne offers “Kölsch”. It is a clear beer with a bright, straw- yellow hue, and has a prominent, but not extreme, hoppiness. It is less bitter than the standard German pale lager. In the Ruhr area “Pils” is brewed. In the East of the region, in Dortmund, more Export is brewed.