To see my first tasting of Airborne click on either the embedded image below or the following link… https://youtu.be/nAG5wR_XEsM
N.B. The following was sent to me with two bottles of the ale. Before you read the Legend of Airborne it is important to remember that the Battle of the Bulge took place from 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1045. Carrying a helmet full of beer or ale under those conditions must have been beyond heroic.
Here is the story sent to me by the folks from Belgian Style Ales…
“In 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, the 101st Airborne set up a temporary hospital in a church in Bastogne. It was there that machine gunner Vincent Speranza found his good buddy — who requested something to drink. With most of the town destroyed, he eventually found a working tap at local pub, and then carried the precious cargo – in his helmet – back to the hospital. Thus, the legend of the Airborne soldier carrying beer in his helmet was born.”
“Fast forward to 2009. Airborne veteran Vincent Speranza was visiting the battleground for the first time since the war and was surprised to learn of Airborne beer — a beer brewed to honor the legend of an American GI who carried beer in his helmet. More surprised than Mr. Speranza was Brasserie Lamborelle, the Belgian brewery. The source of this legend was alive and drinking an Airborne beer for the first time!”“Airborne beer is brewed as a traditional Belgian Brown Ale with anise and clove on the nose. This extremely smooth approachable ale features flavors of (mild) integrated hops, cloves, and a touch of brown sugar. Unpasteurized, unfiltered and bottle-conditioned, it has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 7.5%.”
From Jim Wickenhiser of De Pinte Imports:
“Airborne beer has an incredible WWII history and a taste that delivers. We couldn’t be more pleased that BelgianStyleAles.com will make it available online to customers across the USA.”
Located in Cleveland, Ohio, BelgianStyleAles.com ships the widest selection of Belgian, Trappist and monastery-brewed ales to customers across the USA. VisitBelgianStyleAles.com to learn about the USA’s only online “one-stop-shop” and Belgian Beer of the Month Club devoted to Belgian-style ales. The toll-free number is (800) 472-0425. For more information, you can reach Jody Lathwell, Marketing Specialist shipping@BelgianStyleAles.com.