When anyone mentions Belgian Ale people tend to think of only a couple of styles of beer. Most folks’ recollection of what’s available is blonde and brown. It’s akin to asking a rural mid-westerner about American beer… well, there’s Budweiser and there’s Miller and then there’s Coors. Oh, and there’s lite beer, too. As we all know, that certainly doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. Same goes for the Belgians.
When one discusses the history of punk rock in the United Kingdom, Scotland usually doesn’t spring to mind. I guess London gets all the notoriety being the center of the panic-button politics from which the punk scene emerged: affordable housing shortages, garbage strikes, racial tension and police brutality.
When I think of the history of military aviation a few iconic images come to mind. The eponymous “high and tight” haircut, olive-drab flight suits, black and white battle footage from WWII, that one really cool episode of “Amazing Stories” with the belly gunner, unfortunate Kenny Loggins songs that will never go away…
Belgian monks are a resilient bunch. War, poverty, famine and plague have had little effect on these guys over the centuries. It may be argued that if it wasn’t for them beer wouldn’t be the beverage we all know today. See, Belgian monks were among the first to recognize the importance of hops.