We entered Belgium from Luxembourg, driving a Citroen rented in Nancy, France, and soon took a side road to Bastogne, site of the turning point in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. The 10th Armored Division and 101st Airborne dug in and stopped the German counter-attack here; General McAuliffe responding to a surrender demand with one word, "Nuts." A corporal from Illinois in the 101st went to find water for wounded buddies; finding beer instead, he carried that life-sustaining liquid back in his steel helmet. To this day, Brasserie Lamborelle in Bastogne brews a brown ale, 7.5% abv, labelling it Airborne and serving it in a miniature helmet.
(Visited May 23, 2015)