Breweries "Visited"

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Busy Day of Local Beers

Beer #238 Gageleer / Gageleer CBVA, Oud-Turnhout, Belgium

It's been a long, and fun day, so you get the brief wrap up and beer review and thing to think about and then it's time for bed, as there's more fun and adventure planned for tomorrow.  Stopped by two favorite local breweries today, Round Guys and Tired Hands, and finished with a quick stop into The Beer Shoppe, a fantastic new take-out beer place in Ardmore.  Whatever it is you like - I almost guarantee they have it.  As I write this post while sitting outside on our deck, there are fireworks happening somewhere near our neighborhood, and in between the crickets chirping, you can hear the faint sounds of a party/fair/event off in the distance.  Life in the suburbs is good, my friends.

The beer for today is the Gageleer, a Belgian strong pale ale which came on draft at TJ's this week.  It poured a hazy orange with a thin head, and gives off a floral aroma, with hints of bread.  The taste is dry, with notes of honey, fruit, and biscuit, with somewhat tart and bitter finish.  Very nice beer, and well worth your effort if you see this one on draft.

A decent pic from inside a bar?  Shocking!

Haven't found much info on the brewer, as even with Google translating the page from Dutch to English it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.  Gagel seems to have something to do with a shrub that grows in the area, but what that has to do with this beer or brewery I have no idea.  They do appear to be a small start-up outfit, currently contracting their brewing through de Proefbrouwerij.  Whatever works.  I did note this beer is organic, for those who seek out organic beers.  Hey, you learn something, you let me know.

Thing to Think About Today:
The track and field events are now underway, which means the Olympics have officially started.  Swimming and gymnastics are nice, but c'mon.  They aren't track and field.  If yesterday's thing to think about was courage and character, even when your dreams were just dashed in the blink of an eye, let's spend some time today thinking about the courage it must have taken Jesse Ownes to not just compete, but dominate at the 1936 Olympics.  You may recall those were held in Berlin, under the watchful eye of some dude named Adolf Hitler, who was hoping the games would showcase the superiority of the Aryan race.

Someone forgot to tell that to Owens, apparently, as he won gold in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and long jump, cementing himself as the greatest athlete of those games.  In fact, no one would win gold in those four events in one Olympics again until Carl Lewis.  A truly amazing accomplishment for someone who still faced tremendous racism in his home country, let alone Nazi Germany.

And if we're talking about courage and sportsmanship, we also need to think about Luz Long, a German long jumper and top candidate for gold in those games.  Long gave Owens advice in the preliminary rounds that helped Owens into the finals, where Owens set a new Olympic record with his final jump.  The first person to greet Owens and congratulate him as he left the sand pit?  Long, who had just been bumped to the silver medal.  Sportsmanship, indeed.

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