Some breweries have been kicking for so long, they could write their own personal history textbooks. Belgian Underground Brewing is not one of them -- it was founded just a few years ago -- but they are drawing from some fascinating old World War II tales in their venture, which aims to marry Belgian beers with Belgian Resistance lore.
Belgian Underground Brewing was started by three guys: Sheldon Lesire, Dale Coleman, and Eric Druliner. Sheldon is a Belgian-American whose Grandpa participated in the Belgian Resistance in WWII, and he was bummed to discover while growing up in Silverton, OR that no one on his block knew about those courageous rebels. But his childhood bud Eric was into the stories, and so was his father-in-law Dale, and all three of them were super into Belgian beers. So in a stroke of pure synergy, they decided to create a brewery that would introduce people to authentic Belgian-style brews and stories about the heroes of the Belgian Resistance. Because as everyone knows, history lessons go down much better with a nice cold ale.