Die Berliner Weisse is a cloudy white beer of around 3% abv. It’s a regional variation on white beer styles from Northern Germany, dating back to at least the 16th century. It can be made from combinations of barley and wheat malt. By the late 19th century, it was the most popular alcoholic drink in Berlin with 50 breweries producing it. By the late 20th century, there were only 2 breweries left. The style has been given Protected Geographical Indication within the EU, where it may only be applied to beers brewed in Berlin. Authorities trace its origins to a beer from Hamburg which was copied and developed by 16th century brewer Cord Broihan. His Halberstädter Broihan became very popular, and a version was being brewed by the Berlin doctor J.S. Elsholz in the 1640s. Frederick Wilhelm encouraged the spread of the beer through Prussia, declaring it as “best for our climate”, and having his son, Frederick the Great, trained to brew it. A popular story is that Napoleon’s troops dubbed it “The Champagne of the North” in 1809. The 2 remaining Berlin breweries, Berliner Kindl and Schultheiss, are owned by the Dr Oetker Group. The drink is typically served in a bowl-shaped glass with a shot of Himbeersirup (raspberry syrup) or with green Waldmeister (woodruff) flavoring.
WWII and Korean War Veteran, Justus Belfield, 98, spent his last full day on earth in his U.S. Army uniform, lying in bed at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia with his wife Lillian in her own bed next to him.
Belfield had been in the facility since April 2013. Lillian was already a resident when he moved into the facility to be with her.
He spoke three languages: English, French, and German. After World War II, the center said Belfield also took part in the “Berlin airlift”, which dropped food and supplies to the people of West Berlin. He also fought in the Korean War.
Ailing health kept Jay, as he was better known, from making October’s Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials. Instead, Leatherstocking members presented Belfield with an Honor Flight t-shirt in his room at Baptist Health.
When asked what he always wanted to do, Belfield put on his application to the center that he “always wanted to stay in the military.”
He was known to be very proud of his 17 years in the service. His favorite season was spring, and he was an avid gardener.
The center said staffers knew Belfield as always being positive, and ready to give out a salute to everyone – as seen in the photo of him taken by staff. They captured the photo of him saluting on Veterans Day.
“Thank you everyone for your kind words,” she wrote. “My grandfather was very proud to have served his country. Our family is sad of his passing, but we know he is with the Lord now. Thank you again, the family of Justus Belfield.”