On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay took off from North Field airbase on Tinian (near Guam) in the West Pacific. The flight from Tinian to Japan took about 6 hours. The plane was carrying "Little Boy."
At 8:15 A.M. Hiroshima time, the bomb was released. It took 57 seconds to fall from 9855 meters to 600 meters, and then it detonated. The blast was equal to about 13 kilotons of TNT. The area of total destruction was about 1 mile, with fires that spread over 4 square miles, 90% of Hiroshima's buildings were either damaged or completely destroyed.
During the war, Hiroshima was never bombed. It was a perfect environment for the U.S. to see what kind of devastation would come from the nuclear bomb.
About 70,000 people died instantly. Thousands would die later from burns and radiation poisoning.
The United States is the ONLY COUNTRY to use a nuclear weapon.
As to the beer, it was chosen as it has a nuclear blast (it appears) on the bottle. It's a saison brewed by Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York; just a short distance from the baseball hall of fame.
I first had this beer on August 24, 2007; at Skot's birthday party.
Belgian pale & pilsner malts w/ Styrian Golding for bittering and Saaz for aroma. Ginger predominates the spicing. Fermented in primary with Ommegang's house yeast, followed by secondary with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Dry-hopped in secondary w/ a blend of hops; Tettnang being the stand-out. The flavor profile is very herbal with an earthy undertone (very fitting for a Belgian-style farmhouse ale). The dry finish and pronounced hop aromas hide the 8% abv very well. Dangerously drinkable for its strength and character.
(picture borrowed from the Underhill-lounge)