Saturday, December 20, 2008

Days of the Beer, December 20

The beer for today is Flossmoor Station Panama Limited Red Ale.

On December 20, 1989, United States forces invaded Panama to overthrow the government of Manuel Noriega (am I supposed to say "strongman" I think so). The invasion was codenamed Operation Just Cause.

The invasion began at 1 a.m. local time. It involved 57,684 U.S. troops and more than 300 aircraft. These forces were deployed against 46,000 members of the Panama Defense Force. The US lost 24 troops and had 325 wounded. The estimate of Panamanian military dead was 205. Estimates for Panamanian civilian deaths were between 2000 and 5000.

The General Assembly of the United Nations voted 75-20 with 40 abstentions to condemn the invasion as a flagrant violation of international law.

As to the beer:

Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery is located in Flossmoor Illinois, about 5 miles off of interstates 57 and 80. Flossmoor Station was named the 2006 Small Brewpub of the Year, and brewer Matt VanWyk was named Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival.

Our Panama Limited Red is a hoppy, robust yet smooth amber ale brewed with nine different malts and four types of hops. With its deep amber color and rich malty body, our Panama Limited Red will smoothly transport you into the wonderful world of complex and flavorful handcrafted beers.
Panama Red doesn't seem to be one of the bottled offerings from the brewery, so it would only be available there, or if you pick up a growler. Pullman Brown, Stationmaster Wheat, and the IPA are available at Archer Liquors, and at other locations.

So for the invasion of Panama, have a Panama Red.

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