My Dad graduated high school early to join the army, but first marrying my Mom, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He said he never fired a shot, mostly walked across Europe carrying his weapon. He was impressed that Zurich was very clean. I have a cool mother-of-pearl cigarette lighter that he traded something with an Austrian to get. That's about all he ever said about it. The GI bill put him through engineering school when he got back.
My Mom bought him that same rifle (M-1 or something?) for his birthday 30 years later.
Before she passed away, she gave me the cigarette case with her 1945 (?) photo and her letter in it that Dad carried with him during the war.
What this has to do with a great beer story I don't know, but I thought I'd add to the nostalgia.