Belgian beer recognised as cultural heritage
UNESCO has decided to add the Belgian beer culture to its 'Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity'.
Approximately 1,500 types of beer are produced in Belgium. Historically, each province has its own quintessential breweries, which also use different fermentation methods. Partly for this reason, distinctive taste patterns can be detected which may vary depending on the region.
UNESCO is particularly impressed with the way the Belgian beer culture is intertwined with daily life. The use of beer in haute cuisine, for instance, drew high praise. Belgium's efforts in combating excessive alcohol consumption was also applauded.
In any case, this symbolic recognition is also a great boost for tourism in Belgium. After all, the gastronomic aspect is one of the main reasons tourists decide on a particular destination.
The beer culture is Belgium's eleventh form of intangible cultural heritage to feature on UNESCO's list. Previous additions include the Procession of the Holy Blood in Bruges and the Carnival of Aalst.