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Belgian beer added to UNESCO heritage list

By Rachel Arthur+

05-Dec-2016
Last updated on 05-Dec-2016 at 12:00 GMT2016-12-05T12:00:07Z

The Belgian city of Bruges is known for architecture, chocolate & beer. Pic:iStock/artJazz
The Belgian city of Bruges is known for architecture, chocolate & beer. Pic:iStock/artJazz

Belgium’s beer culture has joined traditions from around the world on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Almost 1,500 different types of beer are produced in Belgium, using various fermentation methods. Certain regions are known for their particular beers.

Beer is also used in creating products such as beer-washed cheese and can be paired with foods to complement flavors.

“Making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage of a range of communities throughout Belgium,” says UNESCO. 

“It plays a role in daily life, as well as festive occasions.

“Besides being transmitted in the home and social circles, knowledge and skills are also passed down by master brewers who run classes in breweries, specialized university courses that target those involved in the field and hospitality in general, public training programmes for entrepreneurs and small test breweries for amateur brewers.”

Other entries on the cultural heritage lists include French gastronomy; Chinese calligraphy; and the tango in Argentina/Uruguay. 

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