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  Life   Food  03 Dec 2016  UNESCO says Belgian beer is heritage

UNESCO says Belgian beer is heritage

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Dec 3, 2016, 12:33 am IST
Updated : Dec 3, 2016, 6:33 am IST

UNESCO lauded the Belgian drink for playing an important role in the country’s daily life.

Romain Nicolu arranges beer bottles in his beer shop in Brussels. UNESCO is adding Belgian beer to the list of the
 Romain Nicolu arranges beer bottles in his beer shop in Brussels. UNESCO is adding Belgian beer to the list of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". (Photo: AP)

For those who swear by it, drinking beer is an experience unlike any other. And Belgian beer’s popularity when it comes to the tipple guzzling population is unlike any other. Now, UNESCO has stamped its approval on Belgian beer, by adding it to its “intangible heritage list”.

In a post that also announced the New Year ceremony of Navroz to be a part of the list, UNESCO lauded the Belgian drink for playing an important role in the country’s daily life, as well as festive occasions. The post also lauded the part beer plays in cooking and producing products like beer-washed cheese. “Knowledge of the element (the making of Belgian beer) is shared in the home, social circles, breweries, university and public training centres,” it read.

The history of the Belgian drink goes back centuries to times of medieval monks, and almost 1,500 types of beer are produced within the country as well as outside it. So the next time you take a swig of your favourite beer that originated in Belgium, take pride in the fact that you’re drinking a part of cultural heritage —

UNESCO approved.

Tags: unesco, food, belgian beer