Belgian beer culture in all of its aspects has been approved by the United Nations’ heritage body UNESCO for inclusion on the list of world intangible heritage. UNESCO accepted Belgium’s application, recognising that brewing fosters a unified identity in a country sometimes divided on linguistic lines.
This year’s additions to the list include Cuban rumba and the Mangal Shobhajatra festival in Bangladesh that celebrates the Bengali New Year. Last year, Arabic coffee and the bagpipe culture in Slovakia gained entry.
“The Unesco recognition is the pinnacle of the work done by countless beer brewers, beer lovers, beer promoters and zythologists who have lifted our beer culture to such a level that it is worth protecting,” said Isabelle Weykmans, culture minister for the German community. “This recognition will give Belgian beer culture even more gloss and attitude around the world.”