Belgian beer culture recognised
Belgian beer culture can henceforth call itself “immaterial cultural heritage”, following a recent UNESCO decision. According to chairman of Belgische Brouwers (Belgian Brewers), van de Perre, “Belgian beer, the breweries and its beer culture, are so tightly woven into society that it is an inseparable part of the Belgian identity. Belgian beers connect the Flemish, Walloons and citizens of Brussels in a shared identity”.
In cooperation with the Belgian brewers, the sector federation has been actively involved in the promotion of Belgian beer abroad. The representative of the sector federation indicates that this recognition is “highly important for the international appeal of our country and our catering businesses”.
The Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz, considers the decision an “important moral boost for our country’s beer culture”.
Highly noticeable is the fact that the UN organisation particularly appreciates the attention Belgium pays to excessive alcohol use. Additionally, measures taken by Belgium to protect its beer culture, the promotion of that culture and the foundation of an observatory to protect the diversity of the art of brewery and its recognition in the country were all reasons that played a role in the culture’s recognition.