Typically, downing a bunch of beers is a great way to end up not doing anything of cultural significance – unless you consider cursing out a slice of pizza you dropped in a gutter to be a culturally significant activity. But Belgium would like to think of its beer drinking as being a bit higher-brow. The country has filed an application with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO) asking the agency to add Belgian beer culture to its Intangible Cultural Heritage List. No wonder Belgian beers get served in those fancy glasses.
According to the UPI, the Belgian brewery association, who filed the application with UNESCO, claims that, in its country, beer is about more than just intoxication; it is a rite of passage. “It plays a role in daily life, as well as festive occasions,” the UPI quotes the application as saying. “Almost 1,500 types of beer are produced in the country including by some Trappist [monk] communities.”