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Beer is now officially one of humanity’s greatest achievements


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

Next time you raise a glass of Belgian beer, rest assured and enjoy:It’s a cultural experience. UNESCO is adding Belgian beer to the list of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity."


Belgium is known throughout the world for its beer with wide array of tastes, from extreme sour to bitter, produced in just about every city and village across the west European nation of 11 million people.


At a time when many pubs are closing as overall beer consumption declines, such international recognition is more than welcome.


Sven Gatz, who went from being head of the Belgian Brewers Federation to becoming Culture Minister for the northern region of Flanders, compared the recognition to winning the World Cup.


"We love our beer and appreciate the endless diversity within it, something that can’t be equaled anywhere else in the world," Mr Gatz said. "In Belgium, beer doesn’t have to give way to wine or other drinks in terms of quality and diversity."


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