Glasses of beer in the colours of the Belgian national flag are pictured on Brussels Grand Place, Belgium, November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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From brown ales to golden pilsners to the strong Trappist brews produced in monasteries, Belgian beer is enjoyed worldwide. Now, Belgium is asking the United Nations' heritage body to add its beer-making and drinking culture to a list of traditions worth protecting, saying that brewing fosters a unified identity in a country with three official languages.The country is home to nearly 200 breweries making 1,500 different beers, according to the trade association Belgian Brewers, which prepared Belgium's application. Submitted by Belgium's German-speaking region to UNESCO, the application says beer brewing improves the well-being of Belgian people by stimulating the economy, promoting local products and strengthening social ties.Belgian beer has a good chance after an advisory body recommended its inclusion.
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