Belgium, a country of beers

There are approximately 180 breweries in the small country that Belgium is, Breweries ranging from international giants to microbreweries. In 2016, UNESCO inscribed the Belgian beer culture on their list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

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Brewing beer in Belgium dates back to the age of the first crusades in the 12th century. Under the Catholic Church's permission, local Walloon and Flemish abbeys brewed and distributed beer as a fundraising method. The relatively low-alcohol beer of that time was preferred as a sanitary option to the not so widely available drinking water at that time.