“Making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage of a range of communities throughout Belgium,” says UNESCO. In a country of just 11 million individuals, about 1500 beers are produced there using different fermentation methods like sour iambics and malty dubbels. Remarkably, 2016 has been a landmark year for Belgian brews.
This article will further discuss how experts responded to what’s brewing worldwide.
The UNESCO favorite: Belgium
“There is absolutely no doubt that Belgian beer has had a huge influence on the rest of the world’s brewing scene,” says British award-winning beer and food writer Melissa Cole.
The global beer-makers have clearly noted that Belgians defend their thriving industry by treating their products carefully. Their beer culture possesses a unique character and rich diversity which positions them at the heart of western Europe.
The monolith: Germany
Germany ensures the drink’s high quality by stopping the addition of chemical nasties. In other words, it means that artificial flavorings like rye, herbs, spices, coffee or fruit are prohibited.
“I think Germany is changing, certainly in Berlin. Younger brewers are saying, ‘we’re not putting up with this,’ and are openly challenging the government.”
In terms of experimentation in artisan beer, says Protz, “I think Germany will be the last bastion to fall!”
The one to watch: China
China is certainly the world’s largest beer market but their progress hasn’t been that impactful. However, with the nation now growing its own hops, it’s predicted that they’re transitioning from the bland lagers they have been brewing for a long time.