All German beers have one thing in common: The Purity Law. This means that beer should only be produced from hops, malt, yeast and water. Depending on the mixing ratio, there are many different beers. The Germans' preference for their beer also depends on where they live. While in the north people often drink tart and strong beers, in the south light and wheat beers are particularly popular. In the east, due to the proximity to the Czech Republic, Pilsner is often drunk, while in the west it is mainly top-fermented beers such as Kölsch (Beer which is brewed in Cologne/Köln) and Alt that are drunk. Fun Fact: Kölsch is the only ‘language’ which you can drink - it is both the name of a dialect and beer.
Belgium also has a world-famous beer culture: Unesco has listed it amongst the ‘Intangible heritage of Humanity’ (no less) in 2016. The variety of beers in Belgium is also impressive: pils (regular beer), krieks (flavoured with red fruits), Trappists (brewed by Trappist monks), blond, brown, white… Belgian people have so much choice that, when they travel abroad, they could be puzzled when the café’s drink card only lists… one kind of blond beer.
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