Does UNESCO really believe that the beer culture of Belgium is worth protecting over that of Germany?

At the end of November 2016, the eleventh session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took place. During this session, the decision was finalised to inscribe “Beer culture in Belgium” into the Representative List of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. In 2013, the German Brewer’s Association had launched a similar application for UNESCO […]

Set Theory, Existentialism and the Purity Law

Introduction The announcement by Stone Brewing Company to construct their new brewery in Berlin has resulted in a renewed look at Germany’s beer culture, including a recent article in The Economist, that I contributed to. In the discussion that followed a German Huffington Post article this week, several commentators joined in defence of the Reinheitsgebot: “Four ingredients force the brewer to show off […]