Why Belgian beers are taking the world by storm

Kristoffel is an ale brewed in the Abbey-ale style.

When it comes to beer, there are few countries in the world that does it as well as Belgium. It produces some of the most highly-rated beers in the world, and the country’s beer culture was even listed as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by Unesco in 2016.

So, it was a bit of a surprise to me when Fons Martens, managing director and eighth generation co-owner of Belgian brewery Brouwerij Martens Bocholt together with his brother Jan, said that about 80% of all beers currently brewed in Belgium are actually exported out of the country.

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