By Maureen O'Hare, CNN

(CNN)You can drink in the amber glow of the pyramids, admire the cool, refreshing Iguazu Falls or climb the foamy white tops of the Canadian Rockies.

But there's no cultural experience quite as invigorating as a chilled glass of beer, if last's week addition of Belgian beer culture to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list is anything to go by.
"Making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage of a range of communities throughout Belgium," says UNESCO.
In a nation of just 11 million people, almost 1,500 beers are produced there using different fermentation methods, from sour lambics to malty dubbels.
2016's been a landmark year for Belgian brews.
In September the world's first beer pipeline opened in Bruges, itself a UNESCO World Heritage site, connecting the Halve Maan brewery in the city's historic center with a suburban bottling plant.
But how do the world's other great beer nations stack up? We asked the experts about 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.
"Everything from the matching glasses to the care and reverence with which it's poured, to the fact that they have extremely unique styles which can only be brewed in those areas."
The Belgians closely protect their industry and treat their produce with respect; beer-makers around the world have clearly taken note.
Roger Protz, British beer writer and editor of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, puts the unique character and rich diversity of Belgium's beer culture down to the country's position at the heart of western Europe.
"What we used to call the Low Countries, which are now Belgium and the Netherlands, have been invaded over the centuries by so many people," he says.
"It was part of the Spanish Empire at one time, the Germans have invaded, the French have invaded. They've all brought with them their distinctive beer cultures."
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