Does beer – and by extension also food – really form the glue which holds Belgian society together? Alan Hope investigates.
Former Belgian prime minister Yves Leterme once said Belgium was an accident of history, with the only thing holding its disparate communities of inhabitants together being beer, the monarchy and the Red Devils national football team.
Leaving aside the football team, whose current good fortunes do seem to have inspired the whole country, and the monarchy, of whom the same can hardly be said, this inaugural edition of Belgian Beer & Food magazine decided to ask the question: does beer – and by extension also food – really form the glue which holds Belgian society together?
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