German brewers seek UN world heritage status

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Germany has been known for its beer culture for centuries, but now
some of the country's top brewers want their five-century-old purity
law to be given world heritage status by the United Nations' cultural

But beer consumption in Germany is actually falling, and some people
say that is due to strict laws which limit the ingredients brewers can

Brewers have applied to Unesco for their Reinheitsgebot law to join a
list of "intangible heritage" that includes Spanish flamenco and
Turkey's Kirkpinar oil-wrestling festival.

Steve Evans reports.

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