For many centuries, Belgium was not a country – it either was a part of an empire or was split into smaller, competing states. On this day in 1839, when European powers signed the Treaty of London, it formally moved from being part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands to nationhood, under the name the Kingdom of Belgium.
Today, this little country, with a population of just 11 million, punches well above its weight in beer. Enjoy a Belgian beer in true Belgian style today as a Kopstoot where it is accompanied by a shot of local genever.
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