Why This Giant Barrel of Beer Is Being Blessed

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Belgian brewers paraded a barrel of ale down the streets of Brussels for the annual blessing of the beer on Friday.

The procession culminated in a special Mass in the Saints Michael and Gudula Cathedral, where a priest said a blessing over the barrel as part of a tradition that dates back to the 11th century.

The service supposedly guarantees good beer for the year ahead.

Beer and religion have a long history in Belgium, where monks have been brewing beer for over 1,000 years. 

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