The De Halve Maan brewery in the city center of Bruges, Belgium, is building a 1 3/4 mile beer pipeline underground to its bottling plant on the outskirts of town.
The pipeline will carry about 1,600 gallons of beer an hour (bph) on a trip that should be less than 15 minutes.
The CEO of De Halve Maan, Xavier Vanneste, said the brewery currently uses tanker trucks to transport their beer to the bottling plant, but the narrow streets and many canals in Bruges make the journey difficult. "This beer pipeline means that we’ll be able to remain in the city,” said Vanneste.
The pipeline tunnel will allow De Halve Maan to continue to produce beer in Bruges as it has done for 500 years. The beer pipeline is expected to be completed this summer.
Anyone hoping for a pipeline spill will be disappointed, though. Vanneste said the pipeline's construction is very strong. "We are quite confident that no leaks or illegal tapping points will be there.”