Bruges brewery opens beer pipeline under the city

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Bruges brewery opens beer pipeline under the city

September 16, 2016 - 20:43
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Starting as from Friday 16th of September thousands of liters of beer streams under the streets of Bruges. The beer is brewed in the brewery De Halve Maan. Daily liters of 'Brugse Zot' and 'Straffe Hendrik' beer will be transported 3 kilometers underground from the brewery to the bottling plant.  "Until now our huge tankers had constantly to make their way through the narrow streets of Bruges,” says CEO Xavier Vanneste. “Which is no longer sustainable. This beer pipeline means that we’ll be able to remain in the city.”
For some beer addicts it just sounds like a dream come true.
 

The three kilometers long beer pipeline through Bruges is world's first

 
The beer pipeline was constructed in over half a year.  It runs from the brewing hall in the center of Bruges through a tube of 3276 meters to the bottling plant outside the city. At the famous Zand Square the pipeline is  even located at to 34 meters deep under a parking garage. There are two lines side by side, which contain alternately 'Brugse Zot' and 'Straffe Hendrik'.
 
 
Free beer for the rest of your life
 
The historical beer project costs about 5 million euro. Partly this project is financed through crowdfunding.
 
The brewery is organising a surprise party on September 17th  at 8PM in celebration of the opening of the beer pipeline.  
 
 
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