A brewery in Belgium has officially opened the world’s first BEER pipeline.
In 2010, the Bruges-based brewery Halve Mann enjoyed a huge bump in popularity. After a successful refurbishment and redesign, they were forced to expand and built a huge new bottling facility on the outskirts of the city, 3 km away. This meant that 4-5 times a day, a huge beer tanker would make the journey from the brewery, through the old cobble streets and past countless listed building, to its bottling plant. But, fears grew from the brewery and the wider community that these huge tankers will eventually impart irreversible damage on to the city and they needed a solution.
Now, in late 2015 they’ve embarked on a groundbreaking project to install a beer pipeline to replace the use of tankers. Now complete, the world’s first beer pipeline stretches a full 3 km from the brewery to the bottling plant in Bruges and can pump beer at a rate of 7000 pint an hour.
The whole project cost a total of £3.4million (750,000 pints) and was part-privately-funded, part-crowd-funded. Contributing to the cause got you beer, brewery tour or in the case of one contributor/Bruges resident – a lifetime of free beer. A dream come true! Others wrote to the brewery applauding the idea and offering for the pipeline to run under the street outside their house, in exchange for their own private beer tap in their house – the ultimate dream. This ground breaking beer pipeline paves the way towards that dream and we thank Halve Maan for taking us one step closer towards a more perfect world.
Photo by @gidbrugge