Belgium, one of the largest exporters of beer in the world has come up with a beer pipeline that stretches 3 km long. The pipeline stretches from Bruges to a bottling plant right in the outskirts of the city. The brewery that installed this pipeline worked on the plan for 4 years and then it took 5 months of tight construction work to replace the heavily loaded trucks of beer that often block the narrow streets of this medieval city.
The Halve Maan brewery, (Half Moon in English) has been serving beer the good people fo Belgium for 5 generations now. Although beer was first brewed at his same spot in 1564. The Managing Director of the Halve Maan brewery told reporters that initially the plan was considered to be a crazy fantasy, even by all of them but when the saw local worker working underground, laying cables, they started getting interested.
Bruges had about 30 active brewers before the second World War, but Halve Maan is the only one which stood the test of time. The project that took more than 5 years of planning cost €4-million and has been partly funded by the Flemish regional government and crowdsources. Halve Mann collected about €3,50,000 while paying them in beer. The brewery also said that those who had paid more than €7,500 for the project are to get a bottle of Brugse Zot, their speciality.