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First Beer Pipeline

Special Report "Cheer for Beers"
Belgian Beer Pipeline Special Report by Brussels Bistro
16 Mar

First Beer Pipeline

It’s not a Fantasy anymore: World’s First Beer Pipeline

Have you heard? Brugge is the official city in Belgium that now has the world’s first beer pipeline which transports Belgian beer underground through the city from its brewery to the bottling plant. The pipeline officially opened on September 2016 and has already created quite a stir around the world.

The two-mile pipe connects the Halve Maan brewery in the city’s historic center with a bottling plant in the suburbs. To not disturb the beer process and flavor, this practical idea allows the beer to slowly flow through the pipes instead of having the trucks thundering daily through the cobblestone town and narrow streets of this medieval town.   The pipeline means the brewery can stay in its current location within the town center, where it has been brewing for the past 500 years.

Pipeline in Bruge from Brussels Bistro

So who would pay for this pipeline?

The pipeline was partly financed by a crowdfunding campaign, which raised more than 300,000 euros ($335,000) of the four million ($4.5 million) needed. Halve Maan said it set a record for crowdfunding in Belgium. We were told by our tour guide that people were contributing to the crowdfunding campaign and and in return, they would receive up to a case of beer per month for their lifetime.

Brewery in Bruge The Half Mann

At Brussels Bistro, it was important to have a closer look and so our Cheers for Beers blogger headed off to Bruge to check out this amazing pipeline. Of course, we have great pictures and an interesting video of our tour to share. Please enjoy and Cheers for Beers.

brewing belgian beer in bruge

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