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Bruges Built an Underground Beer Pipeline to Curb Traffic

Bruges Built an Underground Beer Pipeline to Curb Traffic: 'In Bruges'

'In Bruges'

As Brendan Gleeson’s character Ken observes in In Bruges, the beloved, beautiful city of Bruges is like a fairy tale. But now it’s hit some kind of next-level benchmark by running a pipeline of beer beneath its quaint cobblestone streets.

Home to the De Halve Maan brewery, Bruges also plays host to some notably bunk traffic. That’s why the brewery, with its darling brewhouse in the city center, couldn’t really build its new bottling plant in the actual picturesque town. It’s not the biggest of municipalities, so a second facility wound up two miles outside the city, once brewery leader Xavier Vanneste noticed cable networks being laid into the earth and figured, hey, why not booze?

With its summer opening, the beer pipeline has saved everyone trouble. By not adding an entire fleet of tank trucks making the back-and-forth trek from brewhouse to bottling facility, De Halve Maan didn’t flood the town with unruly, unbearable, unfathomable traffic.

Because this is 2016, the $4.5 million high-density polyethlyene project picked up $335,000 from online crowdfunding (rewards maketh the donor), and after three years, it’s finally coming to its glorious unveiling. 1,060 gallons of delicious beer can flow from bottling plant to brewhouse in a single hour, with a full batch taking anywhere between 1.5 and 3 hours.

The world needs more booze tech. Alcohol makes the coolest reason for any innovation. I hope beer hookups replace water fountains soon.

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