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Belgian City to Install a Revolutionary Underground Beer Pipeline


The scenic city of Bruges will boast a beer transportation system that is the envy of the world.

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The city of Bruges will implement an underground transportation system carrying 6,000 litres per hour. Photo via Shutterstock

To keep beer delivery trucks from soiling its scenic roads, the Belgian city of Bruges has approved plans to construct a revolutionary underground beer transportation system.

These plans involve a 3 Km underground pipe connecting a bottling factory to the 500-year old De Haalv Maan brewery. The cost of the project has not been revealed, but brewery CEO Xavier Vanneste says it will be well worth it: “The beer will take 10 to 15 minutes to reach the bottling plant. By using the pipeline we will keep hundreds of lorries out of the city center.”

Planners believe that the pipeline will keep 500 trucks off of the roads each year. The system’s will also boast an amazing speed of 1,500 gallons of beer per hour. The only other place in the world that currently transports its beer underground is Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where a 5 Km beer pipeline connects to bottling plants and serves beer directly to bars and restaurants all around the city.

But Xavier Vanneste emphasizes that the development of Bruges’ system is for philanthropic reasons: ”The idea is born of environmental and quality of life concerns, and not economic ones.”