Belgium has got its own beer pipeline now
Benjamin Franklin once said – Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. In what has made people’s beer dreams come true, thousands of litres of beer will be pumped below the streets of Bruges in Belgium from today.
Bruges is one of the medieval cities in Belgium, and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The old-world buildings have a charm of their own, making it a must-visit place for tourists. However, huge trucks carrying beer through these cobbled streets cause nothing but damage to these sites.
A 160-year old brewery in Bruges, De Halve Maan, has laid down world’s first undergrund beer pipeline to get beet from its bottling plant to the brewery. Xavier Vanneste, owner of the brewery, wanted to reduce the number of trucks which drove in and out of the beautiful city with beer.
The project was partly crowdfunded and took four years to finish. It wasn’t an easy task at all. The city’s officials were baffled when Vanneste first pitched the idea to them. However, Renaat Lunduyt, mayor of Bruges, saw how the pipeline would reduce the number of beer trucks driving in and out of the city everyday and made it happen.
The two-mile long underground pipeline can run enough beer to fill 12,000 bottles an hour. The pipeline, which began functioning today, will have enough booze to not just satisfy people in Belgium, but also give people around the world enough of their best export.
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