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Belgian Brewery’s Underground Beer Pipeline Is Nearly Finished

Just waiting on the transatlantic beer pipeline now

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An underground pipeline built to deliver beer to the people of Belgium is almost complete. When local brewery De Halve Maan, or The Half Moon, moved its bottling facilities two miles away from the center of Bruges in 2010, it created a transportation pickle, and its solution came from the brewery's owner, Xavier Vanneste, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Vanneste came up with the idea to build a pipeline to facilitate transportation of the beer and to get rid of the need for trucks rambling through the city streets, as previously reported. The brewery crowd-funded for the pipeline, offering three levels and plenty of rewards for investing, including varying amounts of free beer for life.

Once it is complete, the two-mile pipeline will be able to deliver 1,500 gallons of beer to the center of the city at a rate of 12 miles per hour. It's buried about six feet deep in most places, but goes as deep as 100 feet in some places, depending on the location. It's also made of extra-tough polyethylene tubes, so no, you can't secretly tap into the pipeline.

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