Flickr/Wolfgang Staudt

Belgian beer innovation number 68,789,132.

As if Bruges needed another way to seem like a magical fairyland, it's about to get a beer pipeline.

The city council just green-lit Brouwerij De Halve Maan's plans to ferry suds through an underground tube from its center-city brewery to its bottling plant on the outskirts of town.

CEO Xavier Vanneste told Belgium's Het Nieuwsbladsaid (link in Dutch) that the beer's three kilometer (1.86 mile) trip will take 10 to 15 minutes through polyethylene tubes, at a rate of 6,000 liters of beer per hour. The pipeline is expected to take hundreds of delivery trucks off the roads, and its cost will be footed entirely by the brewery.

Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association in the U.S., noted that this is not only an unusual solution, but an unusual problem. It's rare for breweries to operate in a location separate from their bottling facility, since transporting kegs is an added expense. "But in places where there's limited real estate, I can see how that's an option," he said.

He also added that Bruges' pipeline isn't the first he's heard of: Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland uses underground tubes to ferry beer from its brewery to its pub across the street.

May no one ever knock that city ever again.

Top image courtesy of Flickr user Wolfgang Staudt.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Pittsburgh's skyline
    Equity

    Can a 'New Localism' Help Cities Transcend Gridlock?

    Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak talk about the model of collaborative urban leadership in their book The New Localism.

  2. People are pictured inspecting beer.
    Life

    Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America

    Corporate goliaths are taking over the U.S. economy, yet small breweries are thriving. Why?

  3. Orange traffic cones save parking spaces on a neighborhood street in South Boston.
    Life

    The Psychology of Boston's Snow Parking Wars

    In Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia, an informal code allows residents to claim a parking space after shoveling it out. But the practice is often at odds both with the law and with the mores of changing neighborhoods.

  4. Equity

    Where Amazon HQ2 Could Worsen Affordability the Most

    Some of the cities dubbed finalists in Amazon’s headquarters search are likely to see a greater strain on their housing market, a new analysis finds.

  5. A woman attends a rally in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston in December 2016.
    Equity

    Massachusetts Could Become a Pot Sanctuary

    A bill in the state legislature would protect cannabis users from federal enforcement, not unlike sanctuary policies for immigrants.