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Belgium to get its first beer pipeline

Construction of the three-km-long pipeline, in the medieval town of Bruges, will begin next year

Bruges: Tired of delivery trucks rumbling near its mythic canals, Belgium’s medieval town of Bruges has approved the construction of a beer pipeline to link a five-century-old brewery to a bottling factory nearby.

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Beer has been brewed at De Halve Maan brewery for the past five centuries

The three-kilometre underground pipeline will link the De Halve Maan brewery in the heart of the ‘Venice of the North’ to an industrial park where the beer will be bottled and shipped to thirsty drinkers worldwide.

Company’s director, Xavier Vanneste, said, “The idea is born of environmental and quality of life concerns, and not economic ones,” he said.

The pipeline will keep 500 trucks out of the city’s cobblestone alleys every year, about 85 per cent of the town’s lorry traffic.

Beer has been brewed on the site for five centuries and 100,000 tourists visit the premises every year, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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