Belgium Unveils Underground Beer Pipeline

Beer might soon be flowing the streets of Bruges, Belgium—or, actually, under them, according to a report by Mashable.

In an attempt to reduce traffic and noise from trucks transporting beer from De Halve Maan brewery to its bottling plant two miles away, city planners have approved a measure to build an underground pipeline connecting the two buildings.

Supposedly a concept “born of environmental and quality of life concerns,” the duct is set to be paid for in full by the brewery, at no cost to the city. It will, however, drastically reduce transport time to the plant; it’s expected to take between 10 and 15 minutes for a draught to travel the length of the duct, which is set to carry up to 1,500 gallons every hour.

Surprisingly, this is not the first of such brew conduits to be built. The Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany has an approximately 3-mile pipeline that connects all it’s associated bars to a 52-kiloliter underground cooling station below the stadium. Talk about innovation at its finest. [Mashable][Image: Flickr/Wolfgang Staudt]