Belgian city approves underground pipeline just for beer

Belgian beer
Bruges, Belgium, will soon have an underground beer pipeline. Pictured is some Belgian beer at Little Bear in Los Angeles.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Bruges, Belgium, will soon have an underground beer pipeline. And it’s exactly what you think it is. Thousands of liters of beer will pump under the city, every hour. 

Bruges city leaders approved plans for the pipeline in an effort by a local brewer to reduce traffic caused by beer delivery trucks, reported City Lab

Beer maker Brouwerij De Halve Maan will use the pipeline to transport its products from its brewery 1.86 miles across town to its bottling plant. The beer will travel at a rate of 6,000 liters per hour and take 10 to 15 minutes to reach its destination. 

According to, the pipeline will keep 500 trucks off the city’s streets a year.


Brouwerji De Halve Maan is expected to foot the bill, and construction will start next year.

If the brewery is looking for tips on the new pipeline, they can always ask the Great Lakes Brewing Co. for advice. The Cleveland brewery uses a pipeline to transport its beer to a pub just across the street. 

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