BRUGES, Belgium (NBC/APTN) — A brewery in Bruges, Belgium, plans to install a pipeline under the city’s streets, linking it to a bottling plant. The pipe linking the brewery to the plant is set to be nearly two miles long, and it will be able to carry about 1,600 gallons of beer per hour. The pipeline will take 500 trucks off the city’s famous cobblestone streets.
The brewery’s owner said the decision to keep brewing beer on its current site was made to maintain the brand’s character.
“Real, genuine, town beer, city beer, like our beer — Brugse Zot should be brewed on the original premises by the original family according to the original recipes,” said Xavier Vanneste, De Halve Maan Brewery owner. “And that’s why we really stick to staying here.”
The owner said the pipeline will be made of polyethylene. He says it will be stronger than steel, and he’s not worried about anyone tapping into it illegally underground. Construction is set to start next year.