Belgium’s long beer history is well known among beer enthusiasts. One historic Bruges brewery is about to innovate in the beer world yet again—this time, in solving transportation problems.
De Halve Maan has been brewing beer since 1564, but 2015 is the year that it’s taking its product underground in order to ease traffic congestion in the Bruges city center.
This is the problem, according to the Independent: the brewery is about 4 km (2.5 miles) away from the bottling plant. As a result, the tight cobbled streets of Bruges were filled with tankers hauling beer away to be bottled. That’s why current brewery owner Xavier Vanneste is installing an underground pipeline that will be capable of carrying about 6,000 liters per hour to the bottling facility.
Regarding the possibility of people stealing beer from the pipeline, Vanneste spoke to EuroNews,
Remember when math teachers tried to get you to do word problems and you zoned out and didn’t pay attention? We’re pretty sure that if a word problem like “If beer travels down a 4 km (2.5 m) pipeline at a rate of 15 to 20 km/h, (9 to 12 mph) how long will it take to reach the bottling plant?” showed up on a quiz, it could prompt more people to take an interest in math. (Answer: 10 minutes or less.)
Construction is scheduled to begin later this year. We won’t be surprised if someone does a comedy heist movie that involves an underground beer pipeline some time after that.
[via the Independent]