When you brew beer in the heart of a city that’s over 800 years old, expansion is not always easy.
It’s part of the reason Bruges, Belgium’s, Brouwerij De Halve Mann moved its packaging facility 3.2 kilometers outside of the city center where the brewery is located back in 2010. Since then the brewery has been transporting its beer by tanker trucks, but the narrow cobblestone streets have proved difficult to navigate for the trucks and have been an inconvenience to locals trying to travel the same streets.
The brewery’s solution? Go underground.
According to a report by CNN, after a successful crowdsourcing campaign, De Halve Mann is constructing a 3.2 kilometer long beer pipeline underneath the city streets and canals from the brewery to the packaging facility, estimated to cost $4.5 million.
Once complete, the pipeline will be able to pump just over 1,000 gallons of beer an hour and will allow the 160 year old family brewery to continue calling Bruges home.