In what might be the most exciting pipeline-related news of all time, Belgium’s De Halve Maan (aka The Half Moon) brewery says that after four years of planning and work, their two-mile long beer pipeline is expected to be operational in just a few weeks. Sure, it would be even more exciting if it serviced every house in the country, but hey, one step at a time.
“It all started as a joke,” owner Xavier Vanneste told The Wall Street Journal. Located in the heart of the medieval city of Bruges, De Halve Maan had struggled with getting beer from their old production facility to their new bottling plant in a different part of town. Their trucks were clogging the tiny historic streets. But Vanneste came up with his crazy solution while watching utility workers running underground cables. “I immediately realized this was the solution,” he said.