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Bruges brewery De Halve Maan takes pipeline across the city in use

On Friday, flows Brugse Zot and Straffe Hendrik from the brewery in the Bruges city centre to the bottling plant at the Bruges ring in a plastic tube, right under the city. This scoop is celebrated with a big festival on and around the Walplein.

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The Bruges town brewery (The Half Moon), take Friday, the new bierpijplijn in use. Thursday was a last tanker is filled at the brewery in the historic centre of Bruges. That means that soon, Brugse Zot and Straffe Hendrik will flow from the brewery in the Bruges city centre to the bottling plant at the Bruges ring in a plastic tube, right under the city. The beer will be a journey of 3.2 km , and even up to a depth of 34 meters, at the height of ‘t Zand.

“If we have the faucet opened, then it takes about 45 minutes to the beer in the bottling plant arrives”, indicates CEO Xavier Vanneste. “It can be faster, but the beer should calm flow.”

The past few weeks was tested. “We have the beer in the laboratory was thoroughly checked and everything is in order. The taste is preserved, and there is also no change in the microbacteriën, what is most important,” says Vanneste.

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A part of that pipeline has been paid for by crowdfunding. There were 470 investors, good for 340,000 euro on a totaalkost of 4 million euro. To people thank is organizing The Half Moon Friday, a celebration for all those investors. Saturday, a free party for everyone.

With the pipeline want The Half-Moon under the heavy trucks from the town to fend off, but it will allow the brewery to continue to grow. Last year was still 5 million litres of beer brewed. (Belga/DB)

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