A $4.5 million pipeline for the De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges, Belgium, home to some of Europe’s worst traffic congestion, will help its beer travel from the city center to a bottling facility two miles away.
“De Halve Maan used high-density polyethlyene, a hardy and food-grade plastic,” reports Wired magazine. “A series of bundled pipes, about a foot in total diameter, can transport up to 1,060 gallons of beer an hour between the center city brewery and its bottling plant. It will take each delicious batch between between one and half and three hours travel from end to end. The leisurely pace isn’t a cultural thing, it’s to keep too much air from infiltrating the good stuff. Between batches, the brewers will use jets of cleaning solution to disinfect and sterilize the pipes and keep the product in safe chugging condition.”
The 30-person construction team ran into two big obstacle.
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