Belgium has finally opened the world's first beer pipeline

Bruges has a reputation for incredible beer, and the city is taking it one step further with its latest opening.

Last week the world's first beer pipeline was debuted - yep, you read that correctly, it's a two-mile pipe specifically for beer. What could be better than that?

The pipe connects the De Halve Maan (or Half-Moon) brewery in the city centre with a bottling factory on the outskirts of town.

The bottling plant on the outskirts of Bruges.
The bottling plant on the outskirts of Bruges (Virginia Mayo/AP)

The project has been in the pipeline (pardon the pun) for four years, and now it is finally a reality. We can only imagine what a logistical nightmare the planning would have been.

How would you even go about getting the permits to build a pipe underneath the historic old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? All for the love of beer - we respect that.

Beer trucks outside the brewery.
Trucks are now a thing of the past for the brewery (Virginia Mayo/AP)

The brewery raised a lot of the money for the project by crowdfunding.

"At the moment our huge tankers have constantly to make their way through the narrow streets of Bruges," said CEO Xavier Vanneste. "That's no longer sustainable. This beer pipeline means that we'll be able to remain in the city."

According to CNN Money, about 4,000 litres of beer runs through the pipeline in just an hour - that's enough to fill 12,000 bottles.

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Keeping the beer flowing and the historic town intact? We can drink to that.

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