Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan: Walplein 26, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Some may say that London’s streets are paved with gold, but when Belgium’s pipes are squirting beer, I know where I’d rather chuffin’ be!
It’s true! The De Halve Maan brewery in the Belgian city of Bruges has laid almost 2km of pipeline to pump beer across from its brewery in the city centre to its bottling plant on the outskirts. The centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so no chance of expanding its central brewery, and ploughing massive lorries back and forth is all kinds of damaging. So, the genius idea of a beer pipeline was conceived and crowdfunded into development.
It’s been a thing for a few years now but I’ve only just by chance found out. Since the UK has brought forward its boiler ban to 2023, there’s been a lot of chat about what they could do with all of the old pipelines that’ll no longer be pumping gas. I heard a smartarse say pump beer, and another say they already do that in Belgium… A little Google search later and here I am. I can’t believe it! I would happily consent to a gin pipeline to my house. Well, there are loads of gin distilleries up North, so shouldn’t be that hard to hook me up.
Anyway, if you’re double jabbed and ready to party, and most likely not from the UK so Europe is your oyster when it comes to choosing a destination for your jollies, may one suggest Bruges. Get yourself down to De Halve Maan’s court yard, kickback in a deckchair, and plug yourself into their pipeline. Bliss.
The brewery has a gift shop, does guided tours, and thank God, it also has a restaurant where you can line your stomach. Surely that’s a legal requirement when the booze in your brewery flows like water! Find out more about the belters on the De Halve Maan site here.
And one for the road. The best pic I could find of their pipeline being laid. Happiest workmen, I ever did see. Bet they’ve been dabbling in the pipes!!
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