The Brewery with the Beer Pipeline
Last fall on a trip to Belgium, I was able to visit De Halve Mann Brewery in Bruges. Some of you may have heard the story on NPR a few years ago, but if not it's an amazing story. Back in 2016, the brewery was thinking about relocating to another city. It's not that they didn't love Bruges (and trust me if you have ever visited you would know it's an amazing city) but it's that the trucks that carry the bottle's of beer they make, so folks could drink the beer around the world (they are in 30 countries) were having a hard time getting in and out of the city. The roads in Bruges are very narrow and alot are cobblestone. Most folks just walk or bike ride around the city, but that doesn't work for the big trucks shipping the bottles out of the brewery. So the folks at De Halve Mann raised more than $300,000 dollars (according to Flanders News) and were able to build a beer pipeline that carried the beer from the brewery to their bottling center (and didn't have to get stuck in cobblestone traffic near center of the city).