Brewery installs 2-mile beer pipeline through town

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De Halve Maan in Belgium is believed to be the first to create a beer pipeline (KTRK)

In a Belgian town, a brewery is taking their business underground.

De Halve Maan has operated in Bruges for the last 160 years, brewing its beer within the walls of the city.

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But, in order to keep the family's business alive, Xavier Vanneste had to come up with a way to end a bottle neck of beer trucks traveling through the medieval town's tiny streets.

With drills and shovels, workers have begun an impressive project to create a two-mile long beer pipeline from the brewery to its bottling facility outside the town.

"I think we are the very first one to do this," Vanneste says. "We received a lot of people spontaneously asking us to pass along their house. They just had one condition. They wanted a tapping point, a private tapping point."
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Vanneste says he is pretty sure no one will be able to tap the pipeline.

But, that hasn't stopped people from asking.

The company did find a way to get people some beer anyway. Vanneste crowdfunded the project's $4.5 million price tag in exchange for the company's delicious brew.

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