“Waiter, a beer !”-“Bottled or pipelined, sir ?”

Belgian brewery Halve Maan (Half Moon) from Bruges has built the first beer pipeline in history. The tube brings the precious liquid from the new factory, located outside the city, to the antic brewery, serving beers to the public in the old town.  It replaces some 500 journeys of trucks per year, and preserve the streets of the UNESCO heritage of humanity site.

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The pipeline is 3 kilometres long, and will feed the brewery with 400 litters of beer per hour. The 4 million euro cost has been financed by crowd funding, and whoever gave more than € 7500 will get in return a beer per day for a lifetime. You just need to live 4 or 5 year to make your investment profitable.

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Belgian beer is also candidate to be registered on the UNESCO list, and arrives normally to our homes all over the world, bottled or canned.

It is said there are more than 1000 different types of Belgian beers. In Belgium, Net-Veille registered some 5000 different beer articles, distinguished, on top of the brand,the type, by the packaging. A Belgian beer can be white, blond, brown, and can be said to be golden, special, “grand cru”, etc. It can be doubled or tripled. It is prestigious if it  comes from an abbey, particularly from a “trappist” one. It can be a “pils” (lager), a “lambic” (spontaneously fermented), a “gueuze” (fermented several times between 1 to 3 years), a “kriek” (flavoured with sour cherries). It can also be flavoured with lime, lemon, grapefruit, raspberry, and many other types of fruits.

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You can find it in bottles of 25, 33, 50, 75, 100, 150 cl and more, sold alone or in packs of 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24 and more.

The less expensive article found online is a “pils”, sold in a 33 cl can, in several Colruyt – Collect & Go online shops.

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On the other hand, the most expensive article found on line is a 24x33cl pack of Westmalle trappist bottled beer, refermented in bottle, so to reach 9,5% of alcool, also sold in Colruyt.

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