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City envy: we want a beer pipeline like Bruges

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Flo Wales Bonner

While London's been working on the night tube, Bruges has been devising a very different kind of tunnel. As an ingenious way to bypass issues associated with transporting beer from De Halve Maan brewery in the city centre to a bottling plant two miles away, those crafty Belgians - who take hops very seriously indeed - have installed a subterranean pipe that will shift their beer at a speed of more than 1,000 gallons an hour.

This beer pipe, that at some points runs 115 feet below ground, is the world's first such project, and required navigating some of the city's most historic buildings for its construction. It also reportedly cost almost 4 million euros to build, some of which was raised by a Kickstarter campaign. Now that is dedication to beer, no question. But we're hanging in there for a prosecco tunnel. 

We also want a wine theme park like Bordeaux and an IMAX spin studio like New York

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