There is a Beer Pipeline

April 26, 2012 at 2:00 am 11 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

Although aqueducts were used as far back as the 7th century BC, the first known “pipeline” was built in 1595 to carry salt water. At 40 km (25 miles) in length, it was made from 13,000 hollowed tree trunks.

Today, some of our most valuable resources are carried by pipeline: water, oil, natural gas, and even beer. Yes, there is a beer pipeline. Actually, there are at least two beer pipelines.

A 5 km (3 mile) beer pipeline supplies all of the bars within Germany’s Veltins-Arena, a large football (soccer) stadium. The pipeline is connected to a central tank, allowing for fast distribution during busy times.

In Randers Denmark, the bars and restaurants in the entertainment district are connected by a beer pipeline that once connected directly to the brewery. When the brewery left town, it was replaced by a large tank that now feeds the pipeline.

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Sources: wikipedia (Pipeline Transport, Aqueduct), arrivalguides.com

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Arcane Attires  |  April 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Don’t people try to break it to steal the contents flowing within?

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  • 2. k  |  May 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

    What about a milkshake pipeline?

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  • 3. Rexzion  |  May 12, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I need one of those

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  • 4. jus boutded  |  June 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    In the photo there are these odd looking barricades on each side of the pipe. What are those and what are what appears to be padding on the top? I would imagine that all carbonation is lost when beer is jostled through an unpressured pipe. Maybe the foam is less valued in Germany than in the US?

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  • 5. Brian of Nazareth  |  July 16, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Homer MAD!!!

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  • 6. Will Work 4 Beer  |  July 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    It’s quite possible the bars have a CO2 system to put the carbonation back at the proper levels. Most kegerators have a CO2 tank that helps keep pressure in the keg so the tap will work. Maybe it also adds some fizz to the beer.

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  • 7. anonymous  |  December 23, 2012 at 1:07 am

    This picture is quite clearly not a picture of either beer pipeline… probably oil or LNG.

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    • 8. chriscp  |  September 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      It’s from someone’s flickr photstream and the source page has the following:
      This photo also appears in
      ALASKA! (Set: 79)
      Oil Well (Group: 4,732)
      Alaska! (Group: 64,355)
      Trans-Alaska Pipeline Syst

      So, looks like anonymous was correct about oil.

      Reply
  • 9. lisleman  |  January 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    a most interesting fact – I’m surprised Germany with it’s purity laws would allow this.

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  • 10. Tim  |  April 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I was in Germany during OctoberFest and believe there should be MORE pipelines…

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  • 11. John Patrick Sullivan  |  July 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

    It is in the jurisdiction of Steamfitters to run beer lines in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., USA. It is one of the best explanations that I can give when someone doesn’t understand what a Steamfitter is and how we are different from a common pipefitter or plumber…we run all process piping, we run the beer lines.

    John P. Sullivan
    President, Steamfitters’ Local 602

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