Saturday, 27 May 2017

Utter Genius

Typical Germans leading from the front.

A rock festival in Germany has laid a four mile pipeline beneath its site to deliver free-flowing beer to 75 000 thirsty metalheads in August.

The 7 km pipeline will supply around 400 000 litres of lager to revellers at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, northern Germany, which is set to play host to heavy metal acts including Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson and Trivium

The pipeline will allow bartenders to pour six beers per second, according to organisers, eliminating the need for barrel swaps and preventing the festival grounds from being churned up by beer trucks.

Huge empty pipes have already been installed beneath the festival site, through which a beer pipeline will be run, as well as fiber optic cables and power supply lines.

“Beer stalls in front of the main stages will be provided with fresh beer from our new underground beer pipeline.  Both fresh and waste water will run through these pipes too.  Of course we will control the hygiene of the tubes all the time.

Until this year, we always had to move dozens of barrels through the infield.  We had to bring in full barrels before and during the shows and afterwards we had to remove the empty ones.  This caused a lot of avoidable traffic. The new pipeline helps us to protect the floor.  And we also get rid of bottlenecks at the bar, you will not have to wait for the new barrel to be on tap anymore.”

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