De Halve Maan

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Brouwerij De Halve Maan
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Founded1856
FounderLeon "Henri" Maes
Headquarters
Bruges
,
Belgium
Key people
Xavier Vanneste
ProductsBeer


De Halve Maan (The Half Moon) is a beer brewery in Bruges, Belgium.[1] De Halve Maan brews Brugse Zot ("Bruges Fool"[2]), Straffe Hendrik ("Strong Henri"), Blanche de Bruges/Brugs Tarwebier and other beers. The Straffe Hendrik and Blanche de Bruges/Brugs Tarwebier brands had been sold to other breweries, but De Halve Maan has recently[when?] bought them back and is returning production to Bruges.

Beer has been brewed at De Halve Maan's location for approximately 500 years.[3] The current brewery has been operating since 1856.[4] The brewery has been in the same family for five generations.[5] The brewery was called Henri Maes until the late 1990s. Henri Maes brewery offered home delivery by horse, and later by truck, after World War II.[6]

In 2016 De Halve Maan completed a two-mile long beer pipeline from its brewery to its bottling plant to avoid having to send trucks through the narrow, cobbled streets of Bruges.[7] The pipeline was partially crowdsourced, and those who contributed received free beer from the brewery.[8]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Tom Scott (20 February 2017). "The Beer Pipeline of Bruges" – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Halve Maan Brewery Beer Pipeline". Atlas Obscura.
  5. ^ "Take a look at". Brugstarwebier.be. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Brouwerij De Halve Maan Brugge – Brouwerij Belgische bieren – Brugse Zot en Straffe Hendrik – Bezoekerscentrum en historiek". halvemaan.be.
  7. ^ Kottasova, Ivana (19 September 2016). "Cheers! The world's first beer pipeline is now open". CNNMoney.
  8. ^ "This is the world first beer pipeline – and its thousands of investors are being rewarded with free beer". Business Insider.

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