Danish Brewery Creates ‘Pisner,’ a Beer Fertilized with Human Urine

The Pisner beer is stored in a container marked with a sign at Norrebro Bryghus in Hedehusene

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There is no doubt that craft beer’s popularity has been increasing over time. Nowadays, there are beers with every flavor under the rainbow, or so we thought! A group of Danish brewers is currently working on adding a brand new flavor to the endless list. These brewers are truly stepping outside of the box and are making beer from the urine of random beer festival attendees… talk about YUMMY?!

The urine was reportedly collected from the toilets at the Roskilde Festival in 2015 and has been used as a fertilizer to create 11 tons of malting barley. The beer concoction will result in a pilsner, which will be called Pisner (No pun intended!) The project, dubbed “Beercycling” was proposed by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and brewery Nørrebro Bryghus. This “beercycling” initiative, came to life as a way to improve the sustainability of beer production.

Pisner Beer is being labeled at Norrebro Bryghus in Hedehusene

According to Karen Hækkerup, CEO of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council  “Just as we have seen shops sell goods that would otherwise have been thrown out, beercycling allows us to recycle a product that is normally flushed down the drain. When it comes to circular economy, Danish farmers are some of the best in the world. If you can brew a beer with urine as fertiliser, you can recycle almost anything”

The brewing process began in March of this year and will be complete in June. Once completed, the brewers are expecting to fill out 60,000 bottles which will go on sale in Denmark. Unfortunately, the beer will not be distributed in the US, so if you are looking to try this interesting brew, make sure to book a trip to the Danish country this summer.




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