Beer made from human urine being brewed in Denmark

/ 04:12 PM May 08, 2017
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Are you man enough to drink the ‘Pisner’ beer? File photo

Due to its yellowish color and strong odor, beer has oftentimes been likened in jest to urine.

However, one brewery in Denmark, has been taking the comparisons way too literally, as it is making beer using the said human waste.


According to CBS news, local corporation Norrebro Bryghus is using the unconventional liquid in their malting process by fertilizing the traditional barley grain with human urine.

The cleverly named “Pisner” pilsner, which comes from a wordplay between the type of beer and local slang, was made from contents of urinals at the largest music festival in Northern Europe.


All in all, over 50,000 liters of human urine  was used as an alternative to traditional animal manure or factory-made fertilizer products, the report said.

“The reason why we make this ‘Pisner’ beer is because we are a craft brewery out of Copenhagen and about four years ago we converted into organic, so all our beers are organic today,” Henrik Vang, chief executive of Norrebro Bryghus, explained their seemingly bizarre product to the news outlet.

“We thought it would be a great idea also to go into recyclable beer. So we want to test our brewers and test our opportunities to make recyclable beer,” he added.

Although the idea of turning urine into one of the world’s most beloved beverages seems extremely peculiar, Denmark’s agriculture and food council claimed that the  “beercycling” technique could become a trend in the future.

Furthermore, subjects who have tasted the unlikely concoction have raved over its “fresh and filling taste.”

The company, meanwhile, is expecting to come up with 60,000 bottles of beer from the collected batch of urine from the festival. Khristian Ibarrola/JB



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