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Piss beer? Danish brewery makes pilsner from urine barley

Norrebro Bryghus Pisner

You’ve probably heard someone say “this is piss beer.” This month we are closer to that being more real than ever. Enter Pisner,¬†by Norrebro Bryghus.

Danish brewery Norrebro Bryghus doesn’t actually use urine in the brewing process, but the malt that goes into it has gotten a little “pissy.” The craft brewery in Copenhagen collected over 10,000 gallons of urine from Denmark’s Roskilde Music Festival in 2015.

Sustainability is key to this process.

Norrebro Bryghus refers to this as “beercycling,” where the collected urine was used to fertilize the barley fields instead of other fertilizers such as animal manure. Wonder what that field smelled like after the urine was applied? Us too.

Again, the urine wasn’t used in the brewing process. Like Stone Brewing’s recent use of waste water, the ick factor is very real. We have gotten used to the idea of manure for agricultural use. The thought of what comes out of music festival attendees going on crops isn’t the most palatable to everyone.

The beer is called Pisner, and brewery has created around 60,000 bottles of it.

Environmentally the process makes sense. Mentally, it might take a little getting used to. Would you drink it?

Image: Norrebro Bryghus/Facebook

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