One particular brewery in Denmark is giving new meaning to the phrase “getting pissed.” That’s because they use actual pee to make their beer.
Danish brewing company Norrebro Bryghus has collected 13,000 gallons worth of human urine from 2015’s Roskilde Festival to make their special “Pisner” beer.
The amount of urine collected is enough to produce around 60,000 bottles of Pisner beer, which makes this a limited batch.
Now at this point it should be clarified that the urine doesn’t actually go into the beer itself, but rather into the soil as fertilizer for the malted barley it’s made with. So rest assured, you aren’t quite entering Bear Grylls territory.
This fact was verified by the brewery’s chief executive Henrik Vang, who said, “When the news that we had started brewing the Pisner came out, a lot of people thought we were filtering the urine to put it directly in the beer – and we had a good laugh about that.”
One festival-goer who sample the beer had this to say about the repurposed pee-beer: “If it had tasted even a bit like urine I would put it down, but yoPu don’t even notice.”
The use of urine in fertilizer as a novel, yet valid, sustainable farming practice has been approved by Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Council, which calls it “beercycling.”
This year’s Roskilde Festival, to be held June 24 to July 1, will be headlined by such notable acts as Arcade Fire, the XX, Lorde, The Jesus and Mary Chain, the Weeknd, and Father John Misty. Head of Programme Anders Wahrén describes the lineup for Roskilde as being “the most defining, challenging and relevant music in 2017.” And who knows, maybe the pee from this year’s festival will also be harvested for a future round of Pisners…
Watch this video from Mashable which shows the beer being produced, enjoyed, and imaginably recycled at a later date: