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Danish Brewery Made Beer Using Human Urine?

By: Maura O'Malley

May 9, 2017

Yep, you read that correctly—a Danish brewery is recycling human urine to make its beer, Reuters reports. But before you get too grossed out, we bring to you one very important fact: There’s no urine in the beer. Rather, the urine is used to fertilize the malting barley used to make said beer.

The brewery, Denmark’s Nørrebro Bryghus, took 50,000 liters of urine from Europe’s massive Roskilde Music Festival in 2015. With that, the brewers were able to use a more sustainable fertilizer than factory-made ones. The idea came from the Agriculture and Food Council of Denmark, who’s dubbing the process “beercycling.”

As for the beer that was made from the nonconventional fertilizer? Nørrebro Bryghus named it “Pisner” because, well, you get the pun. And thanks to beercycling waste from Roskilde, there was enough barley to produce 60,000 bottles of the Pisner beer.

So, what do you think? Would you try the Danish Pisner?