Danish brewery makes a Pilsner out of urine collected at Roskilde Festival
Danish brewery Nørrebro Bryghus has converted 50,000 liters of urine from attendees at 2015’s Roskilde Festival into a beverage cheekily known as the ‘Pisner.’ The Pilser spin-off contains no actual human waste; rather, it’s brewed with malting barley fertilized by urine rather than by animal or factory-made fertilizers.
The brewery’s chief executive Henrik Vang explains, “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.”
The Danish Agriculture and Food Council coins this innovative fertilizing process as ‘beercycling,’ and suggests that the Pisner is a step forward for sustainable brewing. Nørrebro Bryghus have already brewed over 60,000 bottles of the Pisner, which has satisfied at least one former Roskilde attendee: “If it had tasted even a bit like urine, I would put it down, but you don’t even notice.”