Welp. Bear Grylls is gonna be bloody stoked.
Fair to say that brewery culture has just about blown up across the globe over the past decade or so, with every man and his yeasty dog now apparently having a crack at opening their own craft brewery.
And with change, experimentation, and technological advancements, the push towards brewing beer in an interesting and sustainable fashion has never been greater.
Still, there’s making sure your 2hL wheat ale operation working towards being carbon neutral, and then there’s… this.
Danish microbrewery Nørrebro Bryghus has taken a man-made circle of life approach to brewing beer by gathering actual human piss to use in the brewing process. Before you all go reaching for the matches to self-immolate, you can relax. None of it winds up in the beer itself.
The brewery sourced 50,000 litres of human waste from a music festival, which it then used to fertilise barley fields. The resulting crop yield was then put into use brewing up a special, let’s call it novelty, beer – aptly titled the “Pisner.”
The crop produced around 60,000 bottles of the brew, making the whole process remarkably efficient; one that those in charge of the heady yellow beverage have already dubbed “beercycling.” Lord.
To settle any curiosity, the brewery brought in fans to taste the beer with media present, leading one man to remark:
“If it had tasted even a bit like urine, I would put it down, but you don’t even notice.”
Because if you wanted to drink literal piss, you would’ve ordered it, I guess.
Our definitive take on the matter? Given that the piss was sourced from a music festival, we’re shocked the resulting beer is chock full of MDMA. And although using piss in the brewing process is certainly novel, there’s probably a strong argument to be made for some pre-existing beers to be the original piss brews.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article’s headline asserted that the brewery was Dutch, not Danish. The mistake has been corrected and we sincerely apologise, even though the author of the article remains largely unconvinced that the two aren’t exactly the same thing.
Photo: Daniel Okuno/Instagram.