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Tuesday 16 May 2017

How about a bottle of pisner (yes, you read that right)?

It sounds too gross to be true. Unfortunately, we now have access to a beer made with the aid of the urine produced by drunk music festivalgoers.

Danish brewery Norrebro Bryghus has used 50,000 litres of human urine collected at the largest music festival in Northern Europe - at Roskilde.

Named the ‘Pisner’, the beer doesn’t actually contain any human waste, but is produced from fields of malting barley fertilised with the urine ‘donated’ by the rock fans. 

Barley is traditionally fertilised using animal manure or factory-made plan nutrients, but the urine yield from the festival was nonetheless big enough to fertilise 11 tonnes of malting barley, and brew 60,000 bottles of the beer.

“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,” said Henrick Vang of Norrebro Bryhgus.

Karen H√¶kkerup, CEO of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, said: “Just as we have seen shops sell goods that would otherwise have been thrown out, Beercycling allows us to recycle a product that is normally flushed down the drain." 

Strange people those Danes! 

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