A festival was held in Denmark in 2015 where organizers teamed up with a local brewery to purposely collect beer from concert goers.
The largest festival in the Northern Europe, Roskilde Festival welcomed 100,000 fans from different genres. With the number of attendees, the genius minds of Norrebro Bryghus Brewery saw an opportunity to collect liters of pee for a unique purpose.
The liters of human urine were brought to their fields of malting barley and were used to fertilize their crops.
The beer named “Pisner” will be produced from fields of malting barley which instead of being fertilized with animal manure or factory-made products, it was fertilized with human urine.
Henrik Vang, Chief Executive of Norrebro Bryghus Brewery laughed at the false news circulating that the beer contained urine.
He said, “When the news that we 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.”
Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Council said Human waste used as a fertilizer was novelty and an idea came up that it could be an ultimate hipster beer whose concept was called, “beercycling.”
Anders Sjogen, attendee of the Roskilde Music Festival said, “If it even tasted even a bit like urine, I would put it down, but you don’t even notice.”
The machine that turns urine into beer really exists.
Developed by a group of scientists at a Belgian University, “Contraption” turns human waste into drinkable water and fertilizer with the use of solar energy.
The 50,000 liters of recovered water from the festival was enough in malting barley to brew around 60,000 bottles of beer.
“From sewer to brewer”, Sebastian Derese said. Derese is a Researcher from University of Ghent.