A beer brewed on the urine collected from festival guests? It might sound strange, but that is exactly what Danish farmers have done.
Don’t worry, there is obviously no urine in the beer. But we have used it as fertiliser, as farmers have done it for hundreds of years. The only difference is that the fertiliser was collected from humans at the largest music festival in Northern Europe, Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen, and not from cows or pigs.
In 2015, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council collected 54.000 litres of urine from festival attendees at the Roskilde Festival. In the spring of 2016, the urine was used as fertiliser, which resulted in 11 tons of malting barley. Now, we are ready for the project to come full circle and brew a beer.
"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. When it comes to circular economy, Danish farmers are some of the best in the world. If you can brew a beer with urine as fertiliser, you can recycle almost anything," says Karen Hækkerup, CEO at the Danish Agriculture and Food Council.
The Danish Agriculture and Food Council is collaborating with Nørrebro Bryghus to brew 60.000 bottles of the Pisner beer.
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