Does Your Beer Taste Like Pee? Urine Good Company
Does your favorite beer sometimes taste like pee water? It’s a common remark when men are drinking together and they’re chugging some weak, flat, almost warm beer.
Your average beer drinker is a master at turning beer into the ability to put out a fire, but it’s a little trickier to accomplish the feat in reverse.
Seeing a man about a horse…
A microbrewery in Copenhagen, Denmark, has answered the call of nature and created a brew made from urine – but without that bitter aftertaste your average piss water connoisseur complains about. Say hello to Pisner beer!
It was Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Council who first floated the idea to encourage a more sustainable business model for breweries. They even have a word for it: “beercycling.” Grossing people out must have been a secondary consideration.
Actually, the brewers don’t drain the lizard into the beer on its own. Rather, they fertilize the barley that will be used in the brewing process with the amber waste water. The brewery owners are obviously whiz kids. Strange whiz kids.
If you were going to make a beer that utilized urine as an ingredient, you’d probably want to use the cleanest urine you could find to begin with, before purifying it. Not these guys. Their not-so-secret(e) ingredient was collected from the urinals at a huge Denmark music festival, where 50,000 liters was collected.
Breaking the seal…
One of the concert-goers even sampled the brew and said he couldn’t tell the beer contained pee water:
If it had tasted even a bit like urine, I would put it down, but you don’t even notice.
The brewery has stockpiled enough pee to make 60,000 bottles of Pisner, so they should be able to supply a steady stream of the product. That’s got to be a huge relief for their fans.