From piss to pilsner: Danish music festival recycles piss into beer


Yup, you read that right. And it seems a bit gross, we agree on that.

In partnership with the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Danish Roskilde festival will soon be serving beer recycled from festivalgoers’ urine, and it’s called “From piss to pilsner”.

The aim of this “beercycling” initiative is to use this year’s urine as a fertiliser to create beer that would be served at the festival in the future. From 100,000 persons attending the festival that ran from 27 June to 4 July 2015, the objective was to collect 25,000 litres of urine.


How can piss be recycled into beer?
The answer is simple: the piss will be taken to nearby fields and will be used to fertilise barley that will be used in the brewing process.

When will we be able to try this one-of-a-kind beer?
As the initiative began this year we still need to wait until 2017 to taste – you don’t have to – the results of this “beercycling” scheme.

It was said that the huge amount of urine produced at festivals was having a negative impact on environment and the sewage system, so this initiative will allow to turn the urine into a resource (we’ll stop using this word soon, I promise).

“It’s about changing our approach to waste, from being a burden to being a valuable resource” said a spokesman of the scheme.

One question remains about the process, how did they collect this erm, “contribution”?
Male participants were able to go to special urinals marked with the tagline: “Don’t waste your piss. Farmers can turn it into beer again”. As for the ladies, they were handed “Urine Director” to take part in the project. Yup, that’s what you’re thinking of.

This “beercycling” scheme joins other eco-friendly actions held by the festival such as car-sharing, recycled cups and sale of organic drinks.

For the facts, Roskilde is one of Nothern Europe’s largest music festival with headlines like Pharrell Williams, Sir Paul McCartney as well as Florence and the Machine. So maybe some rockstars’ pee was collected in the process.

Now the only thing is to wait and see who will taste this special brew in 2017.
Anyone’s interested?!

Roskilde festival


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