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This Danish Beer Is Made With A Very Unexpected Human Ingredient

This Danish Beer Is Made With A Very Unexpected Human Ingredient
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I had a friend recently confess to me that they accidentally ate whale while they were in Norway.

Now, my first reaction was to be horrified and grossed out, but then I thought, well, I eat cows and chickens, and even though whales seem infinitely more majestic than say, a factory-farm chicken that lived a terrible life, it still was a life that felt similar emotions to any other animal or human, so what's the difference?

Despite this moral quandary, I still couldn't bring myself to say, "Hey, eating a whale is exactly like eating a chicken nugget, it's all good." I couldn't help but be a little weirded out by the thought of eating whale.

The thought of drinking this Danish beer disgusts me for an entirely different reason, however. Because it's recycled from human urine.

Pisner (actual name) is developed in Denmark, and the brewery just released 60,000 bottles of the urine-based beer.

Now, the beers technically don't contain human urine. Instead, 50,000 liters of the stuff was used to fertilize the malt fields that the beer's made of.

The urine was collected at the 2015 Roskilde Musica Festival, so you can only imagine the amount of alcohol and drugs that were filtered through the kidneys and flushed out in that warm, golden juice.

"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 Henrik Vang, Chief Executive of brewer Norrebro Bryghus, in an interview with Reuters

Someone who tried the beer said that they don't even notice a hint of urine aftertaste.

"If it had tasted even a bit like urine, I would put it down, but you don't even notice," Anders Sjögren, an atendee Roskilde Music Festival.

I mean, anyone who's tried a lot of cheap beers can pretty much attest that the stuff smells exactly like urine, so why not give Pisner a shot? (h/t reuters)

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