News & Opinion | June 3, 2018 5:00 am

Bottoms Up! Swedish Brewery Now Makes Beer Using Recycled Sewage

To be more sustainable, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet taps treated wastewater for its new pilsner.

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Swedish brewery Nya Carnegiebryggeriet, Carlsberg and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) have joined forces to create a new pilsner that is brewed with recycled wastewater. Or, to put it less delicately, former sewage. The beer is a result of IVL’s attempts to raise awareness for sustainable, safe drinking water. But because no one was really excited about the idea of drinking water that was recently full of human waste, the collaboration is hoping that the addition of hops and alcohol will help lessen the stigma.

“We share the view that both producers and consumers must dare to think differently if we are to successfully take care of Earth’s resources,” said brewmaster Chris Thurgeson, according to Esquire. 

Called PU:REST, the pils is only available in Sweden for now.