‘Pu:rest’: The First Beer Made From Sewage Water

To the delight of environmentalists, yet perhaps less to enthusiastic beer lovers, a Carlsberg-linked brewery has revealed 'Pu:rest,' first beer made from sewage water. The water is thoroughly purified, however.

The undertaking, inspired by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), saw the New Carnegie Brewery, mostly possessed by Carlsberg, collaborate with an innovative sewage treatment plant.

While it’s hard to foretell whether commercial success is awaiting Pu:rest, the primary purpose of the project was not to sell beer, but make more people aware of the water shortage and the need to care about the environment, Filipsson said.

“The difficulties in getting this relatively cost- and energy-efficient method to be used for the production of drinking water is not technical but primarily emotional. The recycled water is as pure and safe as normal tap water, but most people are still skeptical about actually drinking purified wastewater,” Staffan Filipsson, project manager at IVL, said.

The beer will be served in several restaurants and at festivals in June.

While the trial pilsner is yet to advance toward the big market, it has already earned the nickname 'crap beer'

  By: Dhruvish Shah
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