July 02, 2022
Greetings fellow Bizarros:
You've heard of 'toilet wine' that prisoners make in the commodes in their cells. But revolutionary brewers in Singapore have taken toilet-related alcohol making to a whole new level with an ale made with recycled sewage.
The alcoholic beverage is a collaboration between the country's national water agency, PUB, and local craft brewery Brewerkz. First unveiled at a water conference in 2018, "NEWBrew" went on sale in supermarkets and at Brewerkz outlets in April.
"I seriously couldn't tell this was made of toilet water," said Chew Wei Lian, 58, who had purchased the beer from a supermarket to try after hearing about it. "I mean, it tastes just like beer, and I like beer."
NEWBrew uses NEWater, Singapore's brand of drinking water recycled from sewage, which first flowed from treatment plants in 2003 to improve the island's water security. PUB says the new beer is part of an effort to educate Singaporeans on the importance of sustainable water use and recycling.
Breweries elsewhere have also made beer with recycled sewage. Stockholm-based Nya Carnegie Brewery launched a pilsner made with purified sewage, while Village Brewery in Canada teamed up with researchers from the University of Calgary and and US water technology company Xylem to roll out their own version.
Not everyone is convinced. "There are many kinds of beers around," said Singapore student Low Yu Chen, 22. "If I wanted a beer, I'd pick something made of normal water."
But others who have sampled NEWBrew, say they find that it's a refreshing, light-tasting ale that's perfect for Singapore's tropical climate.
"If you don't tell people it's made from waste water, they probably won't know," said Grace Chen, 52, after sampling the ale.
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