Looking to switch up your drink of choice? NEWBrew has got you covered, offering beer made from recycled sewage. The craft brewery, Brewerkz, and Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, collaborated to create the strange new beverage.
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. According to PUB, the new beer is part of an effort to educate the public on the importance of sustainable water use and recycling.
NEWater is made by disinfecting sewage with ultraviolet light and passing the liquid through advanced membranes to remove contaminant particles. This technology isn’t new either, being seen in both Sweden and Calgary, Canada.
“I seriously couldn’t tell this was made of toilet water. I don’t mind having it if it was in the fridge. I mean, it tastes just like beer, and I like beer,” Chew Wei Lian said. He had bought the beer from a supermarket to give the beer a try.
The beverage went on sale in April and has seen a relatively good response from the public. Many don’t find anything wrong with the drink or the fact that they’re drinking sewage.
“If you don’t tell people it’s made from wastewater, they probably won’t know,” Grace Chen said.