‘NEWBrew’: Singapore introduces beer made with sewage water and urine

An environmentally friendly brewery in Singapore is producing alcoholic drinks from sewage and urine. The NEWBrew beer, which elevates the brewery to a whole new level, is created with recycled sewage.

The alcoholic beverage is the result of a partnership between Brewerkz, a regional craft brewery, and PUB, the nation’s water organisation. NEWBrew was first introduced at a water conference in 2018 and launched on sale in April at Brewerkz locations and in supermarkets.

According to Brewerkz, it is a “highly quaffable beer” with a “smooth, toasted honey-like aftertaste,” making it ideal for Singapore’s tropical environment. Additionally, NEWater makes up 95% of the tropical blonde ale beverage. The best ingredients are used, including kveik, a highly sought-after type of Norwegian farmhouse yeast, fragrant Citra and Calypso hops, and quality German barley malts.

To increase the island’s water security, NEWBrew employs NEWater, Singapore’s brand of drinking water made from sewage that started flowing from treatment facilities in 2003. According to PUB, the new beer is a part of an initiative to inform Singaporeans about the value of recycling and sustainable water usage.

The concept of turning sewage into drinking water, which was originally generally opposed, has gained popularity over the past ten years as the world’s fresh water supply has come under increasing stress. According to the World Wildlife Fund, 2.7 billion people experience water scarcity for at least one month out of every year.

Advanced nations with scarce fresh water resources, like Singapore and Israel, have already implemented the technology into their supply. Cities like London and Los Angeles are considering whether to follow suit.