Economy without waste, this Finnish brewery has tried by producing a beer from goose droppings.
We find ourselves in Finland, more precisely in Lahti, which is set to become the Green Capital of Europe in 2021, where the Ant Brew brewery has created a robust beer whose smoking is done using goose droppings (the droppings are then used to smoke the malt, stouts are in fact beers with a smoky taste).
Despite the fact that breweries have been using various “special” ingredients for more than 40 years, such as pepper spray, fried chicken and so on, this handcrafted beer produced with the help of geese, or rather their droppings, is astonishing.
Kari Puttonen of Ant Brew got the idea from the capital itself, against all kinds of waste, but also in support of a good cause, cleaning up the local parks of the goose droppings that had long been causing discontent and problems.
This production is part of a project called Wasted Potential, which includes a series of beers also made from wild herbs or food waste, as well as the much anticipated Imperial Stout!
In any case, the brewery has made it clear that the curious and malt lovers who want to sip green beer will have to wait a while. At the moment Ant Brew is launching the other beers in the project, with Imperial Stour expected to be released after the summer.
The first beer to be released in the series, also inspired by the circular economy with no food waste, is brewed using waste from the peels of the local orange juice press and the best pomegranate and fig puree.