Czech beer baths
In mid-2006, the Chodovar brewery in Chodova Plana opened the Czech Republic’s first beer bath, a soak of herbs, mineral water, and dark beer administered by certified spa therapists. Since then, over a dozen beer spas have cropped up around the country, offering services that range from simple soaks to luxurious spa sessions. At the swanky Augustine Hotel in Prague, spagoers can indulge in a lavish two-hour, beer-based body scrub and massage, made from a mix of organic Hersbrucker and Spalter Select hops from Germany blended with their own St. Thomas house beer.
The Chodovar brewery claims beer baths are good for the exfoliation of the skin and blood circulation. Bonus points are deserved for the being the only treatment on the list that promises free pints with each service!
Check out a video of spagoer enjoying a beer soak.
Where to find it:
Though the beer-soak craze hasn’t spread much beyond the Czech Republic, you don’t necessarily need to do some extensive traveling to find the same thing.
The Four Seasons in Vail, Colo., has partnered with the Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. to provide a variety of beer based services, including an Amber Ale Foot Soak ($75) and a Lava Lake Pub Scrub ($145)
DIY-ers may be tempted to try a beer soak at home, but we don’t recommend it.