Have you ever had a recurring dream as a kid where you imagined yourself soaking in a pool of pudding? or jello? or some sort of yummy food you enjoyed? For me, it was Hot Cheetos. I was a weird kid.
Unfortunately, I never got to live out that dream (or maybe, fortunately). Little did I know, as an adult, I would get to live it out, but very differently.
Instead of soaking in a painful tub of fiery Cheetos, I would be soaking in a soothing tub of one of my favorite beverages: beer.
When I first learned beer spas were a thing, I was intrigued for a few reasons.
- It’s weird
- If I can drink it, why not soak in it
- Two words: Unlimited Beer
The fact that I was visiting Prague, one of the worlds major beer-loving cities AND there were a few beer spas to choose from AND one only a 5-minute walk from my hotel meant fate was on my side.
I decided to go with Original Beer Spa. It had great reviews and was in a central location.
I didn’t think twice before booking.
I was ready for my first ever, all-around awesome beer bath experience.
What is a Beer Spa
What is a beer spa you ask? Well, the name is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a spa revolved around beer. You soak in a beer like mixture, you drink beer and you eat snacks made with beer (which will usually be beer bread).
One misconception a lot of people have is that you are actually soaking in beer. This isn’t too far off, but not true. You are soaking in warm water, brewers yeast, and malt which are beer ingredients, so close enough.
Who knows, maybe you will be the one fermenting.
Now, spas are great because the treatments you get generally have awesome skin and health benefits and beer spas are no different.
According to research done by the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, some of the benefits are:
- absorption of vitamins and minerals
- increased energy and blood circulation
- decreased fatigue and stress
- skin hydration
- hair conditioning
- reduction of wrinkles
- improvement of damaged skin cells
You will be leaving the spa feeling like a whole new person, refreshed, energetic and ready to take on the world!
What to Expect at the Spa
If you have decided to visit a beer spa, you made the right decision.
Here’s what my experience was like.
As you can imagine, I was pretty eager and excited about the beer spa, so much so that I couldn’t help taking a big whiff of the pungent yeasty odor wafting in the air when I walked through the front door of the lobby.
I was then greeted by an attendant who took me to my room. She mixed up the bath in front of me, showing me the ingredients she would be using and explaining everything I’ll need to know about the spa.
She showed me a buzzer I could push to call her if I had any questions.
And then gestured towards the beer tap filled with light and dark Krušovice beer and glasses that I would be able to fill unlimitedly.
She left to bring me some beer bread which I devoured pretty quickly.
Then left me on my own. I had 20 minutes of bath time, soaking in that tub, drinking, munching on bread, soaking, drinking, munching, soaking, and even more drinking. I was not ready to get out when she came back and told me my 20 minutes was over. I’ll be booking 2 hours next time!
I then dried off with the towel they provided, wrapped the linen sheet around myself, and put on the slippers. I got to lie down on a straw bed, which was a bit weird. I later learned the straw bed helped with the absorption of the minerals and extracts from the bath.
Once my time lying down was up, I was told to get dressed and leave (Okay, maybe not that abruptly)
Since I wasn’t finished with my beer they allowed me to finish the rest of it in the lobby.
How to Book
You can book the beer spa one of two ways. You can either book online or in person. I decided to book in person because I was staying close enough.
Many of the days were sold out, so if you know when you will be in Prague, and you are planning on partaking in a beer spa experience, book in advance!
If you want to book in person, go several days beforehand to ensure you can reserve a time slot.
What to Bring
All you really need to bring is your swimsuit and even that isn’t necessary. A towel, sheet, linen blanket, and slippers are provided for you.
If you are alone and want to snap some pics, bring a tripod or you can ask the nice attendant to take some pictures of you.
The price breakdown is as follows:
Since I was one person I only had to pay 87 euros and that’s by hour.
According to the website, “the quoted price is for 1 hour, with each additional hour available at a 15% discount (max. capacity 4 persons)”
Below are the prices as stated on the website:
To book your beer spa experience click here
Where to Experience A Beer Spa
Beer Spas have been popping up all over the place and below are a list of places you can get this unique treatment:
- Original Beer Spa – Prague Czech Republic
- Bernard Beer Spa – Prague Czech Republic
- Bjorbodin – Árskógssandur, Iceland
- Starkenberger Brewery – Tarrenz, Austria
Thermal Beer Spa – Budapest, Hungary
Wellness Hotel Bahenec – Písek, Czech Republic
- Chodovar Brewery – Chodová Planá, Czech Republic
- Landhotel Moorhoff – Franking, Austria
- Purkmister Brewery – Plzen, Czech Republic
- Hotel Metamorphis – Prague, Czech Republic
- Corinthia Hotel – Prague, Czech Republic
- Beer Spa Beerland – Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
- Hop In The Spa – Sisters, Oregon
- Calistoga Ranch – Napa Valley, California
- Doghouse Hotel and Brewery – Columbus, Ohio
- The Ritz Carlton – Denver, Colorado
- The Edgewater – Madison, Wyoming
- The Atlantic Resort & Spa – Ft Lauderdale, Florida
- Four Seasons Resort – Vail, Colorado
- The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa – Burlington, Vermont
- JW Marriot – Grand Rapids, Michigan
- The Lodge at Woodloch – Hawley, Pennsylvania
- The Sebastian – Vail, Colorado
- The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort – Shawnee, Pennsylvania
- Misugi Resort – Kyoto, Japan
As you will notice, most of the beer spas are in the Czech Republic, but if you can’t get there, no worries! There are plenty of other options.
Did you read this guide and think, “Oh, I want to soak in some suds right now.” I am going to assume you did!
This beer spa was such a cool and unique experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat! If you find your self in a beer-loving city, check if there is a beer spa close by. It’s a fun activity to do alone or with friends and who knew soaking in beer could have health benefits?