© Reuters. Belgian yoga teacher Dorien Dierckx, 29 from Brussels, enjoys a beer while relaxing in a Jacuzzi filled with hot water and a mix of ingredients used to make beer, and where customers can pour their own beer from the tap at the Good Beer Spa in Brussels. B.
By Bart Biesemans and Christian Levaux
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgians will soon be able to unwind with hops and barley, as a new beer spa experience is about to open for the first time in Belgium.
The “Good Beer Spa” in the south of Brussels was founded by Benedict Biebuyck, 42, and his girlfriend Ana Bordonada after experiencing one in Prague in the Czech Republic two or three years ago.
Biebuyck makes the hot tub mix: hops, yeast, and paint combined with beer. He mixes it and then pours it into the hot tub, where customers will sit for 45 minutes.
Before the opening on June 4, they invited some neighbors who said they enjoyed the smells and the relaxing atmosphere.
“I heard that it really rejuvenates the skin, so who knows, it could make me look 10 years younger! And I also like the smell, it is very natural, I feel very in nature!” Aleksandra Tarchini, a 34-year-old web designer from Bulgaria, told Reuters.
However, dermatologists may not agree on the benefits for the skin. Vera Rogiers, head of the department of dermatocosmetology at the Faculty of Medicine at the Free University of Brussels, told Reuters she would be more concerned about sitting in a bath for 45 minutes, as it breaks the skin’s barrier function.
“These substances, these natural products contain quite a few active substances, but it is not only active substances, the concentration plays a very important role.”
“That concentration is extremely low, so if you then go and sit in the mix with a low concentration, it doesn’t do anything for the skin,” he said.
Biebuyck and Bordonada now hope to welcome the public next month who will be able to reserve a private hot tub for up to two people for 115 euros ($ 139.10). The price includes unlimited access to draft beer served from the tap.
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