Denver is known for its craft beer. The Mile High City is also a haven for health. Now, these two scenes meld together at The Beer Spa, a new wellness spot where you can pour yourself a local brew from a self-serve tap station before slinking into a bubbling, herb-infused tub of hops and barley for a one-of-a-kind sudsy soak.
Jessica French and Damien Zouaoui opened the spa in Denver’s Whittier neighborhood earlier this year, inspired, in part, by the spa culture they experienced during their world travels. Eastern Europe is brimming with beer baths, many of which have a raucous Oktoberfest kind of vibe. The husband-and-wife couple wanted to create a beer spa in the United States, but do so with wellness as the central focus.
As a result, the spa’s four Beer Therapy Rooms each include an infrared sauna, a rain shower and the main attraction, a beer tub that’s just under 100 degrees (not as hot as a jacuzzi) and that comes equipped with what looks like an oversized tea bag. An in-house master herbalist creates blends for the soaking tubs, sourcing hops and barley from brewery partners, and adding in an antioxidant-rich herbal blend that changes each month. In June, the tubs were bubbling with Hawthorn, which studies have shown can lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. In July, the blend will include Tulsi that has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Come August, eucalyptus, which has cooling properties and a knack for relieving sore muscles, will be a part of the blend. The tub doesn’t contain any yeast.
The spa is also adding a cosmetic mini-bar in the therapy rooms, with an assortment of products like beer hair masks, CBD face masks and hops-infused beard oil that can be purchased as add-ons to the experience.
Much like you’d check in early to enjoy the relaxation room before a massage, spa-goers here come prior to their appointments to fill up insulated beer tumblers and unwind on peacock blue velvet couches. A clawfoot tub that’s just for show and a beer spa sign with greenery make a great backdrop for a photo.
Each month a new local brewery is on tap. Recently, Spice Trade Brewing spotlighted summer sips like Sun Temple, an juicy IPA with big notes of peach and mango and the Spa Sidekick, a refreshing Gose-style sour with fresh cucumber juice and lemon peel. Local ciders and wine are also on tap. Pours are tracked with an ID card so you can pay at the end and the treatment rooms are outfitted with beer holders so you can bring your drink with you.
As an add-on experience, there’s “Zero Gravity” massage chairs that recline so your back is parallel to the floor and your legs are elevated, creating a weightless, floating feeling.
The spa began by offering 60 minute sessions in the therapy rooms. After hearing feedback from guests who wanted more time to enjoy the rooms, sessions have been bumped to 90 minutes, with a standard reservation starting at $159.