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Trying a ‘Beer Bath’ at the Grand Wellness Centre

In Brantford, Ontario, the ‘Grand Wellness Centre’ and the ‘Rambling Road’ beer farm are ‘brewing up’ something special.

The Grand Wellness Centre is incorporating one of Rambling Road’s local craft beers to create a unique twist to the traditional spa treatment…a beer soak! I was SO intrigued that I just had to visit the spa and farm to get the full story – from brew to bath.

Trying a ‘Beer Bath’ at the Grand Wellness Centre

I walked into the Grand Wellness Centre bright and early with coffee in hand, unsure of what to expect but excited for the morning of rejuvenation ahead. I was pleasantly surprised to be lead on a tour of the building, which dates back to the town’s more industrial days. Today the spa gives off a ‘rustic chic’ ambiance with original wood and brick accents, offering the more observant guest some architectural insights into its history.

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After a detoxifying and relaxing rest in the infrared sauna, I was led to the “beer bath” treatment room. I walked in and momentarily was whisked away to Scandinavia (or somewhere more exotic than South Western Ontario).

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Before me sat a gorgeous wooden claw foot styled bathtub, filled with sudsy warm water, Rambling Road’s beer and buds of hops sprinkled on top. The room contained thematic accents of barley filled mason jars and rustic wine barrels; it was simply divine!

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“But doesn’t it smell like beer”, you ask? Surprisingly no, since the beer and hops are diluted with water, you do not smell like beer. Yet the concoction still contains just the right combination to detoxify and nourish your skin. After 20 plus minutes of luxuriously soaking in the tub, my skin felt SO smooth and amazing! In fact, it remained silky and soft for the days to follow – I didn’t even need to moisturize. I was also told that the treatment is great for your hair, though I decided not to get mine wet.

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I know some of you are probably secretly wondering, “so…did you try drinking the bath?”…

No, I can certainly say I did not drink the bath water.. *laughs* ..and I wouldn’t recommend you try it. But since you asked, the treatment does come with a complimentary pint of the craft beer you are soaking in (or a glass of wine if you prefer). * Note: if your treatment is before 11:00 am the spa cannot serve alcohol yet.

Once I finished my bath, I showered off and dressed to complete my visit with the halotheraphy and foot detox treatments. The salt cave experience is just as its name implies: The room is a dreamy space lit with salt lamps and equipped with a halogenerator, which filters the air with subtle humidity and salt – a perfect combination for respiratory detoxification. The temperature is slightly lower than you would expect, so blankets and slippers are offered for your convenience. The salt caves were incredibly relaxing, so it’s no surprise that it can help those who experience anxiety. The foot detox carries on the salt therapy trend, offering more opportunities for detoxi as you rest your feet on heated blocks of salt. The treatment supposedly combats insomnia, can help improve circulation, and even aid in kidney function and arthritis symptoms.

I left the Grand Wellness Centre feeling so refreshed and ready to take on the world. Ironically after all of that detox, I was now headed to sample some beer at the Rambling Roads Brew Farm.

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Rambling Roads Brewery is located in LaSalette, ON, just 30 minutes via scenic backroads from Brantford. Not only do I love to try out new craft beers, but knowing that I had just soaked in one made me want to sample Rambling Roads that much more.

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The farm is not your typical rural Ontario cash crop incorporation. Owner John Picards has grown and sold peanuts for years throughout Ontario, but recently made the jump to hops production. More than that, Rambling Roads has made history as the first and only brewery farm in Ontario and their Dakota Pale Ale (DPA) is the first potato beer in Ontario. I’m a sucker for the unique and strange, so the potato beer had me at hello. To my surprise (and delight) it tasted similar to most lighter ales, so I headed home with a 6-pack in tow.

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The verdict of my ‘brew to bath’ experience is out:

Whether you’re a beer lover or simply want to try something new, the Grand’s “beer bath” hydrotherapy treatment was a win… so why not hit the ‘Rambling’ road over to Brantford and try it out yourself?

You can reach the Grand Wellness Centre via their contact page. Be sure to let them know I sent you for the VIP treatment 😉

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What do you think, would you try a beer bath treatment?

Let me know in the comments below!

A special thank you to the Grand Wellness Centre for your superb service and for treating me to a morning of luxury! In the spirit of transparency, this post was sponsored. As always, my writing is representative of my own experiences.

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Lindz @ I've Been Bit! said:
I had NO idea Brantford had a beer bath! I'm totally getting this for my boyfriend for his birthday - he'll be all over that. Thank you for sharing this! :)
August 6, 2017 at 10:47 pm
Missy said:
I have always wanted to try this! And I have also heard beer in your hair= epic locks! Adding to my bucket list!
August 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm
Lolo said:
We've done several beer baths in the Czech Republic and will soon be doing a chocolate spa/bath and a wine bath! I can't wait!!
August 5, 2017 at 9:26 am
mihaela said:
What an experience. Bookemarked! And the place looks great too. alcohol before 11AM??? Jk jk! :-)))
August 5, 2017 at 9:21 am
Samantha said:
We have beer spa experiences here in Prague although I have never tried. Sounds like a nice experience though. Wonder if there is a wine version?
August 5, 2017 at 8:43 am
Miranda said:
I've heard of these in Europe, but this is so cool that there's one in Canada! I live in Wisconsin, so this is much more closer to home for me to try :)
August 5, 2017 at 8:36 am
Christabel said:
Ha, I'm not the biggest fan of beer but I definitely would not say no to trying a beer bath. The salt cave sounds amazing...I want to try it!
August 5, 2017 at 8:17 am
Lisa said:
That sounds like a great experience. I would definitely try that!
August 5, 2017 at 7:58 am said:
A killer combination right Jan?
August 5, 2017 at 7:58 am said:
Thanks Sophie!! :)
August 5, 2017 at 7:57 am said:
You are so welcome Ketki, happy to hear that it inspired you :)
August 5, 2017 at 7:57 am said:
It is super cute isn't it? Happy to hear you are putting it on your list Yolanda :)
August 5, 2017 at 7:56 am said:
Definitely do Caroline :)
August 5, 2017 at 7:54 am said:
Yah exactly, who has time for that lol. It didn't smell like beer AT all, plus you get to shower off after so it wasn't a concern :) Thanks for the comment Catherine!
August 5, 2017 at 7:54 am said:
I didn't either Lyne, I think that's why I was so intrigued! It's just so unique
August 5, 2017 at 7:53 am said:
Exactly my thoughts :)
August 5, 2017 at 7:53 am said:
Lol I know right, it legitimately never crossed my mind but someone asked me if I did hahaha so I threw it in the post for laughs :)
August 5, 2017 at 7:51 am said:
Hey Stephanie, I totally agree. I was so intrigued and it was so close by for me being based in London, ON so I had to give it a whirl :D
August 5, 2017 at 7:50 am
maegan said:
I love beer and have never thought about soaking in it! I'd be down for this!
August 4, 2017 at 8:24 pm
annette said:
Um....Incredible!!! A Beer Bath looks super relaxing. I've never heard of it! Thanks for sharing.
August 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm
sophie said:
I love the smell of beer! the title itself is fun "Beer farm to the Bathtub" not at all "gross"
August 4, 2017 at 3:18 am
Janis said:
Wow, two of my favourite things! A spa visit and beer! Gonna check it out!
August 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm
Ketki said:
This absolutely looks like an awesome experience. I am always game to try something new and beer soaking has to be tried. This is now on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing and i am gonna google where can i find it closest to!
August 3, 2017 at 6:12 am
Elle said:
This sounds like a such a cool place to visit, and definitely looks Scandinavian. I wonder how many people try to drink the water haha!
August 3, 2017 at 5:04 am
Yolanda said:
I love that cute tub and a beer soak??? I have never heard of that! I must put this on my list!
August 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm
Caroline said:
Had no idea that such a bath existed, but that sounds pretty awesome! Will have to check it out if I'm ever out there!
August 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm
Catherine - Red Door Ponderings said:
What a unique take on spa experience. I did worry you may smell like beer (who needs that!) but thankfully not.
August 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm
Lyne said:
It's the first time I read about something like this ! I didn't know you could use beer as some sort of spa treatment, I want to try now !
August 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm
Stephanie said:
That sounds divine! I think I'm going to have to try everything you just mentioned. I have been to a salt cave before in Oakville, ON but the thought of the beer bath has got me intrigued ?
August 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm
Michelle Joy said:
Well that is super creative! My initial thought was "gross" because I don't like the smell of beer, so it helps to know it doesn't smell. Still not sure if I would try it, but it's hard to pass up any kind of relaxing spa treatment, right?!
August 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm