If any society was going to develop beer-based bathing, it was going to be the
Germans Austria (what with their high beer consumption and comfort with public nudity). The Cellar Image of the Day today features three happy swimmers up to their necks in the local bier.
Old soaks – and young ones – are being offered the opportunity to take the plunge in beer-filled swimming pools each containing 42,000 pints of amber nectar. An Austrian brewery built in a medieval castle that also offers overnight accommodation for visitors has started offering the dips as a part of their new ‘wellness’ programme – despite the fact that some swimmers swallow more than is good for them. The Starkenberg Beer Myth resort located in the medieval castle of Starkenberg in Tyrol has filled seven 13ft long pools with the beer. Although the management claims that beer baths heal various skin diseases, and that it also has positive effects on the hair and fingernails, some guests prefer drinking their favourite brew while swimming in the pools.
Remember that old pool-side sign–“there’s no P in our ‘ool, please keep it that way”.