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Microbrewery to Open Beer Spa in North Iceland

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Microbrewery to Open Beer Spa in North Iceland

Hrísey island.

Hrísey island basking in the midnight sun. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Microbrewery Bruggsmiðjan in Árskógssandur, a village in North Iceland, is planning to open a beer spa in the region, with a view of Hrísey island, in February next year. Guests will be invited to bathe in a mixture of beer, water, hops and yeast.

“If you lie in it, [your skin] will be smooth as silk,” Sigurður Bragi Ólafsson, Bruggsmiðjan’s chief brewer, stated on radio program Bítið on Bylgjan this morning. “For those who would like to sip beer while at it, there will be a pump next to each tub.”

The spa will have seven tubs for two persons. Construction is scheduled to begin in September. It will be modeled on similar beer spas abroad. “We have been on a few field trips, for example to the Czech Republic, where they’re rather common,” Sigurður said.

Bruggsmiðjan produced 700,000 liters of its beer Kaldi last year. Celebrating its tenth anniversary in September, the microbrewery will add a new beer to its collection: Kaldi Imperial Pilsner.

Bruggsmiðjan also offers daily tours of the brewery, welcoming 12,000 visitors in 2015.

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