Shower beers are a thing that many of us have enjoyed, hitting a relaxing shower with a cold beer in hand. For some it’s that first bit of refreshment and elevation as you’re washing the sweat and grime from an afternoon working in the yard. For others it’s a transition beer as you ready for an evening of drinking on the town.
But whatever the reasons, shower beers add to the pleasure of a hot steaming shower almost poetically. And we stand by them.
Increasingly science is standing by them too.
“The shower beer is actually a great way to improve productivity and creativity,” Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth, of NYC Surgical Associates, told Fatherly. “Showers are a great way to release dopamine, and adding one drink to that can assist your creative juices due to your relaxed mindset.”
“This is something that we’ve speculated about for 30 years, based on animal studies, but haven’t observed in humans until now,” study co-author Jennifer Mitchell, professor of neurology at University of California, San Francisco added.
The actual origin of the shower beer is difficult to nail down, but the practice has probably been around as long there have been showers and packaged beer.
The shower beer as a craft beer thing can be traced back to the Pangpang Brewery in Sweden when they released a strong (10% ABV) and sweet Pale Ale that still comes in small four sip bottles, so you can down the beer before it gets to warm.
Described by the brewery as “the ultimate pre-game beer that will set you on the right track for the night,” Pangpang Shower Beer, which was made with Earl Grey tea, comes in a bottle with screen painted ink affording this unique mood-enhancer a better grip while you’re showering.
Shower beer pros insist that for safety alone, the best shower beers come in cans. They also suggest that for the best shower beer experience one makes a more sessionable choice. After all a true shower beer is about enhancing the relaxation that comes with a warm shower, not getting totally messed up.