Arkansas February 13, 2018
The Only Brewery In A National Park Is Right Here In Arkansas And You Need To Visit
We all know Arkansas is the best state, although we may be a bit biased. We really do have some of the most unique businesses and record-setting spots in the nation though. Let’s look at the first brewery to ever open in a national park and the only one to use hot spring water, the Superior Bathhouse Brewery.
As you walk down Bathhouse Row on Central Avenue, you'll come across the Superior Bathhouse.
The Superior used to be a spa like the other seven on the row. It ran from 1916 to 1983. After a long vacancy and two years of negotiation, the bathhouse reopened as the Superior Bathhouse Brewery in 2013. It's the first-ever brewery to open in a national park.
Owner, Rose Schweikhart, is the pioneer behind the brewery.
Her technical background in music and appreciation of traditional beer styles from around the world forged the foundation of the Superior's variety of in-house brews.
The (not so) secret behind the Superior's excellent craft is in the water.
Hot Springs' thermal waters pump directly into the Superior at 140°. The city is one of the only places in the world to have naturally uncontaminated hot spring water.
Each of the Superior's house brews usually incorporate famous people and spots throughout Hot Springs' history.
You can sip on the Whittington Park Wheat or the Hitchcock Spring Kolsch. Their oatmeal stout, Foul Play Brewlesque, is named for the local burlesque troupe, Foul Play Cabaret.
If you're indecisive, you should try a flight.
Create a flight of four beers to find a new favorite.
If you're really indecisive, then order the Beer Bath.
The Beer Bath comes with all 18 tap brews served in 4 oz. glasses.
Pair your Hot Springs' water with a Superior souvenir.
The Superior offers growlers for any of their 18 brews.
Come in for the famous beer, but stay for lunch.
They have delicious pub fare as well as full dinner options and gelato for dessert! The food and atmosphere make it a perfect stop for any touring group.
Don't hesitant to bring in your family and enjoy this one-of-a-kind Hot Springs treasure.
The Superior Bathhouse Brewery finishes the Bathhouse Row at 329 Central Ave. in Hot Springs.
If you’d like to learn how Hot Springs National Park is technically the first national park in the nation, read
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