Superior Bathhouse–America’s Only Brewery Located in a National Park

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Superior Bathhouse Brewery downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Thirty-something Rose Schweikhart turned her personal passion for beer in to a driving and thriving brewery and culinary business. It’s the Superior Bathhouse Brewery smack in the heart of downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

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Rose Schweikhart. Hot Springs Arkansas
Rose Schweikhart with Tom Wilmer

Two distinctive qualities separate Superior from the rest of the burgeoning micro-brew industry across the country. You see, Rose’s enterprise is the only brewery situated within a National Park, and it is the only brewery in the world utilizing thermal spring water.

Another engaging dimension of Schweikhart’s brewery is that it’s located in a historic circa-1916 Classic Revival-style repurposed bathhouse—a remnant from the glory days when Hot Springs spas attracted patrons, and patients from around the world seeking a multiplicity of cures, and relief from an endless litany of ailments.

In partnership with the National Park Service, a million dollar plus renovation—reuse of the old bathhouse provided Rose with a fifty-year lease. In addition to offering beers crafted on-site, Schweikhart also serves a cool selection of regional favorites from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and naturally, Arkansas.

Listen To Rose Schweikhart’s NPR.ORG Podcast Interview

A bonus at Superior is that there’s also a tasty selection of pub fare, from meat and potatoes to gluten free, and vegetarian items.

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer at the Superior Bathhouse Brewery where he visits with owner and visionary Rose Schweikhart who talks story about her passion for brews, with a special fondness for Belgian style.

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Superior Bathhouse Brewery
Superior Brewery in mid-distance along legendary Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs Arkansas. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
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Vista from mountaintop at hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer


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Classic Architecture abounds in downtown Hot Springs Arkansas. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer