Superior Bathhouse Brewery’s ‘Centennial Elixir’ was brewed in honor of Scorching Springs Nationwide Park’s 100 yr celebration

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Rose Schweikhart

100 years in the past — Thursday, March 4, 1921 — President Woodrow Wilson put his title on a doc declaring a lush, mountainous strip of land within the Ouachita Mountains as Scorching Springs Nationwide Park. What had been designated by Congress in 1832 as a reservation was established as a heralded bellwether of Wilson’s comparatively new nationwide parks program, with government-led protections for the 47 thermal springs that bubble up from the Earth at a feisty 143 levels, believed by many then and now to be medicinal. To mark the centennial, we’re celebrating all issues Spa Metropolis — the issues that make it a geological anomaly, the issues that make it a haven for lovers of pizza and playing and biking, and the issues that hold it perennially bizarre.

There will not be a greater method to say cheers to the Scorching Springs Nationwide Park centennial than clinking collectively two pints of Superior Bathhouse Brewery’s Centennial Elixir Indian Pale Lager. Brewed with centennial hops, the staff at Superior created the Centennial Elixir in honor of the 100-year celebration, and it additionally corresponded with Arkansas Craft Beer week final week. Superior additionally launched a brand new pickle bitter beer known as Jess’ Large Dill.

Superior Bathhouse Brewery, situated at 329 Central Ave., resides in a historic former bathhouse that sat vacant for 30 years. It’s the one brewery within the U.S. situated in a nationwide park, and it’s the one brewery on the planet to make the most of thermal spring water in its beer. In 2011, Rose Schweikhart moved to Scorching Springs with a dream to commercially brew beer utilizing the spa metropolis’s 144-degree spring water.

The Fordyce Funk farmhouse ale

Superior has 18 beers on faucet and for $30, you may take a “Beer Bathtub” and pattern all of them. Flights, which embody 4 4-ounce tasters, are additionally out there for $7. A few of the extra outlandish sounding brews: the “Spicy Experience” jalapeño ale; “Doane’s Delight” double chocolate stout; “Rauchiger Berg,” a German-style smoke lager with notes of applewood; and the “Fordyce Funk” farmhouse ale, which is aged eight months with saison yeast plus wild fermentation with eight strains of Brettanomyces (wild yeast).

Beer flight

The meals menu has all kinds of choices together with jalapaño beer cheese, burgers, a bahn mi sandwich, rooster wings and tenders, pulled pork tacos, farmhouse salads, and a Vietnemese-style soup known as the Yum Enjoyable Bowl. For dessert, you may strive the “World-Well-known Root Beer Float” made with thermal water root beer, actual honey and cane sugar, and — at all times price noting — served in a frozen mug. 

Superior Bathhouse Brewery

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Solar.-Mon; closed Tue.; 11 a.m. -9 p.m. Wed-Thu.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Superior Bathhouse Brewery is at the moment seating a restricted variety of visitors at a time and requiring all visitors and employees to put on masks upon getting into the constructing. Clients could take away their masks whereas consuming and consuming at their desk.

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