Update on Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery

Outside view of Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery.

Outside view of Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery.

A quick update on the Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery, a craft microbrewery and restaurant located on Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National Park. A tasting room on site is now open, along with a restaurant. The craft beer tasting room is located in the historic lobby of the bathhouse and there is a custom built beer tap with 18 taps. The restaurant offers eclectic pub fare and beer parings to put with different foods. The aim is to use as much local produce as possible in dishes.

The featured beer  are varieties that are rare in Arkansas and ones that highlight regional breweries such as Lazy Magnolia located in Mississippi and Core Brewing in Springdale, Arkansas.

The Superior Bathhouse building had previously been vacant for 30 years after it closed its doors to bathers in 1983.

Due to the scope of the operation, the owners are opening the project in phases. According to Rose Cranson, president and distillatrix of the brewery, they will soon make their own brew on site using thermal spring water. Cranson said she hopes this part of the operation will be ready by early Fall. When it is, it will be the world’s first brewery or distillery to use thermal spring water as the main ingredient. It will also be the only brewery located inside a national park.

View of the epic tap located in the main lobby of the Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery.

View of the epic tap located in the main lobby of the Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery.

The National Park Service sends thermal water to the Superior in its hot state, at about 144 degrees. From that point plans are for the brewery to use their custom built brewing and distilling equipment, plus grains, hops, and yeast, to turn that water into craft beers, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages, including root beer and seltzer.

Overall, the Superior Bathhouse Brewery project has been a big task and it has taken two years to get both the project and construction (they had to have it approved by historical architects and even archeologists) completed. The first phase has been opened in an effort to introduce the public to the brewery.

the crew

The crew: Todd Cranson, Jennifer Therrien, Jimm Powell, Rose Cranson, and Angela Nardi.

So far the staff includes head chef Angela Nardi, Marque Haupert, who will be operating a gelato counter, Todd Cranson, who will be head brewer (Cranson is also the director of the Hot Springs Music Festival in town and is Rose’s husband) and general manager Jimm Powell.

To keep updated on the progress of the brewery, check out their website here.

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in E-newsletter
4 comments on “Update on Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery
  1. linda bugeja says:

    Will there be an opening celebration in the fall? Are there cabins to rent in the park or rv hookups? cost per night? free samples of the Arkansas Hot Springs beer?

  2. jerry mann says:

    Really great beer!!! WOW

  3. big game says:

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your
    blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

Add a Comment

*

Related City

Hot Springs, Arkansas and Hot Springs National Park owe their existence to an array of springs that still supply naturally heated water for thermal baths. The Fordyce Bathhouse, located on famous Bathhouse Row, serves as the park’s visitor center.

Hot Springs is the smallest and oldest of the pa...

Read More