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Superior Bathhouse Brewery

When Rose Schweikhart heard about a unique opportunity to lease historic bathhouses in Hot Springs, Ark., she immediately thought it would be the perfect place to launch her dream of opening the town’s first brewery. Superior Bathhouse Brewery is today the first and only brewery in the world to use thermal spring water. Rose’s project came together through a combination of tools and resources coordinated by Southern Bancorp, from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Minority Ownership Loan Guaranty Program and an SBA loan to an economic development grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank. Additionally, Southern Bancorp connected Rose to the Henderson State University’s Small Business Technology Center to provide technical assistance. Today, Superior Bathhouse Brewing employs 42 people and has become a popular food and beer lover’s destination as well as a valuable member of the local business community. Learn more at