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Brewery Granted Access To Hot Springs

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 12:39pm

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The National Park Service has granted limited access for a microbrewery to operate in the Superior Bathhouse.

The Park Service announced in March that it's negotiating a long-term lease with Vapor Valley Spirits. Hot Springs National Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez says the company cannot begin brewing until the lease is finalized.

Under the authorization granted Tuesday, the company can use the bathhouse for special events and retail sales until the lease is signed. The Sentinel-Record reports the microbrewery plans to open in 2013.

The company hopes to use Hot Springs' thermal waters to brew beer and non-alcoholic drinks. The authorization granted Tuesday does not allow the company to produce spirits.

The Superior Bathhouse, which opened in 1916, offered hydrotherapy and massage services before it closed in 1983.

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