Superfecta of Suds for Arkansas Derby

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Enjoy a tasty beer, some great music, and a savory pizza at SQZBX Brewery & Pizza Joint (Sara Reeves)

Heading to Hot Springs, Ark., for the Grade 1, $1million Arkansas Derby on April 14 at Oaklawn Park? Put these four local breweries on your list of where to go when you finish up your day at the racetrack.

Superior Bathhouse Brewery

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It doesn’t get much better than sipping on a beer brewed with 144-degree thermal spring water in a bathhouse that first opened in 1916.

As the first brewery in a U.S. National Park and the first to utilize thermal spring water as the main ingredient, Superior Bathhouse Brewery is a top of the list destination when you come for the races.

Try the Chaudfontaine Houblon, a Belgian-style Imperial IPA.

Core Public House

Courtesy of Core Brewery

New to downtown Hot Springs is Core Public House. Based in Springdale, Ark., the brewery opened its doors in Hot Springs on Jan. 26. Their cute welcoming mascot, a weenie dog named Barney, proudly covers the brew house.

Have a sweet tooth when it comes to brews? They’ve got you covered. Try the Toasted Coconut with real natural coconut. It’s like biting into a Girl Scouts Samoa cookie.

Bubba Brew’s

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Originating in Bonnerdale, Ark., Bubba Brews just opened its downtown Spa City Taproom and a location on Lake Hamilton outside of downtown Hot Springs. Bubbas also has plenty of made-from-scratch pub favorites to pair with the perfect brew.

Try the Talladega Spuds paired with their flagship beer, a medium Amber Bock style lager, the Ten Point Bock.

SQZBX Brewery & Pizza Joint

SQZBX (pronounced Squeezebox) Brewery & Pizza Joint has one of the most unique locations for a brewery. Sharing a roof with Hot Springs solar-powered community radio station, KUHS, the pizza pub and brewery has a strong focus on music.

Refurbished accordions are used as light fixtures, old pianos are part of the bar, and live music regularly fills the shotgun room.

Try the sweet and tart Dry County Cider and add a Wide Load pizza to the table as well.

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