Arkansas brewing company expands Hot Springs craft beer scene
A successful Arkansas brewing company is looking to expand Hot Springs’ growing craft beer scene even further.
Core Brewing & Distilling Co., a craft beer microbrewery and micro-distillery based out of Springdale, plans to bring its signature brews to the south end of downtown Hot Springs by the end of 2017.
Jesse Core, the company’s founder, owner and namesake, finalized the pub’s architectural plans at its 833 Central Ave. location Wednesday and is looking forward to the pub’s renovation and construction.
Core said opening a location in Hot Springs made sense.
“It’s a historical town; there’s an emerging craft beer scene,” he said. “It was just a nice fit for us.”
Core founded Core Brewing in 2011 and has since opened pubs in nine locations across the state. Though many are located in northwest Arkansas, the company has also expanded south and east, opening pubs in locations such as Fort Smith and Little Rock.
Core Brewing’s Hot Springs pub will be located at the former site of Banjo Dan’s Vintage Guitars. Core described his pubs as “decompression zones” for locals, and hopes the Hot Springs location is just that.
“We like to be the place where the locals go and relax,” he said. “If you go to England and you pop into a local pub, that’s what ours are like. They’re welcoming, they’re friendly, and you’ll find all types of people there, from entry-level construction workers all the way up to CEO-level officers.”
Along with a welcoming atmosphere, Core hopes to bring unique food and beverages. He said the pub will serve Core’s craft brews and guest taps, and the company is working to create a food selection unique to that location.
As far as entertainment is concerned, Core said the pub will have games, Ping-Pong tables, shuffleboard, a projection screen and “plenty of TVs.”
“I hope we make a lot of customers happy,” Core said. “We get very immersed in the local culture, and hopefully, if we do a good job, the locals will feel like this is the place they need to go to decompress.”
Core said that is looking to get his
pub up and running by the end of October. He said that he and his company are “excited” to be expanding into Hot Springs.
“Hot Springs has always been a target of ours. It just took us some time to get all the way from northwest Arkansas,” he said. “The people in Hot Springs are just really cool about craft beer emerging, and hopefully we can help support that effort.”
GROWING SCENE: People walk past 833 Central Ave. on Saturday where Core Brewing & Distilling Co., a craft beer microbrewery and micro-distillery based out of Springdale, plans to open a location in the near future.