Arkansas brew­ing com­pany ex­pands Hot Springs craft beer scene

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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.”

The Sen­tinel-Record/Mara Kuhn

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.

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