Bottoms up: New businesses centered around alcohol in Amarillo

Bottoms up: New businesses centered around alcohol in Amarillo

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Drinks will soon flow in multiple locations around Amarillo as three new businesses prepare to open to the public.

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Pondaseta Brewing Co. is bringing new life to an old tire shop near SW 45th and Coulter.

"This is the side of town we always visit, it's the part of Amarillo that seems to be growing fastest, and it seems to be lacking something of this nature," said Kaleb West, co-founder of Pondaseta.

Co-founders West and Trever Martin grew up in the Amarillo area. Experiencing breweries across the state and throughout the rest of the country, they decided to tap into the brewery industry, themselves, adding to the growth of breweries in Amarillo.

"The industry is absolutely growing in Amarillo and we're happy to be a part of it," said West. "That being said, the industry has been growing for a lot longer in the rest of the country."

The owners plan on using locally-grown goods in their brewing process.

"Our brewery is going to focus on locally-sourced products such as wheat and barley and locally sourced grain," said Martin. "We actually found some yeast out of Texas, some hops out of Texas."

Pondaseta also says their business will be a family-friendly atmosphere and will go beyond the beer to also serve small plates, cold brew coffee and possibly even craft sodas.

Another booze-focused business opening soon is Happy Hour. Set to open in just a few weeks on Aug. 30 near Western and Olsen, the owners say it will deliver your choice of alcoholic beverage to you, whether you're at the office, home or elsewhere. They will also have a storefront so you can grab a drink to-go.

According to recent alcohol and building permits, a new restaurant Vaquero Tacos and Tequila is in the works at the endcap of a plaza near Bell and I-40. An opening date has not yet been set.

Ahead of its estimated October opening, Pondaseta hopes to bring something new to the community.

"Hopefully we bring new trends and diverse flavors that maybe people around here haven't had and ultimately, we just want to bring our passion for craft beer to our community," said Martin.

That's a business venture many can raise a glass to.

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