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Cover Story - Posted October 23, 2015 10:06 a.m.
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A toast to local drink

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Is Amarillo growing up? With the popularity of cooking shows on TV, organic choices at local supermarkets, and foodie culture in general, local tastes have definitely matured in terms of what’s on our plates. All that food has made us thirsty. Our city’s escalating food focus has piqued a burgeoning interest in craft beers, wine connoisseurship, and specialty cocktails. I Don’t Know Sports Bar & Grill has grown in popularity due to its extensive list of beers on tap. Macaroni Joe’s was just recognized by Wine Spectator for the strength of its wine list. Upscale restaurants like Public House and Taste Dessert Bar are pleasing patrons with fine whiskeys and handcrafted cocktails.

Thirsty yet? Now that our city has come of age, we decided it was time to belly up to the local alcohol scene, from beer joints to wine cellars to upscale craft cocktail spots. What follows is our list of what to drink and where to drink it.

Read more by clicking on each image below:

Craft Beer Guide

Wine Guide

Craft Cocktails & Whiskey Guide

Drinks and Devotion

Find Your Perfect Happy Hour

by Jason Boyett

Jason is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, and the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent is “12 World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths”, published by Zephyros Press. Learn more at
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