Want to be a center for your community? Open a brewery.
The residents of Ponca City, Jimmy Allen, Spencer Boatmun, Marc Spaulding and David Thomas opened the Vortex Alley Brewing Co. at 220 East Central in downtown Ponca City last December
"The biggest reason I chose the Name Vortex is a central place that pulls objects there, so we wanted to make this place, "said David Thomas, co-founder and brewer.
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"We spent 16 months building this building, building it together, Mark is a welder by profession, so our stools and fermenters and kettles were made by Mark," Thomas said. "We used up a lot of waste wood throughout the building, we did everything in our power to do it ourselves, and when we were done we were very happy with what we created and people love it and see that and say, "I did not even know that was one thing, I did not know it could look like that."
Her passion for beer is obvious in her working life, they all have full-time jobs and put the money they earn at the brewery, back to the brewery.
"Our way has always been that we grow while we go. That's the aspect we took from the beginning. We have an absolute passion for beer. We have an absolute passion for brewing beer, "said Thomas.
" We have our life-saving job, our livelihood, for what we do in-house. And then we have a job for love, we do not take any money, every dollar we make in the company, we sink back into business to grow. Our goal is to grow as big as Ponca City wants it to be, "he said.
Good things come in small packs The Vortex Alley Brewing Co. creates its beers on six 45-gallon systems They will be able to brew a wide range of beers for customers, usually brewing two batches on Saturday and one on Sunday to keep up with demand.
"We love to brew; We love to create. Our beer list changes weekly and is constantly changing, "Thomas said.
Vortex Alley Brewing was recently awarded the New Business of the Year by Ponca City Main Street for 2017, an honor and privilege for the brewery. [19659003Thebreweryalsoworkscloselywithfoodtrucksandgivesbeertothefoodtrucksotheycanpreparesomeoftheirfood
The population of Ponca City is about 25,000 and a successful brewery in a city of this size proves that Power of beer and the power it has to bring people together.
"I feel like this introduces lots of people to different beers … giving them a place to hang out with their friends or make a new friend make if they are here.
Another store opened next to Vortex – Back Alley Brewers and More, a homebrew store – so beer brewing starts in Ponca City.
The brewery's opening hours are from 4pm to 9pm Thursday and Friday and noon until 9 pm Saturday.