Eight beers on faucet. Twelve daiquiri machines. Forty instances of daiquiri combine. Over 100 bottled and canned beers. 4 hundred and fifty gallons of alcohol. Eighteen thousand chilly cups.
By the numbers, you possibly can inform that the crew at Thirsty Penguin is gearing up for an enormous grand opening this weekend at their drive-thru daiquiri and beer barn.
Proprietor Brent Cloyd stated when he bought the constructing for Thirsty Penguin final Might, he initially thought of turning it right into a retail area, however due to its historical past as a drive-thru beer barn prior to now, he determined it might be good to deliver the same enterprise again to the group, and his Thirsty Penguin concept was born.
“We gutted the constructing right down to the body and constructed the walk-in cooler and made one of the best use of the area we now have,” he stated. “Earlier than it was a beer barn it was a mechanic store, so we’re a bit tight on area, however we plan on rotating the drive-thru to go round the entire constructing after which inside. We are able to match 23 automobiles in line after we do this.”
The Thirsty Penguin hosted a tender opening on Superbowl Sunday for 5 hours and bought 500 daiquiris throughout that point, Cloyd stated, which was a good way to gauge how the group would react to the brand new idea.
This weekend, the official grand opening can have a Mardi Gras theme and happen from 12 Midday to 10 p.m. on each Saturday and Sunday. Meals truck Krack of Daybreak will probably be on web site till 5 p.m. on Saturday and drink specials will run all weekend.
Wanting into the longer term, Cloyd plans on making Thirsty Penguin a vacation spot for households. He’s at present having restrooms constructed behind the constructing. As soon as these are full, he’ll refinish the again patio the place there will probably be picnic tables, chairs and TVs for purchasers to observe sports activities. He additionally plans on constructing a small out of doors stage for dwell music and a playscape for youngsters.
“I personal all this land behind the constructing, so we will do some cool stuff,” he stated. “We additionally hope to have meals vehicles repeatedly right here, and we’ll rotate them out so it’s not the identical meals on a regular basis.”
Cloyd is pleased with the standard of the daquiris the Thirsty Penguin will probably be serving up. Every of the recipes was created by him personally, and he’s utilizing a Katy-based firm to make all-natural mixes.
“The strawberry daiquiri combine has actual strawberries within the combine, so that you’ll style items of strawberry if you take a drink,” he stated. “I don’t need individuals to get the impression that these daiquiris are like those you get on the water park. Every taste has a mixture of fruits in it and may be very pure.”
Cloyd stated he tried about 20 completely different distributors for the daiquiri mixes earlier than making a call as a result of he wished the drinks to have one of the best taste.
All the daiquiris are wine-based, however are infused with both rum, tequila or vodka relying on the flavour. The most well-liked flavors embody pina colada, margarita and strawberry. There are additionally some distinctive flavors, like liquid marijuana—which Cloyd stated tastes like inexperienced apple—and Hypnotic, which is a mixture of passionfruit, mango, lemon and a splash of orange. Ten of the machines will all the time have the identical standard flavors, and two of the machines will rotate with seasonal and specialty flavors, Cloyd added.
Thirsty Penguin additionally has eight beers on faucet, and clients can get a 16-ounce cup to go or a half-gallon growler to go. Along with the beers on faucet, there are additionally over 100 completely different beers obtainable for buy in bottles or cans. Cloyd hopes to finally have locally-crafted beers, like Hell or Highwater and Whitestone Brewery.
As soon as the drinks are poured, they’re sealed with a lid and label, after which warmth sealed right into a plastic bag for transport.
For non-alcohol drinkers and children, the Thirsty Penguin may even serve up Slush Puppies, sodas, vitality drinks, specialty waters, espresso and iced tea.
Starting Monday, the Thirsty Penguin will probably be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days every week. For extra info, go to thirstypenguin.com.