Self-serve Pour Taproom to open in downtown Charleston

November 3, 2016 GMT


A self-serve brewpub chain that sells craft beers by the ounce is expanding to downtown Charleston.

Pour Taproom has leased about 3,600 square feet at 560 King St., according to an announcement Thursday from the commercial real estate firm Avison Young.

The space is in the Hyatt hotel complex at the Midtown site, just south of Spring Street.

Pour Taproom has one brewpub in the Upstate - in Greenville - and two others, in Asheville and Santa Cruz Calif. Its website says a new location is “coming soon” but did not elaborate. The company could not be reached for immediate comment.

According to a 2014 report in the Asheville Citizens-Times, Pour Taproom uses wristbands that are electronically linked to its taps via radio chips. The meter-like technology enables customers who open a tab to pour their own beer by the ounce.

“What is great about this is you can try 10 different beers and not even drink two pints,” owner Nate Tomforde told the North Carolina newspaper two years ago. “This is done with wine. This is a true beer tasting room.”

The wristbands have a cut-off feature, and patrons must have the bracelets reactivated by an employee after reaching a certain pour limit, according to reports.

Pour Taproom’s food menu includes tacos, burritos and quesadillas.