By Sarah Mausert
Pour just opened in June ahead of the Unscripted Motel in downtown Durham and it looks like it is going to be a great downtown hangout spot. This is the fourth Pour to open so far; the first opened in Asheville in 2014. Several more of the independently owned taprooms are planned throughout the southeast and Texas and there is even one in Santa Cruz, California.
Pour has over 60 ciders, beers, and wines on tap. This is a pour your own taproom so you can taste as much or as little as you would like. The brews are broken down into categories with a strong showing of locals, which are well labeled. One of the owners, Dan Enarson, mentioned that some customers are even mixing a few things together, like mixing Framboise with prosecco or chocolate stout. On the weekends there is orange juice available for making mimosas.
Here is how it works: when you walk in, go to the counter where a member of the super friendly staff checks your ID and takes your payment. They link it to a red bracelet that you use to get your beer, you pick out your glass from one of the shelves at either end of the row of taps, choose your beer, hold your bracelet up to the Pour logo on the lower right corner of the tap, when the tap lights up green, you pour your beer. Here’s a tip I’ve learned: hold the bracelet up to the lower half of the logo for better reception.
If you get peckish while drinking your libation of choice, there are a few options. Charcuterie boards are available as well as a small menu of sandwiches served with your choice of carrots or chips, including some choices for kids. There is also a blackboard above the registers that features some options from The Littler/Pizzeria Toro. Most recently on the board were Caesar salad endive, NC crab cake sliders, Swedish meatballs, and egg salad toast with salmon roe. I can personally recommend the crab cake sliders as well as the classic grilled cheese from the sandwich menu. The goal is to partner with more nearby restaurants, such as the Jack Tar Diner, as they open, to offer more food options.
At Pour, one of the goals is to foster a sense of community, which influences the design of the taproom, according to Enarson. Most of the tables are long and meant to be shared by groups. Even the booths have low backs to maintain the open atmosphere of the space. Seating is available indoors and out. Outdoors, you are welcome to bring your dog and you have a great view of Major, the bull, and his plaza. You can also expect to hear live music and there are some games by the registers available to play.
The taproom opens at noon, daily, is open until 1AM Friday and Saturday and closes at 11PM on other days. The beverage options are on the website and update automatically when kegs are changed out.