PHOTOS Sneak peek at Pour Taproom on Haywood Road in West Asheville


Here’s a sneak peek at Pour Taproom,  a new craft beer bar that will allow visitors to sample beer by the ounce. With 44 taps (including one for water and a couple for non-alcoholic brews such as root beer; there’s wine on tap, too), owner Nate Tomforde is hoping Pour will draw beer aficionados to his 800 Haywood Road location in West Asheville.

Tomforde is wrapping up loose ends and hopes to open in the next couple of weeks. He’s installed a high tech system that works like this: a visitor hands over an ID and credit that is swiped to open a tab, and gets their cards and a wristband back. The visitor can then go to any tap, flash the wristband and get a pour. Bartenders will be on hand to answer any questions and monitor the self-pours, which are already regulated electronically.

The system meets all North Carolina alcohol regulations, according to Tomforde. The system is only the second of its kind in the country, he said.

Pour Taproom is next door to Asheville Sandwich Company, which will provide food for the venue, which has a small outdoor space out back. There’s also a downstairs space that runs the length of the upstairs and will be dedicated to a lounge and games, including shuffleboard and darts. A downstairs outdoor space will offer corn hole, too.



John M September 19, 2014 - 2:43 pm

When’s it going to open?

Susan September 20, 2014 - 12:01 am

Pour is now open. It will be open Saturday 1pm-12am, Sunday 1-9pm, Mon-Thurs. 4-11pm

JP September 19, 2014 - 1:45 pm

So what happens if a beer is pouring super foamy? Does the customer pay for that?

chris September 19, 2014 - 3:22 pm

From what I gather, it has a liquid flow meter before the tap, to track the serving size.

Tracy Hyorth September 16, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Price per ounce? Realize it may vary with brand, but a range?

chris September 19, 2014 - 9:45 am

Generally less than 50 cents, from what I saw

Paul September 10, 2014 - 8:48 pm

If you like a particular one ounce pour, can you get a regular glass?

Pour Taproom September 11, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Yes, all types of glassware are available. We have pint glasses, footed ale glasses, Belgium glasses, flight glasses, and goblets.
You can pour as little as an ounce or up to a full glass. You get to decide, that’s the fun part.

smytty September 19, 2014 - 7:59 am

I have seen similar concepts with wine in the past, but never with beer.

Props to Pour for stepping from behind the curtain to address questions directly.

chris September 19, 2014 - 3:23 pm

They’re going to have some wines on tap, as well, from what I saw last night.

Anne September 10, 2014 - 4:50 pm

This is going to be a one of a kind spot! A neighborhood place to hang out and play games and taste some awesome beer! What could be better? Oh, add the food from next door.

ashevillain September 16, 2014 - 11:14 am


Smytty September 10, 2014 - 10:13 am

According to the C-T, Asheville Growler is closed up.

Santa September 9, 2014 - 9:00 pm

We’ve been down there recently and parking was a BITCH. Bank lot full, street spots full, lots around Westville/Bakery full. Does this place have it’s own lot? ~ Curious

Jason September 10, 2014 - 8:40 am

No, and don’t park across the street in the parking lot or you will get towed.

Pour Taproom September 10, 2014 - 8:35 pm

After 5pm you can park across the street by Hops & Vines and also a gravel lot below that. That’s a total of 20 spots. Further west on Haywood there is lots of free parking spots on the street that are available at night.
Hope to see you soon!

luther blissett September 9, 2014 - 6:32 pm

That tap line looks like a modified urinal.

Matt September 9, 2014 - 8:23 pm

Ah, you beat me to the punch.

Especially the way the light in the picture makes it look like a curved basin…

jessica September 9, 2014 - 4:56 pm

so excited for pour to open!!! 🙂

jack September 9, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Can you take it to go?

Justin Brackett September 9, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Pour Taproom will be selling Growlers too! So in some since, yes you can take it to go!

David September 9, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Go to Savannah or NOLA for that!

Pour Taproom September 9, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Yes! We have growlers to go.

Courtney September 9, 2014 - 1:15 pm

This looks awesome. I had heard a place like this was opening in WAVL and am very excited to see it in action.

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