First Look: Pour, the country’s largest self-serve taproom, opening this fall in Plaza Midwood

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This article was updated August 2018.

Pour, a Hoppin’-style self-serve bar with locations in places like Durham, Asheville and Charleston, is targeting a fall opening in Plaza Midwood.

Pour Charlotte will have 118 taps — half of them dedicated to North Carolina beers and the rest featuring beers from all over the world. It’ll be the largest self-serve taproom in the United States.

There will be four taps of red wine, three taps of white, one tap of prosecco and both water and root beer taps as well.

For reference, Hoppin’ has about 60 taps.

“Plaza Midwood is such a cool location for a taproom like this,” said James Lunney, owner of Pour Taproom Charlotte. “It has such an awesome vibe between the existing local businesses and all of the residents that live in the area.”

Inside will be a mix of high top and long top tables, a lounge in the front left corner and a game area with skee-ball.

Hours will be Monday to Thursday 3-11 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. During off hours, the space will be available for private event rentals.

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It’ll work just like Hoppin’, but instead of a wristband, you’ll get a plastic card pre-loaded to pay for up to 32 ounces that you swipe using QR code technology at the taps.

It’ll disabled after 32 ounces, when you’ll need to recharge the card (so you don’t get sloppy).

Hungry? Food trucks will be on-site daily on a rotating basis.

Pour will also have a unique “WTF Wall” — an exhibition that poses the following challenge to Charlotte area breweries: What is the quirkiest, most exotic beer you can brew out of a random substance? The WTF Wall will showcase the creativity of select local breweries by inviting them to produce a wild beer and be featured in 3 rotating taps for first-time public consumption.

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Pour Charlotte will be a whopping 6,900 square feet.

The exact address is 1212 Central Avenue, near Moo & Brew in the heart of Plaza Midwood.

The building, originally built in 1945 as a WWII ammunition warehouse, has served as a bakery and church and a warehouse.  “This iconic, historic building needed to be put back into service and live the life it deserved,” James said.

The building’s original windows are still intact and you’ll find a contrast of the exposed brick and metal beams with modern self-pour tech.

The space will be dog-friendly inside and out.

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