You can toast with specially made Pour Taproom glassware. CONTRIBUTED BY LAUREN VEREEN / SALUT MEDIA
From there, you’re on your own, and can drink by the ounce in increments up to two pints before checking in with a staff member again. In keeping with the tech-savvy Taproom theme, tablets connected to the Untappd networking service display tasting notes and ratings for each beer.
“I went to the Charlotte location and spent some time training with the folks there,” Ballester said. “They have about 117 taps there, and they rotate through the entire cooler in about two weeks. So you, as a customer, can have a different experience virtually any time you come in.
"We are the ninth location, and every one is a bit different. What's unique for us is the relationship we have with Nina & Rafi next door. Conveniently enough, in the architectural design, their kitchen is behind the wall at the back of our space. So we built a little roll-up door, which gives us access and lets them expo pizza and other food items to serve to our guests."
The open layout includes a pair of accordion-style doors that will open to a sidewalk patio and the Beltline beyond. There’s seating at custom 12-foot oak and steel bar tables designed by Summit Design Co. And other work-play amenities include built-in charging stations, a giant 130-inch projector screen, six TVs, and games like giant Scrabble.
With a variety of seating, built-in charging stations, TVs and games, Pour Taproom is a place to hang out and enjoy the range of beers. CONTRIBUTED BY LAUREN VEREEN / SALUT MEDIA
There’s also room for a small kitchen in back that will offer a small plate menu and can be used for catering events.
“We’ll be doing a small menu of light items that will basically complement what Nina & Rafi is offering,” Ballester said, “but I see this being mostly pizza and beer here.
“With the changes in the beer laws here in Georgia, and all the breweries that are popping up around us in Atlanta, we actually feel that helps our concept out a lot,” Ballester said. “People can come here and sample all the cool new stuff in one place. So we’re excited about that. And I’m excited to be here.”
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