Pour Taproom, the pay-by-the-ounce beer bar announced earlier this year, held their soft opening on Friday, Sept. 19, at 800 Haywood Road in West Asheville.
After opening a tab and receiving a digital bracelet, you can check-in at any of the taps and pour as much–or as little–beer as you wish. Prices vary by beer, but most seemed to be .40 to .55 per ounce, which is $6.40 to $8.80 per pint. However, it’s worth noting that while there are bartenders out on the floor to help customers, there is no tipping.
According to owner Nate Tomforde, the employees are all paid above living wage instead of being compensated with a lower hourly rate and tips. Also, many of the beers on tap at opening were beers likely to be served in 8- or 12-ounce pours elsewhere in town, such as a Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company.
Look for more details in Xpress next week, or stop by Pour this weekend. They are open 4-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 1-9 p.m. on Sunday.