Fill ‘Er Up

Near Southsiders are buzzed about the latest tap house to open in the area. Pouring Glory, located at 1001 Bryan Ave., joins the local craft beer movement and sits just a few blocks from Rahr & Sons and less than a mile from the Collective Brewing Project and the soon-to-open Hop Fusion Ale Works.

Co-owner Kevin von Ehrenfried says, “The beauty of the growler-fill concept is that we become a conduit for local breweries.”

The 2,100-square-foot space has 59 rotating taps serving craft beer and soda, wine and kombucha that can be enjoyed onsite, or patrons can take their beer to go from the growler filler stations. A display kitchen will offer house-smoked barbecue and gastro pub grub. Many of the recipes are infused with the beers they serve. There is seating for around 100 guests with a back patio to accommodate overflow.

Originally constructed in 1943, the building has undergone renovations including replacement of the roof, addition of a parking lot, restoration of original brick and a new heating/cooling system. The west wall was replaced with two garage doors that can be opened in nicer weather. A steampunk theme features exposed brick, gears, pipes and Edison light bulbs.

Owners von Ehrenfried and Scott Glover bring more than 25 years of food industry experience to this new concept. Von Ehrenfried says, “I was at a dead end and miserable. I left a company I was with for 29 years and jumped into this.”

They say that their attention to the cuisine they serve will set them apart. “My partner and I are both chefs, so we are going to have a lot of fun with the food. The menu will be constantly evolving. We’ve got the ability to do anything,” von Ehrenfried says.

Now serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday, offerings include items such as Craft Root Beer French Toast with candied bananas, walnuts, cinnamon Sriracha maple glaze and whipped cream. Beer for breakfast or $4 mimosas round out the experience.  — Jennifer Casseday-Blair