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Pour Taproom is a self-serve beer and wine bar that let's you pay by the ounce

Posted at 1:03 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 13:03:51-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Pour Taproom’s experience can easily be described as a beer festival every day of the week. This self-serve craft beer and wine bar not only offers you 85 different taps to choose from, but let’s you pay by the ounce, not the glass.

Located in Downtown St. Pete, Pour Taproom invites its guests to try a little bit of everything when it comes to its selection.

“We are a tasting room,” says Tanner Moody, co-owner and operator of Pour Taproom. “So every time you come in, this tap list is gonna be completely different, which is something we really pride ourselves on.”

The beer wall is split into seven sections: ciders, sour beers, imported beers, light beers, IPAs, specialty beers and dark beers. Half of the taps are reserved for local beers, which can be identified by the Florida-shaped decal placed on the tap.

If you’re not a big beer drinker, Pour Taproom also offers eight wines on tap as well—four reds and four whites. You can also opt for the occasional kombucha and kids' cider.

“Price range can be anywhere from my cheap side, which is 25 cents an ounce all the way up to 75, 85, 95 cents per ounce for some of your rarer craft beers,” Moody says. “But my average price is between the 45- and 55-cent mark, which equates to about a 6-, 7-dollar craft pint, pretty much what you get everywhere else.”

So how does it work?

Step 1: Set up your tab
Once your card has been swiped, you’ll receive a red Pour wristband that is connected to your card that you will use at the taps.

Step 2: Select your glass
Pour Taproom offers a variety of glasses suited for whatever type of beer or wine you want to try. You’ll also find glasses from a few of your favorite local breweries.

Step 3: Choose your beverage
Each of the 85 taps will tell you the name of the brewery, the name of the beer, what type of beer it is, price per ounce and ABV. Some of the taps will also let you know the location of the brewery, and if you click on the touch screen, you can read more info about the beer and brewery.

If you are still at a loss, the staff has labeled their top picks and are happy to step in and help you find a beer that fits your tastes.

Step 4: Start pouring!
Touch your wristband to the Pour symbol on the tap. When the light turns green, pour as little or as much as you want. When you’re done, look at the screen above the tap to find out how much you poured and how many total ounces you drank since opening your tab.

Pour Taproom has gotten a lot of positive feedback since opening a little over a year ago. “They really enjoy the variety that we offer, between some rarer stuff, or even some more...more common stuff that you see. They always like seeing a lot of the local stuff,” Moody says, referring to his customers. “They also like the space that we offer too. We do have big community tables, big community couches—it’s just a nice warm, cozy inviting atmosphere.”

Between cornhole, ping pong and a shelf full of board games, there are plenty of entertainment options to choose from. This self-serve bar also hosts trivia and happy hour events during the week.

When it comes to food, you can enjoy Pour Taproom’s very own food truck on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, or feel free to bring in your own food during the week.

To learn more about Pour Taproom in Downtown St. Pete, check out this link.