Monday, June 15, 2015

Pouring Glory to fill more than growlers in Fort Worth

Image credit: Pouring Glory.

With dedicated growler fill stations popping up here and there on the eastern side of the Metroplex, it was just a matter of time before one got started out west. Though, in this case, Fort Worth's new Pouring Glory will bring something else to the table besides just beer. We're talking food for hungry patrons prepared by chefs in an onsite kitchen, making the concept the first to add elements of a quick-service restaurant to a growler shop offering beer-to-go.

Pouring Glory's ownership group consists of Kevin and Julia von Ehrenfried, along with Scott and JoAnn Glover. The two men each bring well over 25 years of food industry experience to the project, and they are both chefs in their own right. Von Ehrenfried began his career in 1986 and has spent the last nine years as Director of Operations for Humperdinks, while Glover got his start roughly a decade sooner, eventually going on to oversee the West Coast expansion of the Dallas-based Chili's restaurant chain during the mid-1980s.

As for their new venture, Pouring Glory will be located at 1001 Bryan Avenue in the Near Southside neighborhood of Fort Worth. The spot is a mere four blocks away from Rahr & Sons and less than a mile from the Collective Brewing Project and soon-to-be HopFusion Ale Works. Commenting on the site selection, von Ehrenfried indicated that the choice had as much to do with being close to local breweries as it did "being able to be a big part of the revitalization of the area."

The structure that exists on the site was originally built in 1943, though it was most recently home to a nightclub. Once renovations are complete, the building "will have an industrial motif consisting of exposed brick, gears, gauges and pipes," or the look of "Steam Punk," according to von Ehrenfried. The 2100 square foot space will house a bar serving fresh craft beer and wine, for on or off-premise consumption, as well as a display kitchen cooking up house-smoked barbecue, gastro pub-style fare and daily chef specials.

Naturally, given the culinary aspect of the business, they'll hold the occasional beer and food pairing, but as far as onsite gatherings go, von Ehrenfried says they'll strive to become an integral part of the Fort Worth community by hosting events for charity as well. In addition, they hope to get out and meet neighbors, if you will, by offering catering services for offsite functions nearby.

Regarding beer selection, upwards of 50 beers will be on tap at any given time, and while Pouring Glory will highlight local breweries whenever possible, their focus will be on trying to stock the best beers available, whether they be from North Texas or other parts of the country. "Southside Fort Worth is quickly becoming a hub for craft beer," notes von Ehrenfried, and the excitement it generates is something he and his partners want to be a part of.

Overall, those behind Pouring Glory hope that they've developed something that will be well-received by craft beer consumers. They recognize that growlers are a growing trend, but they believe the addition of food service will help to set them apart from the rest. In the end, it's all about creating "the perfect concept to deliver great craft beer and food to the community in a fun and casual atmosphere."

Currently, construction is still ongoing, so there's still a bit of work to do before they can open. Until they do, stay up-to-date on Pouring Glory's progress by way of updates to their Facebook page as they target a late August or early September debut.

Pouring Glory
1001 Bryan Avenue
Fort Worth

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