Evermore gastropubs are offering craft beers and a high quality dining experience. The newest Near Southside pub, Pouring Glory, boasts 48 taps, cold press coffee, wine, kombucha, and a vast menu that is anything but cliché. The interior space consists of a wraparound bar and several dining tables. Bare brick walls and a glass storefront gives the restaurant a refined industrial feel.
On a recent visit, I was surprised how many selections were new to me. A Belgian Dubbel by The Collective Brewing Project that I hadn't heard of first caught my attention. I followed the strong golden ale with Rogness Holiday, a 9.6 ABV seasonal release by Rogness Brewing Company out of Pflugerville. Local brewers are well represented on the menu. A staffer told us the tap wall is intentionally stocked with great beers that are less common in North Texas.
A friend encouraged us to order something from the menu, which includes several brew-infused dishes like the Hopapeno Ciabatta, a burger topped with a fried egg, jalapeno relish made with HopFusion Ale Works' hairpin session ale, and other goodies. Next time we go back we're grabbing the Grilled Ahi Tuna Sandwich. The chef brought out a sample of the dish's rich aioli sauce, which gets a tart kick from a reduced Golden Petite Sour from The Collective Brewing Project. Everyone at our table loved the food, and we got a kick out of the "PG" logo branded onto each dish.
Hence its official name, Pouring Glory is a Growler Filling Station as well. Not familiar with what a growler is? Take a gander at the bottle above. Purchase beer to-go or enjoy in-house while Chef prepares one of the daily specials. Not a beer fan? No worries. The restaurant also serves wine and craft sodas.
P.S. Patrons are encouraged to blend the coffee or even kambucha on tap with the beers. The java would work well with a porter. I haven't tried blending kombucha yet, but that might an idea waiting to happen at my newest hangout spot.