A new brewery has opened in downtown Wichita inside the former Mumbai Rail Space. Pour House which was opened by the same group from Walnut River Brewing Company in El Dorado, KS will be serving lunch, dinner and of course beer. At the moment, they are just a taproom but will soon be brewing beer on site when they get everything ready. Here’s what you can expect to see on your first visit.
711 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 12am
Pour House did a great job with renovating the inside. Pallet wood adorns the interior; many of the tables were constructed specifically for Pour House and the lighting was just right. Our quick lunch turned into a near two hour stop. You could easily lose track of time there….. the beer doesn’t help matters much either.
There’s also an upstairs area that reeks of coziness. There’s more comfortable seating, a projector and games situated around the place to make your stay more enjoyable. I was told the entire upstairs which accommodates roughly 50 people was available to rent. One group already reserved it for their New Year’s Eve party.
I met up with my brother and a friend and we wanted to partake in a little bit of everything. My buddy had the Ridiculous which was an American strong ale. My actual beer knowledge is pretty limited outside of just drinking it. I won’t fake being a huge brewery connoisseur. But my friend is and said it was a beer deserving of it’s own category. I tried such beers as the Teter Rock Kolsch, Warbeard, Falconer’s Wheat, and the Coffee Porter. It was one of those times I actually enjoyed them all. They all went down smoothly even the Coffee Porter which I don’t usually order. I’m a very basic beer guy who sticks to simple beers. I’ll often get ridiculed by beer snobs but hey, I drink what I like and I really liked what I had that afternoon.
Of course no visit would be complete without food. For lunch we had the Scotch eggs, Highbeam reuben and the bangers & mash which came with a salad. We were hesitant at first on what to order. We debated whether to order different items but were 100% happy with our decisions. They were all excellent.
It was my brother’s first time trying Scotch eggs. He really enjoyed the sausage wrapping around boiled eggs. It was hearty and filling. It’s minor spicy kick, fried crispiness and rich flavor made it a great appetizer for any brewery visit. My Highbeam reuben was fantastic. I liked how thinly sliced the corned beef was on the perfectly marbleized rye bread. Sauerkraut fans will love their Highbeam IPA kraut, I just wished there was more of it on the sandwich which could have brought it to a whole new level. As for the bangers & mash, my brother was a big fan of his first experience with that dish. He wasn’t sure what to make of the onion gravy at first but it grew on him fast; we even ended up dipping my fries in it. The star of the dish for him though was the Warbread infused brats. Beware though, it’s a heavy meal that will fill you up quickly.
For how busy they were and just opening up this past week, my server did a wonderful job while manning the bar. We were well taken care of.
Pour House is an excellent addition to downtown and a huge win for Union Station. That area of downtown needs more chill and relaxing places to be able to sit down, have a drink, and just hang out with friends. If you’ve gone, share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Here’s their menu which also shows the proper beer pairing for each dish:
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