Brewport Tap House and Kitchen adds a new twist to the gastropub when it opened its doors for the first time last week in El Segundo. Customers are able to “self pour” 48 tap beers, 10 varieties of wine as well as a nitro coffee and kombucha.
Brewport, located in the old 1950s post office on Main Street, next door to Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, also has a full kitchen. They will be celebrating their grand opening Thursday, April 20.
“It's a social dining experience, we're going to encourage sampling, we going to encourage sharing, we're going to encourage people to taste things,” said partner Kristian Krieger, who also owns Tavern on Main across the street.
Partner Gina Traber, who worked for Krieger before she got a job with El Segundo Brewing Company, said they have been discussing opening a craft beer bar for a couple years when they discovered the iPourit system, which was founded in 2012.
“There's no bartender, everybody serves themselves ... a hostess or waiter can help you start a tab,” Traber said. “When you start a tab you get a wristband that looks like a watch. You can go up to any tap that you want.”
The wristband calculates the tab automatically, charged per ounce. Beer is only dispensed when the wristband is in close proximity to the tap, according to the company's website. The meter tracks how many ounces have been poured, which is reported back to the server.
The menu currently features a variety of vegetable, grains, salads and small plates to start off a meal. Also on the menu are sandwiches and entrees including pork chop or local halibut. For dessert, there's corn meal tres leches or olive oil chocolate cake. Burgers are not the center of the menu, according to executive chef Rob Rice.
“I want Brewport to be known as a restaurant that's elevating the level of a sandwich … we want the menu to come off lighter then your typical gastropub fair, but we want it to be fun and adventurous,” Rice said.
Brewport is located at 204 Main Street. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, visit brewporttaphouse.com, or call (310) 648-8972.