Old Town Pour House in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a restaurant brand helmed by Chicago-based Bottleneck Management, introduced a craft Pour House design scheme in its first location outside of the Chicago area.

The group worked closely with design firm Dacre and Youngquist to create the relaxed, sophisticated craft beer destination in a 7,966 square-foot indoor space and 1,511 square-foot outdoor patio.

“In collaborating with the Bottleneck Management team, we developed a plan to create a craftsman-style type of architecture that mirrors the craft beer and culinary programs,” says Tristan Darce of Darce & Younquist. “The key foundation to the design plan is the glulam beams, heavy timbers, and copper touches that represent the craftsmanship and masculinity of the brand.”

The interiors features copper-inlayed bars and tables, custom-milled dark woodwork, and high ceilings. The space is structural in appearance, where designers showcase the “extrovert concept,” bringing in outdoor influences and incorporating them into the interior finishes. For example, copper paneling and stone accent walls are found throughout the dining room and bar areas, wood millwork is displayed on the face of the bar, and wood-inspired tile is laid as the foundation of the space. 

Featured along the south dining room wall is a large chalk board-style sign, showcasing ongoing beer offerings. With this piece exclusive to the Gaithersburg location, guests have a unique viewing opportunity of the limited-time local crafts available and on-deck.

Patrons can choose from a variety of 186 seating, from cozy round booths to the copper bar and high-tops.

The lively bar atmosphere holds 28 stools, and guests are invited to enjoy Old Town Pour House’s 120 draft handles with 90 local and global beers. Above the draft taps located along the back of the bar space, are narrow, horizontal windows allowing guests a glimpse of the expansive beer cooler, housing over 200 kegs.

Located within a high-traffic pedestrian thoroughfare, the vibrancy on the 92-seat outdoor patio pairs with the atmosphere offered inside. Operable windows on the exterior west-facing wall open up to the outdoor patio space, lending the invitation for al fresco diners to enjoy the design scheme seen from the inside.

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