The following is a preview from the April 2019 issue of The Scoop, the quarterly printed magazine for Dal-Tile team members. The issue was mailed to team members’ home addresses and will be posted in PDF format to myMohawk later this month.
First, take a passion for growing interest in and supporting a flourishing local craft beer industry. Then, add a desire to serve premium coffee perfectly. Finally, present it in a space with fashion-forward and functional interior design. The result is Civil Pour — the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s first combination craft beer bar and specialty coffee shop, which was finished out primarily with Dal-Tile products.
Back in 2010, Nellie and Chad Montgomery attended the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, one of the leading national gatherings for microbreweries and the ravenous fans who support them. Two years after that experience, the couple founded the Big Texas Beer Fest, an annual weekend festival to nurture what was a fledgling craft beer industry in the D-FW metroplex where they live.
Seven years later, the craft beer industry in D-FW is thriving with around 40 unique microbrewing operations packaging ales and lagers, while also filling up restaurant and bar taps throughout North Texas. Correspondingly, the Montgomerys’ Big Texas Beer Fest is now one of the largest in the Southwest, featuring more than 500 beers from over 100 breweries during a single weekend each March.
But as it’s only one weekend a year, the couple decided they wanted a year-round outlet for beer and their other passions — and the concept for Civil Pour was born. Southwest Sales Region Commercial Sales Manager Whitney Welch helped the Montgomerys make it a reality.
“Nellie was previously a construction liaison at Dallas-based international firm Humphreys & Partners Architects, and Humphreys was my account when I was an architectural representative,” Welch explained. “She reached out to me about this exciting personal project, and I spent a few hours with them at the Daltile Dallas Design Gallery to review product options for the different surfaces and helped them to make selections.”
Fashionable function to create a vibrant space
The Montgomerys were able to take product samples to the space before and during construction; Welch said that because the Nellie is a very cutting-edge designer always wanting to use fashion-forward products, she was on board with using Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces™ Statuario porcelain slabs for a crucial part of the café: the countertops where customers are served.
“In addition to the beauty of the Panoramic Statuario product, its scratch-, burn- and stain-resistant properties were very compelling,” Welch said. The Montgomerys were also able to utilize Dal-Tile’s FlexFit™ Size Solutions cut-to-size program for the porcelain slabs on the project.
“She chose our ONE Quartz Surfaces® Morning Frost slabs for the beer tap area, and the walls feature two really vibrant options: three-dimensional wave patterns of Daltile Multitude™ in Origami White and Daltile Opulence™ 3/8” random linear mosaic in Diamond.”
Civil Pour opened its doors in North Dallas in August last year, with 25 regularly rotating taps offering an assortment of unique local beers and other seasonal microbrews from around the country. A Poursteady automated pour-over coffee machine enables baristas to serve notable selections from area coffee roasters, as well as other regional and national premium roasters. Guests can order from a menu of panini sandwiches and locally produced pastries and sweet treats.
Since opening, business at Civil Pour has regularly been like the dry-hopped India Pale Ales and double espressos they’re serving — brisk!
Customers at Civil Pour can enjoy their selections on the Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces Statuario porcelain slab front countertop. The back wall features three-dimensional wave patterns of Daltile Multitude in Origami White.
An accent wall is covered in Daltile Opulence random linear mosaic glass tile in Diamond.
Civil Pour’s multitude of rotating craft beers are poured over a ONE Quartz Surfaces Morning Frost slab countertop.
Welch (at right) visits with customer Nellie Montgomery at Civil Pour in Dallas.