Staas Brewing Company was started by husband and wife Donald and Liz Staas. Liz’s father has been homebrewing since the 70s, which sparked her passion for consuming and brewing beer. She and Donald have been homebrewing themselves for a while, under the guidance of Liz’s dad and using many of his 30-year-old beer recipes.
“[Opening a brewery] has been a pipe dream for a really long time,” said Donald. “And then one day you say ‘Fuck it, let’s just do it.’ We did tons of reading and research and stared filing all the paperwork and finding a space.”
They had originally planned to open the brewery in Columbus, but after finding a home in Delaware and discovering some of the thriving craft beer-centric businesses like Barley Hopsters and 1808 American Bistro, they began looking for a suitable space there, which they found downtown within steps of both businesses.
The space is cozy, outfitted with a beautiful wooden bar and an eclectic mix of older furniture. Donald insists there will be shuffle board in the small room off of the main taproom.
The bar will have 12 taps, serving all Staas selections including their German Weizen Ale (which won a 2013 homebrew competition), Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Belgian Quadrupel Alem Kolsch Blonde Ale, Double IPA, American IPA, English ESB Ale, Oatmeal Stout and Saison Farmhouse Ale, along with a monthly rotation selection of seasonal beer and cider. Liz and Donald will act as owners and brewmasters (under dad’s guidance, of course), though they discussed hiring another brewer in the future.
Staas currently has a small half barrel brewing system, though they have the capacity in their space to upgrade to a two barrel system down the line if they choose.
“There’s a lot of advantages to small batches that I really like,” said Liz. “We plan to have a rotating tap and each month we plan to put new stuff out. We can get pretty experimental with it.”
Most of their beers will be served only in the taproom, but they have plans to distribute a few kegs to select Delaware businesses as well.
“We’re not trying to make it big off of this,” said Donald. “Just to live comfortably and do something that you really enjoy, as long as you can make enough money to sustain yourself, that’s all we’re really after.”
The brewery will not serve food, but they plan to have a rotating selection of food trucks, including Mashita Noodle Bar. Patrons are also encouraged to bring in take-out and create their own pairings.
Staas Brewing is located at 31 W. Winter Street in Delaware. Check their Facebook page for more information about their opening date.