Staas Brewing Co., a new nanobrewery and tasting room in Delaware, held its grand opening Thursday (July 25). The brewery launched with 12 beers on tap and already ran through one of them.
“We had quite a night last night,” co-owner Liz Staas said.
Through August, the tasting room will be open from 4 p.m. until midnight or 1 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and from 11 a.m. to midnight or 1 a.m. Saturdays. The brewery hopes to expand to five or six days beginning in September. It won't ever be open on Mondays, though, Liz Staas said.
Staas Brewing will likely offer many regular beers: a German weizen, Belgian-style golden strong ale, Saison farmhouse ale, oatmeal stout, India pale ale, double India pale ale, extra special bitter and kolsch.
That leaves room for rotating and seasonal brews. For example, the brewery is planning to make a Little Brown Ale to toast for the Little Brown Jug, the popular annual horse race held during the Delaware County Fair.
"We want people to come in every week and try something new," said Liz Staas, whose husband Donald is the brewer.
Donald slaves away on a half-barrel brewing system to produce all those styles.
"The half-barrel system is what enables us to do that many styles," Liz Staas said. "Being on a half-barrel system, we can do so much stuff that's experimental and it really enables us to have different beers on all the time. ... It really allows us to rotate the taps and keep people guessing."