Star City Brewing Co., a new production brewery and tasting room in Miamisburg, opens today (Nov. 15) in a historical building along the Miami River.
Partners Brian Yavorsky and Brian and Justin Kohnen -- three homebrewers with computer programming backgrounds -- have converted the former Peerless Pantry/Peerless Mill Inn restaurant into their brewery. The 14,000-square-foot building, which had served as a saw mill in the 1800s, features five stone fire places and seating for nearly 400.
"What’s really great is the property we got and the history here and being able to bring it back," Yavorsky said. "Our taproom has a real old, rustic feel. It feels like a beer house. It’s something that people should come check out, at least for the ambience, the fireplaces and everything else."
The brewery, which has a 3 1/2-barrel brewing system, will launch with four beers: a blonde ale, a hefeweizen, India pale ale and oatmeal stout. (For a full rundown of the brews, check out a review by the website Queen City Drinks.)
"The area we’re in is a lot of light beer drinkers. Not a lot of craft enthusiasts around here," Yavorsky said. "We want to convert them so we started with a lot of light fare."
Star City will sell only draft beer at first, including offering growlers. There are plans to self-distribute to bars and restaurants. And eventually the partners would like to bottle their beer.
The former Peerless Pantry building had sat vacant for years and had been vandalized so the partners had to invest a lot of money into fixing up the structure itself. That meant money going to the building, as opposed to a larger brewhouse.
"We started relatively small with our brew equipment ...," Yavorsky said. "One of the first things that we will do as we open and have cash flow and become successful is upgrade our system. Also, there is a full commercial kitchen in this place. ... We will probably first upgrade our beer equipment and then second we'll probably try to bring food back so it's more of a brewpub."
Star City takes its name from Miamisburg's nickname: "Ohio's Star City." Yavorsky said the partners are happy to be in the community, which only about 10 miles from downtown Dayton.
"The town has really revitalized itself and it’s a really quaint destination," he said. "It’s got a bike path and a river and a lot of little bistros and restaurants and they are really bringing the riverfront back to life."
He added that another brewery, Lucky Star Brewery, has plans to open next year just down the street in Miamisburg.
Star City is the latest brewery to open in the Dayton area. Eudora Brewing also opens today. They join places such as Yellow Springs, Toxic Brew and Dayton Beer. Many others also hope to open within the next year.
Star City will open at 4 p.m. today. The brewery will provide complementary food at the grand opening. There also will be food trucks at the brewery on Saturday. The regular hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday.