Chad Klehamer is the head brewer at Star City Brewing Co. in Miamisburg. The brewery, which opened in 2013, occupies the former Peerless Pantry/Peerless Mill Inn restaurant and sits alongside the Miami River. The 14,000-square-foot building, which had served as a saw mill in the 1800s, features five stone fireplaces.
Question: Why did you become a brewer?
Answer: I became a brewer mostly by accident. I had managed a local homebrew supply shop for awhile. I'd been homebrewing for a number of years. When I left the shop, Star City was looking for an assistant brewer and I was a regular patron. I took the part-time job while I looked for other work. After a few months, the head brewer left and I was asked if I wanted the full-time position. I've been here ever since.
Q: What's the story behind the name Star City?
A: The story behind Star City is, according to local legend, that the Adena Indians lived here for many years. When Miamisburg was first starting to be settled, the Indians said the city looked like a star shining in the distance. It just stuck, so now Miamisburg is the Star City.
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite craft beer trends now?
A: Favorite beer trends: The rise of craft lagers and beers being made with wine must added.
Least favorite: Milkshake IPAs and pastry everything.
But at the end of the day, it's not up to me to like or dislike trends. Beer is very diverse. There's something out there for everybody and every taste. Drink what you like.
Q: What's your best-selling beer and why do you think it's so popular?
A: Our best-selling beer is our Twisted Mill Stout. It's an oatmeal stout blended with Twisted River's caramel coffee. I think it's so popular because it highlights the notes of the creamy stout and the flavorful coffee. The caramel and vanilla notes in the coffee really shine through.
Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/brewed and why?
A: The beer I wish I created is Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. It's the beer that got me into craft beer. To me, it's the epitome of British beers. The soft caramel and toffee notes blend with the roasted barley and light body to make the perfect quaffable beer.
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