Delaware, Ohio, has become a favorite day trip of ours to escape the Columbus metro for a bit, for both the old (we love moseying through its various antique stores), the fancy (the great tasting menu of Veritas Tavern), and the new (Delaware's newer of the town's craft breweries in Restoration Brew Worx.)
However, we're still finding new stuff to acquaint ourselves with in this town of 36,000. Our most recent trip gave us some new vinyl for our stack of LP's in Pat's Endangered Finds record store. Also, it brought us through the doors of Delaware's original entry into the new wave of Central Ohio craft breweries in the form of Staas Brewing, located just off the main downtown strip.
Opened in the summer of 2013 by owners/husband and wife team Donald and Liz Staas, we were soon struck by the casual, first-name-basis type of atmosphere we had wandered into. I admit I never did watch the TV sitcom "Cheers" except on rare occasions, but that fictional bar's atmosphere seemed to be a spot-on match for what Staas brings to its regulars. In fact, the owners copped to as much in early media articles such as this July 2014 Columbus Monthly article by Nick Dekker. Add in tavern standards like a dart board and a table shuffleboard as well as nice tasteful decor, and I imagine we could easily be regulars here if we lived in town.
As a member of the Columbus Ale Trail, Staas offers visitors small-batch, traditionally prepared brews that lean toward the English and Belgian styles. We found them to be all solidly drinkable, with personal favorites leaning to their Golden Delicious Belgian (nicely dry with hints of apple and bubble gum) and their seasonal Apricot Wheat.
This nano-brewpub also sports a little "Designated Driver" section of their beer menu coffee, tea and pop as options. Food-wise, Staas has an assortment of bar snacks, but they do utilize the familiar-to-this-area food truck model mainly on weekends (Sophie's Gourmet Pierogi and Por'ketta are regular visitors.)
All-in-all, Staas fits the small nanobrewery model quite well, and is perfect as the local neighborhood hangout joint. Visitors to the Delaware area should also find it well worth the stop, even sans ex-Major League Baseball relief pitchers behind the bar.
Staas Brewing Company
31 W Winter St, (Google Maps)
Delaware, OH 43015
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