Steve Drissell is a brewer, competition beer judge and the owner of Staves Brewery. It's located in a former steelworks. Many of the building's original features were preserved when the brewery took up residence in October 2015.
A gantry looms over the beer garden's picnic tables. Inside, exposed girders and concrete floors hint at the past; and oak-barrel tables add a rustic feel. The sturdy timber bar is new and sits below blackboards showing the current tap list.
Staves has produced its own beers since mid-2016. Drissell is a fan of English-style beers and brewer Liam Jackson is into hoppy, New World-style beers. This gives the bar a good sense of balance, whether you prefer American-style IPAs, oatmeal stout, golden ale or fruity Belgians. Drissell is careful to preserve the "something for everyone" vibe, so casual drinkers aren't alienated.