New "Upscale Beer Store" Coming to Delaware, Ohio


January 31, 2011 | By Pete Lawrence

Back in December, the Delaware Gazette ran a story that a new "Upscale Beer Store" is coming to Delaware. The store, to be located 43 N. Sandusky St. is slated to open in February.  The article says the store, called Barley Hopsters, will sell beer, homebrew supplies, and food for pairings.  A small wine selection is also in the works.

You can read the full article here: (Not sure why you can't read the full article directly on the Delaware Gazette's website)

I'll give the store a fair shot until I see it first-hand, but there are some troubling things in this article.  Again, I don't know if this is just poor journalism or the information was taken out of context, but it worries me when an "upscale" beer store is going to "offer beers such as, Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, Busch, Miller and Coors." I wouldn't consider Busch, Miller and Coors to be upscale, but perhaps they are just making sure they don't exclude the college crowd in town.  Also, I'm not sure what "During the day, Harpster will run shows or movies that are beer-related, but family-oriented" means.

It'll be good to have a local craft beer store if Barley Hopsters lives up to expectations. Anyone want to weigh-in and suggest some family-friendly beer movies?

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Eric Bean
Eric Bean
Feb 1, 2011
8:36 AM

I'm thinking Smokey and the Bandit. That may reflect poorly on my childhood, but who doesn't love sweet cars and ice-cold Colorado Kool-aid.

Feb 3, 2011
11:17 AM


Feb 10, 2011
1:26 PM

I want to start out with full disclosure, I am the owner of Barley Hopsters so if you feel my posting is not appropriate please cut it with no hard feelings.

Pete, you were correct regarding the Miller and Coors. I plan to carry the major brands do to their popularity, however, BMC has been limited to three of the twelve available doors. Eight more doors with be used for micro's and imports with the final door being reserved for root beers. We will open with about 200 beers and grow them from there based on sales. If a case sells in under a month I can re-order it and purchase a case of something else. If a brand takes three months to sell it will be dropped from the list.

We are going to have a soft opening in the next couple of weeks and be open on Fridays and Saturdays as we get the store stocked. We should be open mid April six days a week, closed Tuesdays. A grand opening is planned for First Friday in May.

Regarding the movies and programming, I understand the perception of family friendly differs from person to person. I was thinking of things along the lines of Strange Brew, Take This Job And Shove It, American Beer, Any Which Way But Loose. Sorry, Deliverance didn't make the cut - wee wee wee.

I hope to see you all once we open and that you do give us a fair shake, particularly during our first few weeks while we adjust our inventory levels to something sustainable, desirable, and profitable.

Brian K. Harpster
Barley Hopsters

Pete Lawrence
Feb 19, 2011
4:18 AM

Hi Brian - hope you didn't take my post the wrong way. I'm all for having a beer store in Delaware and fully understand the business realities of needing to sell what moves fast - just thought the article in the Del. Gazette was a bit strange. I'm glad to hear the craft segment will be substantial though. This is something that's been missing in Delaware for a while. I'm also aware that the Gazette sometimes doesn't get the full picture, so I'm glad you found my site and posted the true story. I'm really looking forward to popping into your store when it opens and meeting you. Cheers!

Feb 21, 2011
11:47 AM

I am super stoked about this store; I consider myself a beer snob. I want to know the very first day I can come in and look around.

Shawn Woerlein
Feb 26, 2011
6:45 PM

Looking forward to stopping in and dropping some bills next time I am in town.

Feb 28, 2011
1:44 PM

We opened on Friday, February 18th. Our hours are 11-8 Fridays and Saturdays and 11-3 on Sundays until April 8th when we will be open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays.

Mar 12, 2011
12:16 PM

Brian --

Great choice on the movie -
"Strange Brew". That was the first movie that came to mind when suggested "beer movie'.
I live in Powell and a Homebrewer.
Currently brewing Extract & All Grain. Looking forward to checking out the beer selection and homebrew supplies.


Dave G.
Jul 2, 2011
3:27 PM

My wife and I stopped in to Barley Hopster's for the first time, today. It is a phenominal craft brew shop, with quite an amazing selection.... Founders, Breckenridge, Stone, Brooklyn, The Brew Kettle, Southern Tier, Elevator Brewing Company, Rogue, Victory, just to name a few.
It appears that most of the a selection is in single bottles, to make your own custom 6 pack (as opposed to just buying full 6 packs). Everything seems to be priced right too, especially for the area, which seems to be pretty value oriented. -- Everything is conservatively priced, so I would expect pretty fast product turn over of product. We'll be returnung soon.

And as for movies.... Strange Brew would be my favorite, eh.

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