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Starview Brews to open in Columbia this fall

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Mike Knaub plans to open brewery in Columbia this fall.
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One York resident will soon be realizing his longtime dream of owning a brewery.

Longtime brewer Mike Knaub, 57, plans to open Starview Brews in downtown Columbia in late fall.

It isn’t the first time Knaub has tried to open a brewery.

In 1997 with the help of an investor, Knaub purchased a building in Marietta that required extensive renovations. The project turned out to be a much larger undertaking than Knaub had expected. He eventually put the dream to bed.

But now he’s ready to try again.

It took him four years to raise the nearly $150,000 needed for the project, Knaub said. 

Rather than buying the building, Knaub is leasing a space owned by Columbia-based Cimarron Properties. The former tobacco warehouse, located at 224 Locust St., also houses the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts.

"We are thrilled to welcome Starview Brews to this beautiful historic building. Starview Brews is an exciting venture and will be another key part of the revitalization of downtown Columbia,” the president of Cimarron Properties, Don Murphy said in a statement.

Starview Brews will offer what Knaub described as small-scale restaurant food like paninis along with a house beef jerky. 

The three-barrel brew pub will be themed around the history of the area and the Susquehanna River, Knaub said.

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Knaub has been brewing beer for over 25 years. He specializes in handcrafted European lagers, including a traditional German hefeweizen, a Russian Imperial stout and a Czech-style pilsner.

Knaub recently applied for the federal and state licenses needed to make beer. Once approved, he said he will undertake some minor renovations to the building. As of now, Knaub does not have a license to sell beer. 

Currently, Knaub works full-time at Medical Device and Implants LLC in Lancaster, which makes orthopedic implants. Once the brewery opens, he will ratchet down to working part-time.

Starview Brews will be the second brewery to open in Columbia since 2014. The first was Columbia Kettle Works.

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Shelby White

Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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