The pair has spent the past seven months formulating a first-of-its-kind business in New Braunfels—a combination beer and wine bar that will offer first-time and experienced drinkers a bevy of options from the casual drink to professionally taught classes.
“We want to tell a story,” Green said. “We want to make sure when the customer leaves they have a sense of what they drank and a better understanding. We can dive as deep as they want or not.”
With small panini-style sandwiches, local and imported cheeses, and charcuterie boards as pairings to help educate customers and enhance their beverage, patrons at Stave can focus on a stable of high-caliber, affordable wines and beers.
Green, a certified sommelier, plans to have “world-class” wines at an affordable price that is approachable for customers.
Stave will have limited storage capacity, and Green expects to have a prominent stable of wines that will rotate extensively.
Along with beer and wine tastings, Wine 101 and Beer 101 classes for most customers, Green and Hennigan, a certified cicerone, or sommelier equivalent for beer, will host professional-level classes taught by themselves and other prominent wine and beer experts in the area.
“If you’re going to take [a certification] route, you need someone who has experienced it to help you set your path,” Green said. “We’re doing this because we have a passion.”
The passion Green and Hennigan share extends to the quality they expect in their product.
Rather than an extensive list of generic options, the duo is committed to carrying a menu that offers great taste, including a variety of seasonal, holiday-themed and hyperlocal options.
Stave will have fresh, quality examples of wine and beer, said Hennigan, who noted that he and Green will ensure Stave’s beer is cooled from brew to pour in order to reduce any negative impacts of the aging process.
The wine and beer house will also have multiple rooms and settings for customers to enjoy their preferred beverage, such as casual and lounge seating, as well as a relaxing outdoor patio setting.
“We’re pretty confident and happy with what we can offer to give the customer a unique experience,” Hennigan said. “We’re just nerds that are passionate about our stuff, and this is something we want to experience. So, why not create it?”
Stave Beer and Wine House
540 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels
Hours: Wed.-Sat. 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m., closed Mon.-Tues.