Future Smyrna business Legacy Distilling will begin operating under a new name – Painted Stave Distilling – as of Friday, March 15. The name change is necessary to avoid a potential conflict with another spirits manufacturer.
Painted Stave refers to a prohibition-era ruse where tickets to see something odd, like a painted stave (the individual wood strips that form the sides of the barrel), would be offered for sale. The purchasers would be led into a room where they would receive a drink in exchange for their ticket. The oddity may or may not have been on display, but it was clear to the purchasers that they were buying tickets for something entirely different.
Delaware's first standalone craft distillery, Painted Stave Distilling, will be located in the former Smyrna Theater at 106 W. Commerce St. in downtown Smyrna. The 6,300-square foot distillery will be open for tours, tastings and sales on Thursdays through Sundays starting in late May.