Chardon BrewWorks is relocating and expanding its brewing capacity. The brewpub, now on Chardon Square, is moving around the corner to 200 Center St., about a half-mile away.
It hopes to open in the new site by Sept. 14, which is the day of the annual Chardon Brewfest. Chardon BrewWorks will remain open through Aug. 24 at its current location.
The nanobrewery also will upgrade to a two-barrel brewing system later this year, owner Mike Nedrow said.
"As much as we enjoyed our three years on the historic Chardon Square, our current infrastructure does not allow for the increased capacity brewing equipment that our business now needs," he said. "What's important is keeping our family brewing operation in our home town."
Nedrow said he wants to distribute his beer more. The brewery now sells to Lizardville, John Palmer's, Heinen's, Greenville Inn and Shooter's. Distribution makes up about 5 percent of total business. By this time next year, Nedrow said he would like distribution revenue to account for 50 percent of total business.
He said he hopes expanded distribution drives people to visit the tap room to "taste some of the off the wall stuff we do."
The new tap room, next door to Weidig's Floral and across from Chardon Post Office, will have 12 taps — six regular taps including the Pride of Geauga Maple Porter, Ironworker IPA and Donna Do Ya Wanna Hefeweizen, and six seasonal taps. The brewpub also will continue to serve from its "pub grub" menu.
"I look forward to continuing our adventure in craft brewing in Chardon at our new location doing what we do best: brewing great beer for our community," Nedrow said.