Toxic Brew Co., a new production brewery and taproom in Dayton, is getting closer to opening. "If everything lines up, hopefully we will be brewing beer by mid-April and open the doors in May," owner Shane Juhl told me during a visit last week to the brewery. Toxic Brew is located in a two-story tan building along East Fifth Street, a brick road in the Historic Oregonian District downtown. The area, considered Dayton's entertainment district, is filled with bars, restaurants, tattoo shops, art galleries and historic homes. Toxic Brew also just happens to be next to a sex shop and there is a sex shop across the street. "For a destination spot, this can't be beat," Juhl said about the overall district. He has plenty of remodeling work to do inside the massive building, a former pawn shop that has been gutted to the walls. (Below is a video of Juhl and a couple of photos.) The building, which dates back to at least the early 1900s, had been used for storage for years and Juhl noted that he filled 10 Dumpsters with junk. The interior features some exposed brick and plaster over the brick. The plan is to install hardwood floors. Toxic Brew will feature a seven-barrel, direct flame brewing system and the ultimate goal is to have to 15 Toxic Brew beers on tap -- although that won't happen at first. The brewery won't be a brewpub, just a taproom. But Juhl said he will encourage people to bring their own food. Dayton has been a lost city for years for locally made craft beer. But there are several breweries hoping to open this year in the area. "I'm really excited for Dayton," Juhl said. "It's been a long time coming."