Akronym Brewing co-founder Josh Blubaugh could feel the hair stand on up his arms as beer-drinkers started filing into the new downtown Akron brewery.

“I got chills,” he said Sunday during the two-day soft opening for the production brewery and tasting room. “We’re super excited.”

Blubaugh and fellow owners Shawn Adams, Aaron Cruikshank and Kevin Johnson have transformed a 3,000-square-foot spot along East Market Street into an industrial chic space, with exposed ductwork on the ceiling, a long poured-concrete bar top covered in shiny epoxy, a roll-up garage door, concrete patio with ample seating and exposed 10-barrel Craftwerk stainless steel brewing system.

The entire front and sides of the tasting room are huge glass windows, letting in natural light.

Meanwhile, the front of the bar is covered in aged wood and there are other wooden features, including the bathrooms. The owners also are setting up an 18-person oak table and six-person oak table as special seating.

Adams, who’s a full-time firefighter/paramedic with the city of Akron, has hung several yellow firefighting helmets up as a nod to that life-saving profession.

A big individually lettered orange “Akronym Brewing” sign greets visitors outside, where the patio is tucked along the tree-lined sidewalk.

Akronym — the name is a play on the community, obviously — sits in the basement of the city-owned High/Market Parking Garage. It’s in a busy section of downtown close to the Akron-Summit County Public Library, John S. Knight Center and John F. Seiberling Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, and across the street from the Akron Art Museum and the popular Crave restaurant.

“We really like the spot,” said Adams, who serves as brewer. “It was hard to tell with all the dust and the build-out, but now we’re ready to have some people in here.”

Akronym is the seventh craft brewery to open within the city limits, with several more coming.

The brewery opened last weekend with seven beers on tap: The Test Batch, a Trappist single; Sundale Pilsner; High Street Wheat; Heart of Gold; Henry IPA; Sunset Wedding Stout; and Letchworth IPA.

“The focus is on making great beer,” Blubaugh said.

Pints go for $5 or $6.50, depending on the beer. Howlers and growlers are available to go, and the brewery will offer Crowlers in the future. He expects there to be nine or so beers available this coming weekend.

Akronym plans to distribute its beers. It doesn’t offer food, but is working with the city to make food trucks available.

The brewery opened Saturday and Sunday without its point-of-sale system up and running, meaning it could accept cash only and no credit cards.

It expects to be open again this Saturday or Sunday — whether the point-of-sale system is available or not. Once the system is set up, regular hours will be 3:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“We’re super happy,” Adams said. “It’s been a journey but we’re here.” Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his beer blog at www.Ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.