In the blink of an eye this month, Stark County’s craft brewery scene nearly doubled.

One brewery opened in Jackson Township. Another is opening Thursday in Canton. And yet another in Jackson Township received its state permit.

Yep, that’s how fast the landscape changes in the industry.

Eight breweries — if you count the two Royal Docks operations as one — now call Stark County home.

Here’s a quick look at the three newest operations.

Shale Brewing

Shale Brewing Co. isn’t exactly new.

The brewery, which produces its beer on draft and in bottles for distribution, has been operating out of a red brick building in downtown Canton for a while, but there was no tasting room.

That meant drinkers had to seek out Shale at bars, restaurants and retail locations.

But that changed last week when Shale opened its new brewpub inside a strip mall at 7253 Whipple Ave. NW in Jackson Township.

“I’m pretty thrilled to have the beer on the faucets and ready to go out to customers rather than sitting in kegs,” brewer Jason Gasper-Hulvat said.

Savvy craft beer fans will recognize the address as the former home of Scenic Brewing Co., but they likely won’t recognize the interior, as Shale has made the space its own with plenty of renovations.

A row of brown bottles greets visitors. One wall is covered with black-and-white photos of the brewery. Another has giant wall hangings featuring its beers. There’s even a patio now.

Shale also imported its 10-barrel system, as opposed to taking over the existing Scenic operation, and installed a reverse osmosis system to fix problems with water quality. The brewing system, along with the bottling line, are behind a short wall and on full display.

“Our business has no relationship with the former Scenic other than taking the space after they abandoned it,” Gasper-Hulvat said. “It’s more coincidental that a brewery was here.”

Shale is offering nine beers: Cold Rolled Ale, Roughneck Red, Deep Driller Porter, Coffee Cream Stout, Blackberry Ale, Lager, IPA, Golden Ale and New England-style IPA.

The brewpub also offers sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, appetizers and desserts.

The regular hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. The brewpub is closed Sunday and Monday.

The official grand opening is set for July 14.

For more details about Shale, go to: http://shalebrewing.com.

Muskellunge Brewing

Frank Estremera has loved fish ever since he was a little kid.

He’s carrying that fascination over as a brewer.

His new Muskellunge Brewing Co., a nanobrewery located on the first floor of a brick apartment building at 425 Fifth St. NW, Canton, opens Thursday.

Muskellunge, as you might expect from a brewery with the tagline “inspired by nature, brewed by science,” features beers with fish names.

There’s Yellow Perch Cream Ale and Rock Bass Honey Nut Brown. Not to mention Grass Pickerel IPA and Walleye Kolsch. Oh, and you can’t forget the Black Bullhead Baltic Porter or the Braun Forelle Roggenbier.

Estremera expects the cream ale and kolsch to be mainstays, with the others rotating. He’s got 19 recipes and people can expect other beers such as a cherry smoked porter and brown ale in the future.

“I’m very excited to start serving the beer,” he said.

Estremera, 49, of Canton, who employs a reverse osmosis system for his water and uses West Branch Malts in Brunswick for local grain, has a simple philosophy when it comes to brewing.

“A bad tasting beer, I will never serve,” he said. “I’d prefer to open with three taps rather than serve a crappy beer.”

The brewery decor reflects his fish obsession.

His girlfriend, Carla Gicobe, created a giant quilt with fish that’s on display in the small tasting room — not to mention the fish poster and fish artwork and the orange fish tap handles.

The two-barrel brewing system is in the basement and out of view.

The tasting room is small. The wooden, corner bar seats nine, and there are high-top and low-top tables, along with an outdoor patio with wooden picnic tables.

Muskellunge doesn’t serve food — other than free popcorn — but people are welcome to bring their own or order in.

The regular hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. For the first Friday only, the brewery will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For more details about Muskellunge, go to: http://muskellunge brewingcompany.com.

Royal Docks Brewing

Royal Docks Brewing Co. received its state brewing permit last week for its new production brewery and tasting room at the former Foxboro Roll-A-Rena at 5646 Wales Ave. NW.

The new space, located just down the street from the current Royal Docks brewpub, has been dubbed the Royal Docks Brewhouse and Cannery.

The space isn’t open to the public right now, although there are private events and tours scheduled. Royal Docks plans to open the facility with some fanfare in September around its third anniversary.

“We’ve got some things up our sleeves,” founder John Bikis said.

Tours are $25 and include a couple beers and a T-shirt. You can find details at www.facebook.com/royaldocks brewing/.

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.