Moeller Brew Barn is venturing outside the Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches.

The Maria Stein brewery is opening a 10-barrel brewpub in Troy, a community of more than 25,000 people in western Ohio. Moeller hopes to break ground on the $1.3 million project before the end of the year and open in May 2019.

"Troy is a hot spot," brewery founder Nick Moeller said Wednesday. "It seemed like the right fit for us moving from rural western Ohio and getting closer to the Dayton market. We get a lot of visitors from Troy. It all made sense.

"They’ve got a vibrant downtown square and we’re just two blocks west of the square and that’s exciting," he added. "It’s created a lot of buzz in the Troy community. We're really ecstatic about the support we’ve seen and it's motivating us to get it rolling and launch next May."

The new brewery -- the existing one will continue operating -- will be called Moeller Brew Barn Troy.

"We’re also planning to market it as the Troy Brew Barn," Moeller said. "That’ll roll off the tongue of many folks if I put that in print or not."

The brewpub will have 20 to 24 taps and the kitchen will focus on local ingredients, he said.

Moeller operates a 15-barrel production brewery and tasting room in Mercer County, an area known for the many Catholic churches that rise among the flat farm fields. Moeller, which offers many brands in cans, is known for beers such as Wally Post Red, Dirt Track Kolsch and Baked Oatmeal Stout.

The existing brewery, which opened in 2015, and new site at 214 W. Main St. will be distinct, with unique beers being brewed at each location, Moeller said. The Maria Stein location also will serve as the production brewery to feed distribution.

"With the 10-barrel system, I feel like we can be a little bit more experimental without it being as big a risk," he said.