Urban Artifact -- Ohio's first sour-only craft brewery -- is adding two 120-barrel fermenters this week (May 17) to double its capacity and grow its distribution.

The Cincinnati brewery, known for brands such as Keypunch Key Lime Gose and Finn Tart Pale Ale, needs to expand capacity to keep up with demand, said Scotty Hunter, the brewery's chief of strategic development.

He noted that the brewery, which sells its beer both on draft and in cans, has pulled out of Indiana and parts of Tennessee, and reduced distribution in Northern Kentucky to feed the Cincinnati and Ohio markets. The expansion allows the brewery to keep up with local demand and look to re-enter the other markets later this year.

It also means the brewery will be able to expand distribution of its popular Midwest Fruit Tart series, which has been limited to the Cincinnati and Dayton markets.

He said the brewery is eager "to provide more access to these beers that people are excited for."

The brewery produced about 2,850 barrels last year, and the new fermenters will push capacity to about 7,000 barrels a year, Hunter said.

Urban Artifact, located inside a former Catholic church in the city's Northside neighborhood, has seen steady growth since opening in 2015. The brewery produces only sour beers, a business model that raised a few eyebrows at first.

"I don't think everybody thought we would make it to where we are today," Hunter said.