Numbers Brewing Co. is graduating from the nanobrewery ranks.

The Lisbon brewery has broken ground on a 2,000-square-foot facility next door that will house a 15-barrel Deutsche Beverage system, a significant upgrade from its original two-and-a-half-barrel system.

Numbers, which opened in 2016 and occupies a small building on North Beaver Street downtown, invested in a larger brewing system after seeing significant demand for its beers, said Randy Schneider, who handles marketing and promotions for the brewery.

"Numbers made the decision carefully after seeing how the first year and half went," he said. "There was a high demand for Numbers beer in the area and neighboring restaurants due to how much people liked what we are brewing."

The brewery hopes the new brewhouse will open in February or March.

"The new brewhouse will feature a glass wall [so] ... customers on the patio or passersby from the road [can] watch the beer being brewed," Schneider said.

Numbers is considering adding a canning line to package its beer and distribute to stores, he added.

The current taproom will remain and will be expanded, as brewing space isn't needed there.

Numbers also announced a distribution deal with Wine & Beverage Merchants of West Virginia in Weirton to begin distributing in West Virginia. Schneider said Wine & Beverage sought out the brewery.

"They had heard a lot about our beer and wanted to see what the hype was about, so President Nick Latousakis made an impromptu trip to our brewery one Saturday not telling us who they were and tried all of our beers," Schneider said. "I remember sitting in the back of the taproom enjoying a 330 blonde ale and one of our bartenders came up and gave me an envelope and said this guy tried all of our beers and said he loved everything and wanted to leave this envelope for management."

That's how the brewery hooked up with Wine & Beverage, he said.

Numbers also has started expanding throughout Northeast Ohio and will grow its Ohio distribution with the larger system, he said.