The Brew Kettle is making some big moves.

Bottles are on the way out. Cans are in.

A rebranding is coming.

And the award-winning Strongsville-based brewery — known for beers such as White Rajah, El Lupulo Libre and Big Woody — is taking over the former Fat Head's brewery in Middleburg Heights on a temporary basis until it opens up a new production brewery and tasting room at a yet-to-be-disclosed location.

Oh, and the brewery is opening brewpubs in Avon and Mentor.

The brewery announced the mouthful of news Friday. (April 26)

The most intriguing aspect involves the former Fat Head's site, which was supposed to be home to the fledgling Rivals Brewing. Rivals encountered "circumstances out of their control [and] they were unable to finalize construction and begin brewing in the facility," The Brew Kettle said in a news release.

The Brew Kettle, Fat Head's and Rivals worked out an agreement allowing The Brew Kettle to take over the site, while Rivals will contract brew there. Rivals has agreed to buy the brewery from The Brew Kettle when The Brew Kettle's new "forever home" is ready in 2020, the release said.

In a followup telephone interview, The Brew Kettle owner Chris Russo declined to say where the new production brewery and tasting room will be located, but he said the site has been chosen. He had announced plans in 2015 for a new restaurant, production brewery, brew-on-premise business, winery, distillery, outdoor patios and dedicated party room in Strongsville, but said it no longer will be built there. The brewery's current production site in Strongsville will serve as storage and the equipment will be repurposed, as opposed to being sold, he said.

In the meantime, the brewery said the move to the former Fat Head's site will allow The Brew Kettle to triple its brewing capacity and make the transition to cans easier because of a high-speed canning line already at the site.

Russo said the brewery opted to go with cans because of the retail demand.

"If you look at all the sales data, everything is trending to cans," he said.

Columbus-based artist Clint Davidson has been hired to produce updated designs for the brewery. The first release of new cans hit the Cleveland market last week with the launch of Major Lager, a premium domestic style lager in a 16-ounce can starting at a six-pack price point of $8.99.

The brand refresh will continue as The Brew Kettle launches its year-round and seasonal beers in 12-ounce cans throughout the summer. The next releases are scheduled for June: Shandy Shores and White Rajah.

Russo noted that the brewery's brand is due for a refresh. 

The Brew Kettle is one of Ohio's oldest breweries, launching as a brew-on-premise operation in 1995. The brew-on-premise business — where people come in and brew their own beer — remains wildly popular, as does the attached restaurant. But the brewery has grown quite a bit since the early days when it marketed its beer as Ringneck Brewing.

It now operates the brew-on-premise business and restaurant in Strongsville, a separate production brewery in Strongsville, nanobrewery in Hudson and restaurant in Amherst.