Ohio Brewing Co. is back.

The brewery, which shuttered its Highland Square location in Akron in late 2017, has opened its new, long-awaited brewpub at 2250 Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls.

"It's a beautiful place," co-founder Chris Verich said with a smile during a recent tour. "This is a relaunching of Ohio Brewing."

The brewery occupies a two-story, red brick building at the corner of Front and Stow Avenue within the city's former pedestrian mall. It joins a thriving craft brewery scene in Cuyahoga Falls that already features HiHO, McArthur's and Missing Mountain.

The building, which once housed the Fox Buick auto dealership and showroom, had to undergo more than a year's worth of renovations to be ready for the 15-barrel brewing system, tasting room and restaurant. The developers received a $249,000 state historic tax credit for the project.

"It's been a long haul," Verich said about the construction.

He describes the brewery as spacious. Indeed, the open and airy first floor is awash with colors from Ohio Brewing's logo — red, black, yellow and white. The well-worn hardwood floors also stand out.

"This is the original floor," General Manager Toni Davis said. "We tried to keep the quirkiness of the building."

The brewpub offers a variety of seating ranging from picnic tables to high-top tables to a 25-seat copper top bar. The Heritage Equipment stainless steel brewing system is tucked in a back corner, while tanks line one wall.

The brewpub also features large windows that look onto Front. An outdoor patio will curve around the front and side of the building.

The basement has another bar, along with pool tables, pinball machines and video games. The top floor is being renovated into an events space.

The main bar offers 32 taps, with a blend of Ohio Brewing and guest beers. The brewery had only a handful of its own beers available when it opened, but is adding them with time, with the hope that half the beers eventually will be from Ohio Brewing.

Mark Harris, 32, who previously served as a brewer with the McMenamins chain based in Portland, Oregon, is overseeing the brewing. He's originally from Illinois and said he was looking to escape the high cost of living in the Pacific Northwest.

He is excited to help Ohio Brewing launch brewpubs in Cuyahoga Falls and Columbus, and oversee both locations. The Columbus site is still under construction.

"I like challenges," Harris said.

He plans to produce Ohio Brewing staples such as Verich Gold and flesh out the beer menu with new modern styles.

"You're going to see New England, hazy styles and big, flavorful stouts," he said.

He promised a wide variety, along with barrel aging and mixed fermentation down the road. Verich said he wants to launch an IPA program that will showcase a new IPA released each month.

Ohio Brewing has invested in a canning line and will distribute its beers.

Meanwhile, the food menu also is still growing. Right now, it features everything from chicken wings to a half-pound Angus beef burger to a grilled chicken breast salad to an Italian sausage sandwich. But people can expect more offerings soon, including vegetarian dishes.

"I don't want to be a burger joint," Davis said.

Ohio Brewing — which previously operated locations in Akron, Youngstown and Niles — is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. A grand opening has yet to be scheduled.