Standing in the middle of Numbers Brewing Co.'s new production facility, co-owner and brewer Brock Beatty makes a bold prediction.

Within five years, he says, the new 15-barrel Deutsche Beverage Technology brewing system will be the brewery's pilot system — at least if the Lisbon brewery continues growing as it has.

"We're very, very blessed and fortunate that as production has increased so has the demand for our product," Beatty said this week during a tour.

Numbers opened in 2016 as a two-barrel nanobrewery in a little building on North Beaver Street in the Columbiana County community. Since, the brewery has expanded the interior, added a small kitchen, upgraded its bathrooms, built a large, flower-filled outdoor patio with a bar and stage for musical acts, began distributing in West Virginia and earlier this year fired up its 2,000-square-foot production brewery to satisfy the increasing thirst for its beers.

The brewery had been contract brewing to keep up with demand, but was able to bring all the beer-making in-house when it opened the new production facility.

Many people will get their first peek at the production brewery, which is located behind the patio, on Saturday (Aug. 24) when Numbers hosts its fourth annual Block Party — a giant beer, food and music festival that's expected to attract about 2,000 people. The event runs from 1 to 11 p.m., with tickets going for $20.

Beatty said the brewery's goal is to just keep growing, especially around its base in the Lisbon region. Numbers produced about 240 barrels last year and expects to make about 1,500 barrels over the first full year with its new system.

"We're finding our rhythm now," he said.

Numbers can be found in 200 locations, with most of them in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties, along with West Virginia. The brewery — which distributes mainly draft beer with some cans through mobile canning company Iron Heart Canning — has been self-distributing in the Buckeye State but is considering signing up with a distributor in Ohio now.

Beatty estimates that Numbers is hitting only "10% of our potential in Ohio."

The top seller is 22 Blood Orange, a beer made with blood orange puree. The brewery will soon release three beers made for the first time with the new brewing system: OCTO-beerfest, 424 Devil's Blueberry Wheat and 3A's American Apple Ale, which is produced each year for the community's Johnny Appleseed Festival.

The region has seen plenty of growth in craft breweries over the last several years. There are many breweries within a short drive, including Birdfish in Columbiana, Sandy Springs in Minerva, Paladin and Biker in Austintown Township and Noble Creature in Youngstown.

Beatty, though, isn't worried about competition as the brewery grows.

"I don't think it'd hurt if there were a brewery across the street," he said.