A Whitehall brewery plans to relocate within the city and open a new taproom for its craft beers by Nov. 1.

"We are excited to get started (on construction)," said Anthony McKeivier, 31, of Reynoldsburg, who with his business partner, Tony Hill, 31, of Circleville, owns and operates 2 Tones Brewing Co.

Construction of a new 3,400-square-foot brewery and taproom at 4539 E. Broad St. was scheduled to begin at the start of this week, McKeivier said.

Construction is weather-dependent, but the project is expected to require 60 to 75 days.

"We hope to be open by Nov. 1," McKeivier said.

The construction cost is about $250,000 but the equipment, furnishing and other finishes will increase the cost of the project to about $400,000, McKeivier said.

Meanwhile, the business partners will continue brewing at the company's original location at 145 N. Hamilton Road that opened in August 2016.

"We are thrilled with how far we've come in two years," McKeivier said. "We've exceeded the goals we set."

The success has been good enough for Hill to turn his full-time attention to the operation of 2 Tones.

"We hope (the new taproom) is a steppingstone to even bigger things," Hill said.

McKeivier and Hill not only are business partners but close friends.

They met playing soccer in fifth grade, attended Circleville High School and were roommates at Ohio State University, where the idea for a craft-beer business began.

"It was Tony (and his brother) that turned me on to craft beer. I was still drinking Bud Light and Coors, and they kept pushing me to try craft beers. They finally pushed hard enough and I tried one ... there was no going back," McKeivier recalled.

"Yeah, we had to push it on him ... he wasn't used to that much flavor (in a beer) ... but he found a style he liked and acquired a taste (for craft beers)," Hill said.

As McKeivier began home-brewing in his Reynoldsburg garage about six years ago with Hill, he said he began to realize their hobby could be a business.

They practiced with a variety of recipes and styles and by 2013 had honed their skill well enough to win best of show in the Barley Brewing Co.'s home-brew competition for their India pale ale, called 2 Tones IPA.

It and Uncle Joe's Irish red ale are the company's flagship products.

Today, it makes about 14 different seasonal or rotating varieties.

The new 3,400-square-foot business will have a 2,400-square-foot brewery and a 1,000-square-foot taproom.

It will not have a kitchen, "but there will be a food option every night," McKeivier said.

The food options most often will involve on-site food trucks, but catering is an occasional possibility, he said.

When the brewery opened in 2016, it produced about 10 barrels a month. That quantity doubled within a year; the partners plan to produce 40 barrels a month at the new brewery.

The new site on the south side of East Broad Street at Santa Maria Lane most recently operated as Ideal Precision.

Patrons will be able to either purchase beer to go or drink it at the new location.

The product also is available at a growing number of retail stores and restaurants, including the central Ohio locations of Mellow Mushroom, the Ohio Tap Room in Grandview Heights, Red Brick Tavern in Marion, Millstone Barbeque in Logan and Barley Hopsters in Delaware.

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