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Big changes on tap for 100-year-old Troy church that will be transformed into brewery

Big changes on tap for 100-year-old Troy church that will be transformed into brewery (WKEF/WRGT)

TROY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Some changes are on tap for a historic church in Miami County.

Located across the street from the historic Miami County courthouse, the Gospel Community Church in Troy has nearly 100 years of history of its own.

In just a few months, the house of God won't be filled with bibles. Instead, it will become a brewery filler with beer.

"Downtown Troy doesn't have a brewery, we really don't have a brewery in the county," Nicole Loy, Executive Director of Troy Main Street, said. "So this is a really big thing. It's going to be great for the community. It's something the community has asked for since I've been here."

Their prayers have been answered.

This spring, Moller Brew Barn, which is based out of Maria Stein in Mercer County, will open their second location inside the church building.

"They're not trying to change anything about Troy or about that building," Loy said. "They're going to use it as they create their beers."

Nick Moeller said they chose the building for the expansion because of it's unique qualities.

"It has a great layout and the architecture of the front of the building with the church and the high ceiling and the lights coming down, we just thought that would make a great atmosphere," Moeller said.

The brewery is expected to create about 25 jobs and have an economic impact of half a million dollars, but that economic impact could be even larger.

Just four blocks up the road, construction continues on the new Kettering Health Network hospital, which is expected to open around the same time as the brewery.

"The hospital's going to have a huge impact because there will be a lot of people who may not have been to downtown, go downtown whether it be for work or if they're a patient at the hospital or a family member who is visiting someone and we just want to make sure that people know we're here," Loy said.

Loy said even though the brewery won't be open until the spring, they're already partnering with Moeller Brew Barn for community events.

In just two weeks, the city will be hosting a doughnut jam and Moeller will be the exclusive beer provider for that event.

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