We were all a bit bummed when Blue Cat Brew Pub closed last year, but now there's reason to raise a glass again. Big Swing Brewing Company is the newest restaurant/brewery to come to The District.

Big Swing will open Friday in the building formerly occupied by the Blue Cat Brew Pub at 113 18th St. according to QCOnline.com.

The Blue Cat closed last August when owners Dan Cleaveland and his sister, Martha Cleaveland decided to sell it. The pub first opened in 1994.

Co-owner John Timmer said he wants Big Swing to continue the local brewpub tradition.

Timmer and partners will retain Blue Cat brewmaster Dan Cleaveland at Big Swing, Timmer said. Last year, Cleaveland told the Dispatch-Argus that the new owners “want to try and keep the legacy of the Blue Cat going with different things, so they have all the recipes.”

According to Timmer, the opening weekend will feature 10 beers on tap. In-house brewing won’t be ready until licensing is approved in the coming weeks. The Big Swing menu will have upscale gastro pub fare, with a “beer theme” and “comfort food,” he said.

Read the entire QCOnline story here.