Ready to start expanding, BrewDog announced on Monday its plans to open its North American headquarters and first production facility outside the UK in Canal Winchester, which is located in the Columbus, Ohio region. This news comes just weeks after the brewery revealed its keen interest in the Buckeye state.
According to its recent press release, BrewDog was inundated with enquiries after it revealed preliminary plans for its USA expansion earlier this month, with the brewery’s Facebook page noting unprecedented shares of the story, reaching more than 150,000 people.
BrewDog’s investment in the brewing facility in Columbus will total $30.4million, including the construction of a 100,000 square foot facility in Canal Winchester, to be completed by August 2016. This will be the main brewing site for all BrewDog USA’s beer production, as well as boasting a restaurant, taproom and visitor center. The launch of BrewDog USA will generate 125 jobs.
The site in Ohio will initially serve the U.S. market with potential to export to other countries. It will produce more than 85,200 barrels in its first year of production, increasing capacity in years 2 and 3 until it reaches 852,000 barrels.
James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog explained:
“The people of Ohio have absolutely bowled us over with their enthusiasm, passion for beer and warm welcome! Their reaction has been incredible, it’s awesome to know we’ve made the right choice with where to lay the foundations for our American home, and we’ll be throwing one helluva party to thank the locals for their support!
“Our international expansion plans have always been ambitious, but our intentions stateside are probably up there with some of the most ambitious, bombastic, exciting ventures we’ve ever embarked upon. America has one of the world’s most eclectic, energetic beer scenes imaginable, and we’re psyched to be pledging allegiance to the craft beer revolution in the USA. Planet BrewDog just gained a continent.”
BrewDog has announced that it will be funding the American expansion in part using finance raised through its U.S crowdfunding round, Equity for Punks USA. The capital raised from investors will be used to fund in particular the expansion of the BrewDog brewery and its international bar division, as well as launching new projects like a craft beer hotel, custom sour beer facility and a distillation plant.
Equity for Punks USA, which will be for Americans and specifically to fund American BrewDog projects, is expected to open soon.
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