Last week, Scottish craft brewer, BrewDog, announced its plans to open its highly anticipated Australian brewery and HQ right on the river in Brisbane’s Murarrie area. The brewery revealed last summer that it had narrowed its search for a site to Newcastle and Brisbane.
According to BrewDog, the brewery’s investment in Brisbane will total $30 million, which includes the construction of the 50hl, 3,000 sqm brewing and canning facility. The site will also boast a restaurant, taproom and visitor center. Brewdog noted that the launch of BrewDog Australia is expected to generate 150 jobs in the Brisbane area over the next 5 years, and the brewery will soon be recruiting for a Head of Production. While sharing details about the upcoming brewery, Zarah Prior, Director of BrewDog Australia stated:
“We’ve been so humbled by the support from local businesses as well as the local community who have shown a real passion for BrewDog to call Brissie home. It’s a city that’s on the brink of some incredible growth, and we can’t wait to be a part of that. There are tonnes of amazing local breweries we’re looking forward to working alongside and collaborating with. From local brewing pioneers Green Beacon and Newstead, through to up and coming breweries like our mates at Range Brewing. We are hugely appreciative of the support we received from Brisbane Marketing, Austrade, and the Queensland Government all of whom played a role in sealing the deal for Brisbane.
“We couldn’t have received a warmer welcome from the government, people and craft beer community in Newcastle. The passion the community has shown for creating incredible beer is inspiring, and we look forward to a close relationship with Newcastle and other cities in New South Wales as we grow our beer distribution and BrewDog bar network.”
James Watt, BrewDog Co-Founder, then commented:
“Australians are some of the most passionate and informed beer drinkers on the planet. The encouragement I received from the craft beer movement during my last visit in the country blew me away. I’m glad our Australian fans at home and in the diaspora were relentless in pushing for a brewery, and I look forward to sharing my first can of Aussie brewed Punk IPA with them!”
BrewDog also reported that its remarkable growth has been powered by its Equity for Punks crowdfunding initiative, which has seen the Scottish brewery raise over £52 million since 2009 from more than 70,000 craft beer fans across Europe and America. Construction is due to start in the second half of 2018 and first Australia brewed BrewDog beers are expected to roll out in early 2019.
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