Scottish brewer, BrewDog, is to open a state-of-the-art Australian brewery and HQ on the river in Brisbane’s Murarrie area.
Following numerous scouting trips, meetings and feasibility studies, BrewDog settled on the Queensland capital as the site of Australian headquarters.
BrewDog’s investment in Brisbane will total AUD $30m (£17m), including the construction of the 50hl, 3,000 sqm brewing and canning facility. The site will also boast a restaurant, taproom and visitor centre.
Construction is due to start in the second half of 2018 and the first Australia brewed BrewDog beers are expected to roll out in early 2019.
BrewDog will be brewing its full line-up of headliner beers such as Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club and Jet Black Heart, as well as small-batch brews specifically for the regional market.
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.
BrewDog’s remarkable growth has been powered by its record-breaking Equity for Punks crowdfunding initiative, which has seen the Scottish brewery raise over £52million since 2009 from more than 70,000 craft beer fans across Europe and America.
Zarah Prior, Director of BrewDog Australia said:
“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.”
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said:
“BrewDog’s choice of Brisbane over other interstate locations to open its first brewery outside of the UK and the US is a vote of confidence in our state from one of the world’s most successful independent breweries.”
James Watt, BrewDog cofounder said:
“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!”