UK: BrewDog launches new brewery
BrewDog has invested GBP7.8m in the site
Brewdog has officially unveiled a new GBP7.8m (US$12.3m) craft brewery around 30 miles from its previous site in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The Ellon-based “eco-brewery” claims to be the world's first crowd-funded production site, as it was backed by members of the public who invested in the company. Initial capacity will be 100,000 hectolitres per year at the site, with the potential to expand to 500,000 hectolitres, a BrewDog spokeperson told just-drinks earlier today (23 January).
It expects to be able to produce around six times more beer than at its previous brewery, in Fraserburgh, also in Aberdeenshire.
Co-founder James Watt said: "We are massively excited about the launch of our new brewery - it means we can reach so many more people with our beers and have so much more space to experiment in and develop epic new ideas."
Around 25 jobs are being created with the opening, the spokesperson added. The company anticipates growing its staff numbers to 75 in the next five years.
BrewDog also operates ten bars in the UK, with further sites set to open in Leeds and Stockhom this year.
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