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Brewdog to build brewery and open first bars in US

Published:  11 June, 2015

Brewdog is to build its first brewery outside the UK to supply beer to five bars it intends to open in the US.

The new-build brewery will be in Columbus, Ohio, and will be funded through an American US version of its Equity For Punks crowdfunding scheme which will launch later this year.

The production site will occupy 42 acres and include Brewdog's American office, visitor centre, a restaurant and taproom.

It will make core brands such as Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club and Jackhammer as well as excusive brews for the US market.

The five bars will be in vibrant craft beer centres in the north east, Florida and on the West Coast.

The plans mark Brewdog's first forays on to American soil, though it already has bars in Barcelona, Bologna, Florence, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.

New bars are due to open in Rome and Oslo this year.

Brewdog co-founder James Watt said: "America's epic brewers have led the craft beer charge and inspired a generation of UK craft brewers not least ourselves.

"Columbus has got a fantastic beer scene already and the people have always been so welcoming to us, so we felt it would be the perfect location for our stateside operation."

Brewdog said the new brewery will create 100 jobs and the company will send extra staff on secondment from its base in Scotland.

"The new brewery will act as a sister to our current site in Ellon, Aberdeen, and we hope to develop a fluid exchange of knowledge, passion and beer flowing back and forth across the Atlantic," added Watt.

Brewdog has appointed Andrew Hatherell as its first head of international sales. He was previously regional director for Asia at Budweiser and Stella Artois brewer AB-Inbev.