Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has officially received the green light from the Brisbane City Council to begin the construction of its $30 million brewery in Brisbane’s Murarrie. The development includes the construction of a 50 hecoliter, 3000 metres squared brewing and canning facility as well as a restaurant, taproom and visitor centre.
BrewDog announced in February of this year that it had settled on Brisbane as the home of its Australian headquarters. The development application was submitted mid-March and was presented to the local council in mid-May who gave their support for the development. Director of BrewDog Zarah Prior said the company is excited to settle properly into Australia. “We are here to deliver fresh BrewDog beer to the people of Australia, to share our experiences from the past 11 years, and collaborate with the incredible local beer scene,” said Zarah. “Today, we are one step closer to realising this mission.”
BrewDog was founded in 2007 by school friends James Watt and Martin Dickie and their dog Bracken. They set out on a mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as they were, and today the company operates two breweries, in Ellon, Scotland and Columbus, Ohio, as well as more than 50 bars worldwide. In building a brewery in Australia, BrewDog is shortening the distance between the people who make their beer and the people who drink it, ensuring Australians have access to the freshest BrewDog beer possible.
Brisbane City Council’s approval of BrewDog’s development application means that the brewery is now on schedule to start construction in July this year. The building is due to be completed by the end of 2018, and the first Brisbane-brewed BrewDog beer should be released in the first quarter of 2019. The brewery is planning a major launch party with the local community and fans from far and wide.
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