It looks like a new British invasion is in the works, or shall we say an invasion from that northern section of the UK known as Scotland.
Brewdog, the Scottish brewery known for its bold and flavorful beers as well as the likable, convivial spirit of founders James Watt and Martin Dickie, is ready to expand production to the USA. According to a recent Brewdog blog post, the Scottish brewery is in final talks to open up a production brewery in Columbus, Ohio. The exact words, taken from the Brewdog web site, are:
“We are delighted to announce that we are in advanced discussions for a site in Columbus, Ohio, that would house our USA production brewery.” The statement continued, saying “We will hopefully be able to provide you all with more of an update on this as soon as we can. In the meantime, we will continue to work hard to make this plan a reality!”
Why Columbus, Ohio, you might ask? Well, as you might recall, Stone Brewing had it sights on Columbus as a potential location for its eastward expansion. Ultimately, Richmond Virginia won the prize, but Stone Brewing co- founder Greg Koch liked what he saw in Columbus and recommended it as a possible site for a Brewdog invasion. Apparently, Brewdog liked it, too, and they immediately began scouting the area and studying its merits as a possible location for an American expansion.
Brewdog is a fast growing business. It was founded in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2007 and in 2014, the company brewed 75,000 barrels of craft beer. If things go as planned, the Columbus brewery would have similar capacity, potentially doubling Brewdog’s output. It would be the largest brewery in Columbus and the third largest craft brewery in the state of Ohio.