Scottish brewery BrewDog has announced it will open its Australian headquarters and brewing facility in Brisbane.
After six months of scouting trips and meetings, the city beat Newcastle to become the location of the new brewery.
The Australian brewery will be the company’s third location, adding to its sites in Scotland and the US, it will open up an opportunity for the business to export to Asia.
BrewDog said it will invest 30 million Australian dollars (£16.9 million) in the Brisbane project, which will also include a canning facility, taproom, restaurant and visitor centre.
The company will brew 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.
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.”
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!”
Construction will start later this year with the first locally brewed BrewDog beers to roll out early next year. The project is expected to generate 150 jobs in the Brisbane area over the next five years.