Scottish-based BrewDog confirmed today that it will build a new brewery in Columbus, Ohio, with a plan to make it the base of further expansion into the U.S. market.
“Columbus has got a fantastic beer scene already, so it’s going to be fun to brew our beer in this vibrant Midwestern metro,” the company stated at its Internet web site. “We considered so many potential locations in the U.S. but eventually it was how much we loved the people of Columbus and how welcome they made us feel on our visits that put Columbus firmly at the top of our list.”
BrewDog has agreed to buy 42 acres of land to build a 100,000-square-foot “kick ass” craft brewery. It will have a 100-barrel brewhouse, as well as canning and packaging lines and a small bottling line for special edition brews. The site also will be home to the companyâ€™s U.S. headquarters, a visitor center, a restaurant and a taproom. The facility is expected to employ more than 100.
“We see the Columbus brewery operation as a sister brewery to our Aberdeen one with an interflow and exchange of knowledge, passion, people, expertise and beer flowing back and forth over the Atlantic,” the company stated.
A prospectus for European investors estimated the U.S. brewery cost at $4.6 million.
It isn’t necessarily a done deal. The company said incentives and site details need to be finalized. “But we are completely committed to making BrewDog Columbus a reality very, very soon,” the company wrote.