Brewdog’s new Carlisle bar opening delayed

December 4, 2018

The opening of Brewdog’s new Carlisle bar has been delayed with a company spokesperson saying the bar will open in “early 2019” despite being set to open this week.

A spokesperson for Brewdog told Catering Today that the delay “wasn’t unusual” for Brewdog’s projects and added that it was just “one of those things”. Brewdog said it had no confirmed date for when the bar would open.

When announcing the Carlisle bar, Brewdog said it had been targeting the town for a while, planning to collaborate with local Cumbrian brewers. The Carlisle outlet is expected to serve the chain’s well-known range of food and craft beers.

Related: BrewDog to launch craft beer bar franchise

Earlier this year Brewdog announced it was to offer shareholders the opportunity to open craft bars under the Brewdog name with a new franchise agreement.

Source: Catering Today

BrewDog launches first airport bar at Edinburgh Airport

November 23, 2018

BrewDog has opened its first airport bar at Edinburgh Airport.

It’s the latest move by the Aberdeenshire craft brewer which has expanded rapidly this year.

The bar is in the airport’s new terminal expansion and will be operated by TRG Concessions in a franchise partnership with BrewDog.

It’s also the brewer’s third in the Scottish capital.

BrewDog co-founder James Watt said: “We think of Edinburgh as a second home having experienced the city’s craft beer scene growing into a lively, impassioned hub of innovation and flavour.”

Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “We’ve been working extremely hard to improve the facilities across the airport and this is the latest stage in that project.”

The bar is BrewDog’s third in the Scottish capital

Managing Director of TRG Concessions Nick Ayerst said:  “We are delighted to open the world’s first BrewDog Airport bar in Edinburgh.”

The Edinburgh Airport bar is the second of three BrewDogs is opening up this month in Scotland.

It opened the doors on its third Aberdeen bar in Union Square Shopping Centre.

It is also due to launch in Perth, while bars are planned for Brixton in south London and Budapest in Hungary.

Related: BrewDog to launch craft beer bar franchise

Earlier in November, David Gates steps in as managing director of BrewDog Distilling, makers of LoneWolf vodka and gin.

He brings 27 years of experience in the industry to BrewDog’s distillery team as it bids to redefine the spirits industry in the same way as it has transformed the beer business.

In October it created what is billed as Europe’s first fully refrigerated beer warehouse after purchasing the 129,000 sq ft Vertex building at Eurocentral.

The Aberdeenshire-based brewery struck a deal with Muse Developments for the site, which it has dubbed the Hop Hub.

And in August BrewDog opened the doors of what was billed as the world’s first beer hotel inside its US brewery in Columbus, Ohio.

Source: Insider

BrewDog to launch craft beer bar franchise

October 9, 2018

BrewDog is to start offering shareholders the chance to open their own craft beer bars under a franchise agreement.

The brewer announced the move in an update today laying out its “blueprint” for the future.

BrewDog will initially trial 10 UK locations with its ‘Equity Punk’ shareholders.

It says potential franchise locations include Ayr, North Berwick, Oban, Kirkwall, St Ives, Swansea, Northampton, Huddersfield, Newquay and Stoke on Trent and beyond.

The plans will kick off with a meeting of shareholders on 15 November.

“We now operate over 70 craft beer bars and many of the sites have been sourced by our incredible Equity Punk community,” says BrewDog.

“Now, we are offering our shareholders the chance to set up their very own craft beer outpost.

“We have had so many requests from Equity Punks looking to open their own BrewDog bar we decided to finally do a trial of up to 10 UK locations.”

The company also encouraged shareholders to join its ‘Equity for Punks Mission Control’ platform, which launched in September, in an apparent bid to avoid backlash over future marketing campaigns.

Related: BrewDog launches first airport bar at Edinburgh Airport

It will allow users to “review and input” the group’s plans on a bi-annual basis.

“This should help guide and shape all our future marketing efforts too and ensure we don’t stray too close to the line again,” BrewDog says.

The group is set to open further bars in Brixton and Dalston in December.

It says it is also planning to launch airside bars at ​Edinburgh Airport in November 2018 is eyeing a location at Manchester Airport for mid-2019, though the airport says this is not confirmed.

Source: Big Hospitality