Scottish craft brewery, BrewDog has announced its plans to open its North American headquarters and first production facility outside the UK in Canal Winchester, located in the Columbus Region of Ohio. The brewery was inundated with enquiries after it revealed preliminary plans for its USA expansion earlier this month, with the BrewDog Facebook page noting unprecedented shares of the story, reaching more than 150,000 people.
BrewDog’s investment in the brewing facility in Columbus will total $30.4million, including the construction of a 100,000 square foot facility in Canal Winchester, to be completed by August 2016. The site will be the main brewing site for all BrewDog USA’s beer production, as well as boasting a restaurant, taproom and visitor centre.
The site in Ohio will initially serve the U.S. market with potential to export to other countries. It will produce more than 85,200 barrels in its first year of production, increasing capacity in years 2 and 3 until it reaches 852,000 barrels.
Funding the American expansion
BrewDog has announced that it will be funding the American expansion in part using finance raised via a U.S crowdfunding round: Equity for Punks USA. Last month it launched a landing page for more information about the scheme, which it hopes to open later this year. Interested potential investors can sign up for more information here
Hiring for the brewery’s USA site will begin in 2016 and will include positions in production, sales and management. Applications for the role of CEO, BrewMaster, VP of Sales and CFO are welcome by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and prospective Brewers, Packaging Operators and Lab & Quality Managers are invited to get in contact via the same email address.
Pictured top: the BrewDog brewery at Ellon, Scotland