Scottish craft beer maker BrewDog has formally announced plans to open its first brewery overseas with the construction of a facility in the mid-Western United States.
The full-scale 100,000 square foot craft brewery is to be sited in Canal Winchester, located in the Columbus Region of Ohio, USA and will be constructed at a total cost of $30.4 million. The facility is expected to open by August 2016.
The new site in Ohio will initially serve the US market but 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.
James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog, commented: “Our international expansion plans have always been ambitious, but our intentions stateside are probably up there with some of the most ambitious, bombastic, exciting ventures we’ve ever embarked upon. America has one of the world’s most eclectic, energetic beer scenes imaginable, and we’re psyched to be pledging allegiance to the craft beer revolution in the USA. Planet BrewDog just gained a continent”.
BrewDog said it would help to fund its Columbus project through Equity for Punks USA, a crowdfunding scheme.