20072 employees + 1 dog1,050HL beer brewed0 Bars
MARTIN AND I (JAMES) WERE BORED OF THE INDUSTRIALLY BREWED LAGERS AND STUFFY ALES THAT DOMINATED THE UK BEER MARKET.
We decided the best way to fix this undesirable predicament was to brew our own. Consequently in April 2007 BrewDog was born.
Both only 24 at the time, we leased a building in Fraserburgh, got some scary bank loans, spent all our money on stainless steel and started making some hardcore craft beers.
We brewed tiny batches, filled bottles by hand and sold our beers at local markets and out of the back of our beat up old van.
Our biggest mission when we set up BrewDog was to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are. And that is still our biggest mission today.
20089 employees + 1 dog4,050HL beer brewed0 Bars
THINGS STARTED GETTING CRAZY FOR US IN 2008. THEY HAVE STAYED CRAZY, OR PERHAPS GOT EVEN CRAZIER, EVER SINCE.
We somehow persuaded the banks to give us money to buy loads more tanks and a proper bottling machine.
We masterminded the UK's strongest ever beer, Tokyo. This resulted in a huge media storm, and if you believed the headlines, the downfall of Western civilisation.
The Portman Group pretty much banned all of our beers. But we started exporting to Sweden, Japan and America. We also got to go on TV with Oz Clark.
And in only the 2nd year of BrewDog we became Scotland’s largest independent brewery.
200924 employees + 1 dog9,500HL beer brewed0 Bars
By this point, BrewDog had become the UK’s fastest-growing alternative beer brand, and the Punk IPA became the top-selling IPA in Scandinavia.
To keep up with the sheer demand for our beers we needed more huge tanks, but had no room inside our Fraserburgh brewery to put them. So when they arrived, outside they went.
We also launched Equity for Punks. In a ground-breaking first, we offered people the opportunity to buy shares in our company online. Over 1,300 invested and our anti-business business model was born.
We continued to push boundaries and smash people's perceptions of what beer can be by brewing the world's strongest ever beer, Tactical Nuclear Penguin at 32%.
We also aged a beer on the deck of a fishing boat, smashed loads of industrial beers with a golf club and grew our business by 200% (in the worst recession for generations).
201039 employees + 1 dog15,800HL beer brewed1 Bar
2010 WAS A VERITABLE ROLLER COASTER FOR US AS WE CONTINUED OUR MISSION TO SPREAD THE CRAFT BEER GOSPEL.
Opening our first craft beer bar in our home town of Aberdeen was a dream come true, and we were blown away by the response from customers.
We picked up the Gold Medal for Hardcore IPA at the World Beer Cup and James became Scotland's youngest ever Entrepreneur of the Year.
We brewed a 55% abv beer and packed it in roadkill, making it the world's most expensive beer ever as we fused the seldom-colliding worlds of art, craft beer and taxidermy.
We managed to find space for even more fermentation tanks in our increasingly cramped brewery and we also held our first ever AGM for our Equity Punk shareholders in a very snowy Aberdeen in December.
201167 employees + 1 dog26,750HL beer brewed4 Bars
Due to the run-away success of BrewDog Aberdeen we were able to open bars in Edinburgh, Glasgow and a flagship London venue in Camden.
In true BrewDog style we announced our arrival in the capital by driving down Camden High Street in a BrewDog tank.
We also brewed a beer at the bottom of the ocean (seriously), dispensed a 28% beer from a modified deer's head and grew our business over 200% (again!) as we started building our new eco-brewery with demand for our beers reaching scary new levels.
Most significantly we also launched Equity for Punks II, raising over £2.2m to help us continue to grow and welcoming over 5,000 new shareholders.
Martin also dressed up as the Queen for our year end video blog.
2012135 employees + 1 dog36,500HL beer brewed10 Bars
2012 was one hell of a year for BrewDog. We moved from our cobbled-together brewery in Fraserburgh to a state of the art eco-brewery in Ellon.
What started out as a dream five years earlier had become our new reality. The world-class HQ enabled us to tighten every aspect of production, whilst making even more amazing craft beer than ever before.
We were able to grow revenues by 95%, and were awarded the Fastest Growing Company in Scotland and also listed in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 as the fastest growing food and drink company in the UK.
Six new BrewDog bars opened across the UK, with a new London flagship in Shoreditch as Diageo infamously cheated us from an award for our bars which resulted in another global media storm.
We also projected ourselves naked onto the houses of parliament, made a special beer for the Olympics, launched the phenomenal Dead Pony Club and hosted 2,000 Equity Punks in Aberdeen for our rock ‘n roll AGM.
2013224 employees + 1 dog53,500HL beer brewed13 Bars
2013 was pretty epic. We raised £4.25m through Equity for Punks III, smashing crowd-funding records along the way, welcoming almost 10,000 new investors from 22 different countries.
We recorded the first season of our own BrewDogs TV show in the US, brewing amazing beers with some of America’s best craft brewers.
We opened our first ever international bar in Stockholm, holding a funeral for generic beer in the centre of the Swedish capital. We were also flattered and bemused in equal measure when a fake BrewDog bar opened in China.
In beer terms, we launched the insanely popular Jack Hammer, doubled the size of our brand new brewery and held mandatory company yoga sessions for all our team in the carpark. (One of these is a lie).
2014358 employees + 1 dog90,000HL beer brewed26 Bars
2014 was a whirlwind as we continued our mission to make other people as passionate about great beer as we are by adding more beers, more bars, more customers and more team members to our business.
Our assault on humanity continued with the opening of 12 new BrewDog bars as far afield as Brazil and Japan, as well as our first BottleDog and the awesome DogTap at BrewDog HQ.
We also updated our branding and hit the headlines for sticking it to The Portman Group as well as Russian premier, Vladimir Putin.
We released 36 different BrewDog beers, unleashed Truck Norris on the world, hit the screens with a second season of BrewDogs and shipped our beers to 55 different countries. We did not sleep much.