THE GREAT BREWDOG INTERNATIONAL BAR HUNT
So, those New Year’s Resolutions. How are they going? If you’ve reached for the biscuits a couple of times more than you should, or left the trainers yellowing in a cupboard – don’t worry about it. There’s plenty of time remaining in 2015 to get back into the good habits (or if not, buy another pair of trainers in the summer). For promises made at the start of the year to be kept, there needs to be some kind of incentive to keep your spirits up. An incentive, say, like having a BrewDog bar open in your city? Yes, we’re on the hunt for more great locations for our global bars – and if you know of a perfect site in the following areas – let us know! (And besides, helping others in their time if need is also a pretty good resolution to follow).
The 2015 Great International Bar Hunt is now on!
There are many locations that we are keen on (see later) – but as we begin the year, our prime focus is on one specific city and one very cool country. The city is Berlin – we had a number of sites there in mind, stretching back over the last eighteen months, but sadly none have come to fruition. We are still looking for that perfect site for BrewDog Berlin though, and really want to make it happen. We’re open to considering any area in the city, with minimum size being at least 150 square metres. The site must be able to be operated as a bar and we would consider sites large enough to also be a brewpub.
As to the country, well, we think the time is right for BrewDog USA to become a reality, and are really interested in sites on both the west and east coasts of America. For the west coast we are looking for a site that could operate as a brewpub; it would therefore need to be between 6,000-8,000 square feet and be able to obtain a licence for a bar and brewery. For our east coast location, we are looking for somewhere that would be operated as a bar only, and would have a minimum size requirement of 2,000 square feet.
How does that sound? We can’t wait to find the perfect location!
As you may or may not know, we normally launch our international bars with awesome, passionate local partners; for an ideal candidate, we are ideally after the following:-
- Strong local knowledge, on the ground. A solid grasp of the local beer and bar scene, coupled with an understanding of what is current around the city, and a decent awareness for the districts and areas around town.
- Operational experience within hospitality is also very high on our list of priorities, so having run a bar before is pretty handy.
- Lastly, you will need to be mega passionate about craft beer and really want to build a successful business with us!
As long as you tick all of the above and are keen to make this project kick ass, our resident Mr World in charge of all International Bars, Neil Taylor ([email protected]), wants to hear from you! Let him know the locations that fit the bill, and why you would be the perfect partner for BrewDog in that area.
It’s not just those two areas we have in mind, though. The list below features planned or potential international bar openings for 2015 – these are locations where we have a foothold, or a bar that is in the works. However, we are always keen to hear from people on the ground who may have unusual information, or have spotted a fantastic site we can turn into one of our bars. If that’s you – then get in touch with our Neil!
• Hong Kong
But that’s not all! Aside from Germany and the USA there are many other places around the world where we are keen to open a BrewDog bar. We’re actively looking for local partners in these locations, to provide us with available sites and suggestions of the best places to open. If you know of the ultimate place for a craft beer bar in one of these countries – or anywhere else for that matter (this list is by no means exhaustive) where BrewDog can really shine, then let us know!
• New Zealand
• South Korea
So what do you think? Where should we open in these countries? As we saw with Helsinki, you never know where a simple suggestion will lead…