Five months ago we welcomed Jason Pond aboard the good ship BrewDog – our new Head of Production (and ex-Navy man) joining the crew of BrewDog USA to help dial in our Columbus brewhouse. Mission accomplished, he packed his bags and relocated full time to sunny Aberdeenshire to take the helm of our Ellon brewhouse. As you can imagine he’s been fully occupied ever since – but from this week you need imagine no longer.

Jason’s first beers hit the taps of our UK bars from tonight. And he will be on hand at two of them as we host back-to-back meet the brewer events!


Jason joined us from Firestone Walker, and we love that he has brewing in his blood. In fact, we issued the ultimate challenge his way – knowing that brewers love to experiment, Captain James threw down the beery gauntlet. Jason was tasked with developing and brewing a pair of beers that he would love to drink; to distil his go-to brews and everything he loves about making beer into a twinned set of draft-only releases. Total freedom – anything he wanted. So where to start?


Small Batch Imperial Pils

“My favourite beer in the world is Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker,” he says. “I consider it to be one of the most well-balanced beers in the world. As a brewer, I fully appreciate how difficult it is to make a truly good Pilsner and since this happens to be one of my favourite beer styles, my first thought was to take that up a notch and do one with true BrewDog style. Hence the Imperial Pilsner. This is a higher ABV, slightly edgier pilsner than Kingpin retaining the classic malt character of the style but I went ahead and dry hopped it with some new age German aroma hops.”

Jason used Magnum and Spalter in the boil but then added further additions of Callista into the whirlpool and then again at the dry-hop stage. Callista is a relatively new addition to the brewers’ arsenal, giving both a classically noble hop aroma and a welcoming flavour of citrus peel and juicy stonefruit. With the quintessential pilsner malt base and German lager yeast, his Pils is a revelation and rounds out at 6.0% ABV – it is going to be quite amazing on draft!


Native Son IPA

Well, what else would a Colorado native have in his beer fridge? Jason’s second liquid response to the beery challenge laid down by James is the ultimate US style. If you love C-hops, this one is for you. Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Comet and (honorary C-hop) Simcoe sing from the glass with enormous resin, pine, citrus zest, cut grass and a juicy baseline from Vermont yeast. Brewed with Pale and Crystal malt and at 8.0% ABV this is as American as the 4th of July.

“Well I am American,” says Jason. “Our number one selling beer is an IPA so it seemed like the natural fit. This beer is my take on the classic with a simple yet clean malt base, enough bitterness to appease the taste buds without wrecking them and a hop profile that is loaded with grapefruit, citrus zest and slightly floral aromas. Think Pliny the Elder meets Punk IPA.”



You can sample these beers on draft only at any of our UK BrewDog bars from today – and if you happen to be near Glasgow or Aberdeen then you have a chance to speak to the man himself. Jason will be hosting Meet the Brewer events in our flagship bar in Aberdeen tonight (Wednesday 19th) and in DogHouse Merchant City tomorrow night (Thursday 20th) – so head on down and taste the beers whilst chatting to him about his brewing philosophy.

Be sure and leave us tasting notes in the comments below! And if there are any other styles you think Jason should turn his hand to next, leave a comment and you never know what might happen…